Peter Easton wrote:Katja, most employers will give you a telephone interview. I am an employer in China and I never hire a person without interviewing them.
Oh, that's good to hear
Peter Easton wrote: Not true. A Scot would more likely get a job than you because he is a native speaker and a Scottish accent is a standard and authentic accent in English.
Granted. At the same time, (considering point b) a Scottish accent may be more difficult to understand for a Chinese student than a more neutral accent - whoever speaks it. If students do manage to pick it up, moreover, a Chinese-Scottish accent may be more difficult for others to understand than a Chinese-neutral one.
As for point a), I do approve of teachers with unusual accents, because it does present students with an example of the diversity of the English language. At the same time, if students are going to "correct" their teacher, their only means of doing so would be to compare the accent of the teacher to the pronunciation guide given in a dictionary (on what other basis could correction be made?), and the accent of a non-native speaker may in certain circumstances more closely resemble RP or whichever pronunciation is given in a dictionary, than would the accent of a Scot.
I do see why employers would prefer a native speaker over a non-native speaker - if for no other reason than that students do - but as some non-native speakers have excellent accents, it is a shame that the nationality on their passport (many ads ask specifically for teachers from the UK, the US, Australia or New Zeeland) will still determine their chances of finding employment.
But this is going off topic