Obviously schools must hire the large majority of teachers from what’s available — the pool of Brazilian teachers who speak English as a second language. Most often with a heavy accent and no native fluency in the language. This is not to say there aren’t excellent non-native ESL teachers in Brazil, but by and large the country lacks teachers with native or near-native fluency.
What can be done? Cutting the government red-tape and creating a more friendly avenue (extended work visa or a teacher guest-worker program) to allow more native speakers into the country would be a huge improvement. This is crucial.
Secondly, (in defense of the Brazilian teacher) creating a way to send more Brazilian teachers to live and experience the language abroad is also crucial and would certainly help — this involves money and political influence coming from somewhere when it comes to getting a visa to travel to English speaking countries, such as the USA. It is extremely difficult for a Brazilian to get even a tourist visa to enter the USA, let alone an extended visa as a trainee teacher. But the USA is not the only possibility as there are other viable countries out there.
Filed in: Ingles Americano