There are fantastic opportunities for TESOL graduates in this modern, vibrant Asian country. It is often a great place to begin a teaching Korea as there are plenty of opportunities, agencies to hand-hold you through the paperwork and some great 1 year contracts which include airfare, accommodation and a good wage enabling you to save. This is all due to the fact that Korea is fast becoming an economic heavyweight in the region and it is a great place to experience the culture and environment of the east, with the mod-cons of the west.
English is taught in mainstream schools, but there has also been an explosion in the number of students wishing to learn English at the Kindergarten level. Learning English in Korea is big business, and is seen as so. Sometimes the English language teacher will feel like a pawn on a chess board – the system of Hagwons (private language schools) sometimes seems to put the money before the standard of teaching.
Tips for teaching English in Korea:
* if you are aiming to work under the EPIK scheme, choose the 120-hour Teach Korea course
* alternatively a quality, accredited TESOL course such as the 120-hour TESOL Premier course
* it may be possible to find teaching with a shorter UK-based weekend/3 day course
We suggest one of these courses for this country: