Become One of the English Teachers in Korea

By: Ron Edwards

Demand is growing for English teacher jobs, and one of the places where demand is high is in Korea. But what should you expect as one of the English teachers in Korea?

1.Website placement - It is possible to find a position such as English teachers in Korea if you look online through job placement websites. However, there is always an element of risk in online placement. For one, you don't know if the website is being operated by a legitimate job placement agency or employer. Without the valuable input of face-to-face interaction, you lose out on warning signs that may tell you to back out while you can. However, there are also legitimate job placement agencies that operate online. If you are determined to become one of the English teachers in Korea, ask your government agency (which is responsible for regulating placement of citizens of your country in English teacher jobs) for the names of recognized job placement agencies.

2.Public school placement - This is one type of the English teacher jobs in Korea, meaning you will be teaching Korean children in public schools. Like all English teaching jobs that are based abroad, you may have to learn the native tongue (in this case, Korean) to be more capable and competent at your job. You should also genuinely like children.

3.Private school placement - This is another type of the English teacher jobs in Korea whose only difference from the one above is that you will be teaching in private schools. The advantage of going to a private school rather than a public school is that you may get better pay, terms and perks from private schools.

4.Language school placement - English language schools in any country operate on the assumption that you know how to teach English as a Second Language. Like other English teacher jobs in Korea, you might have to be trained in basic Korean grammar and vocabulary skills first so that you can understand your students if they find it hard to express themselves in English.

5.Summer camp placement - it is not impossible to be destined for one of English teacher jobs in Korea that require you to teach summer camp. This is because learning the English language may qualify as an extra-curricular activity for some Korean schools so the Korean youngsters learn English through summer camp rather than as part of the regular curriculum of their school. The summer camp may also offer enrichment courses rather than regular English language training instead.

6.Writing positions - When you become one of the English teachers in Korea, you might have to teach Koreans how to become better writers. This means going beyond the basics of English grammar and vocabulary, and teaching Koreans how to go through the writing process - from brainstorming, to picking a topic, creating a first draft, polishing, and then producing a final draft. If this is the position you are eyeing, it helps if you have experience as a writer.

There may be other types of English teachers in Korea but these are some of the most common. As always, be cautious about accepting a position before you have looked into the background of your employer. Hopefully, you will enjoy being an English teacher in Korea.

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