Teaching English in Korea
South Korea is a beautiful country with amiable people and wonderful landscape. The exotic culture, delectable cuisine and a perfect balance between the west and the east is what makes this country special. The ESL market in Korea like most of the Asian countries in very big but this country boasts of giving the highest wages in this field. South Korea is one of the High Income Nations of the world thus the salaries are at per with the developing economy. The vibrant economy and the growing trade and commerce along with tourism have given a considerable boost to the demand of ESL teachers in this country. The criteria of becoming an ESL teacher in South Korea are also stringent but teachers who are selected are rewarded accordingly. Like most places in the orient, teachers are given immense respect in Korea. While working as an ESL teacher in Korea, the teachers will have the opportunity to travel to some of the exotic locations and witness the culture and traditions very closely.
The ESL jobs in South Korea are mostly concentrated in the main cities of this country. The teachers in the cities of South Korea will find all western amenities and facilities as these are very trendy and modern. The outlook of the people is also different as the people here have embraced the western ways by not hampering their heritage.
The second language English teachers in South Korea are appointed not just for the regular schools but also universities colleges and hagwons. The schools in Korea recruit teacher all through out the year but the main demand is during August and January. The working hours of the ESL teachers in South Korea in around 22 hours and the usual class duration is 40 to 50 minutes. The schools are open from Monday to Friday usually from 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. The wages of the ESL teachers depends on their eligibility and experience. The salaries of the English teachers in Korea range from 1300 USD to 1700 USD per month. Most of the schools in Korea provide accommodation to its teachers. The accommodations are modern and have all western amenities. The teachers are paid extra if they have to work extra hours. The average hourly payment of the teachers is around 20$ per hour.
Universities and colleges also recruit teachers as English is mandatory in the higher studies. The ESL teachers recruited for the higher levels have to have better qualification and experience. TESOL or TEFL certificate is mandatory for most of the teaching position in this country. Native English speakers are preferred over all others nationalities although qualification and experience is taken into account sometimes. A clean Police background is required for getting a valid work permit in South Korea. It is not very intelligent to work without a valid work permit as the teachers might be in legal problem is caught by the government. In these cases there is also a chance of being betrayed by the school.
The ESL teachers in South Korea will also get the opportunity to learn Korean language, while teaching English here. The teachers have to do lesson plans and join in school activities like summer camps and English seminars.