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ESL employers have all kinds of preferences for teachers and a lot of them can be discriminatory. Over the years that I have looked at the job boards in Asia I have encountered many schools that have posted their preferences for a female teacher.

Wanted - Female English teachers

I have seen these in China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and elsewhere. I wanted to share this so I did a little search using the keywords "female English teacher wanted" and "female English teacher preferred" and here are just a few results from the first page.

Many schools in Asia prefer female English teachers

Jobs Wanted

Female teachers who are already teaching abroad are aware of this preference too. Here are a couple posts from Dave's ESL Cafe.

  • "Korea 03/2015: Experienced American Female, Age 27, 120-hour TESOL"
  • "CELTA certified, 4 years' experience, American, Female EFL teacher for Saudi Arabia"
  • "Postgraduate certificate of TESOL (Macquarie University) - Female teacher looking for ESL teaching position in China, HK, Vietnam, Thailand, JEJU & BUSAN!"


You know employers have all kinds of preferences that can be listed or unlisted. In America people still have preferences that can be discriminatory, but they just don't list them on the job boards. In Asia it's a little different. It's not so politically correct and/or aware of the differences. They just say what they want.

Every school is different and "every situation is different", but I would say the ideal native speaking English teacher for many schools in Eastern Asia is the following. It would be a woman and she would be Caucasian, less than 30 years old, American or Canadian, and not overweight.