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Korea ranks second on the global education index

Notorious for the amount spent on higher education, Korea reaps the rewards ranking second out of 50 countries by Pearson Education on a new global education index called the Learning Curve.


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We suggest if you get a job offer, you ask the foreign teacher at the school as much as possible about the school’s policy. Are you the kind of person who is happy to follow a textbook, with very little preparation or planning and regurgitate a textbook? Or are you someone who prefers to be creative, thoughtful and spend some time preparing classes?

The most important thing about being a teacher in Korea is that you show enthusiasm and passion in the classroom. Koreans rarely have the opportunity to interact with foreigners so a large part of your job is to ensure your students feel comfortable interacting with you, enjoy your classes and go home to tell their parents positive things about your lessons. Most teachers arrive with very little or even no experience but if you have a positive attitude, form a good rapport with your students, get on with co-workers and demonstrate a desire to develop teaching skills it is highly likely you will enjoy your job

Most schools will give you some training when you arrive, this usually consists of sitting in your co-workers' lessons and observing how they conduct the class. Once your training is over you are expected to hit the ground running and will learn your teaching skills as you go along. During your first couple of months it is vital that you spend some time preparing for your lessons until you become comfortable with the teaching material provided. During your working day you will have free classes so we highly recommend that you spend this time scouring the Internet for resources that will help your class to be more interesting for your students. Below we have provided some useful website to get you started.

Being a Teacher

Useful Teaching Resources

Your job is to improve your students’ speaking skills using textbooks, story books, flashcards, role plays, music, dance, art, games, debates and Q&A sessions. You’ll be pleased to know the teaching of grammar is left to Korean teachers so you are not required to have an in depth knowledge about the rules of the English language!

From the outset it is important you understand that every hagwon is run differently and your teaching will depend on the age and level of your students. Most hagwons have a curriculum, some allow for your own input and ideas, while others will expect you to each straight out of the textbooks and the lessons will be planned down to the minute.