In our article on LGBT teachers ([link below) we quote Scott Thornbury who suggests that TEFL attracts a higher percentage of gay teachers. In his article, Window Dressing vs Cross Dressing in EFL Sub-Culture, he actually talks about the "relatively high proportion of gays & lesbians in TEFL".
We haven't seen any research on this subject and wonder if it is actually true. So we have put in this poll to ask the question. Are you an LGBT TEFL teacher? (The poll is anonymous and you can vote without logging in; no personally identifiable information is collected.)
In the real world statistics vary, but census data suggests that about 6% of the population is LGBT. We'd just like to see what the situation is like out there in the real world of TEFL teaching!
(Note: due to a change in our system we had to replace the original poll. Please feel free to vote on this new one.)
We have the "no say" option in case someone feels that this is a subject which they'd like to contribute to but do not feel happy to tell the world what their own orientation is. Having said that it's 100% anonymous!
Scott Thornbury who suggests that TEFL attracts a higher percentage of gay teachers...
So, as far as I have understood, TEFL attracts more gays than...
Excuse me for not having understood completely, but... I wonder there's a higher percentage of gays than what? Than the usual percentage of gays in the teaching of OTHER SUBJECTS, like of teaching Math? Or than the usual percentage of gays and lesbians in the society?
It would be interesting to make it clear. Thank you in advance.
Period. Or rather an exclamation mark. More gays!!!!
My friends, I'll reveal you a secret. Any statistical sampling, which has been made among any group of adults (checker players, boxers, mathematicians or pocket thieves) will show any rate or any factor higher than average in society. At least because about 15-25 per cent of population make underage children who can't participate in such polls by definition.
So, if you want to confirm or to deny the opinion of some Mr. Thornsbury - be my guest. But please keep in mind that by scientifical correctness this is the same as an attempt to count exact quantity of angels living on the tip of a needle.
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