In a job portal, one of the requirements for a content writer reads can write and speak native English. It would not have caught my attention if the word native wasn’t there.
I got so confused that I had to consult Google. Google brought me to a website with a query that says ‘Who is considered a native speaker of English?’
The discussion brought up the following definitions expressing that a native speaker of English is someone who:
– has learned and used English from childhood
– knows more than the vocabulary and grammar
– can instantly identify slang, cultural references, and correct syntax
– absorbed the language through natural acquisition, not learned or taught purposely
– can judge if the use of the English language sounds normal
– thinks primarily in English and that other English speaker can recognize
I get now what native English language is. What I cannot understand is why is it a requirement in content writing? If a content writer is proficient in English and can bring leads and customers to the business, isn’t it what matters?
Why would an employer post such a requirement in a global portal? Would it be better if they post these jobs that require native English speakers/writers in a local platform?
I am confused. Please enlighten me.
My guess is the personal advertising wants the writer to write “without an accent”. Strange – but maybe a “down home” kind of writing? Casual, like at a barbeque rather than a formal event? I will keep my eye open for this – sounds odd.
Hi, Julie! Thanks for dropping by. I am not sure if the casual type of delivery fits content writing. There is a structure that has to be followed so it is truly a puzzle to me. I can understand if the requirement reads more like ‘can speak native English’. 🙂
Interesting post.I have wondered a bit about this too.But never thought in detail.Definitely discriminatory ,but maybe it helps in screening .
I have no doubt, Dr. Amrita, that it helps in screening but I am confused why the job was posted on the global portal. Thanks for your comment and for appreciating. 🙂
The practice sounds a bit discriminatory and prejudicial. It seems getting a writing sample would be a more concrete way of determining who to hire.
Hi, Lillian. Thank you for your comment. There must be a reason for that practice. I believe that when it comes to content, what is most important is you get the attention of the audience. It’s the premise of the content that is most important. 🙂
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