teaching English in Korea

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  1. Miguk says:

    My Pinay wife had a hard time breaking into the English teaching world here because she is not a blond, blue eyed white woman. Koreans just don’t think that anyone else speaks English I guess, or that it won’t be authentic.

  2. perryv says:

    hi betchay! you might also be interested in this article: http://perryv.i.ph/blogs/facesmoon/index.php?itemid=136

  3. annabanana says:

    when i started working in korea, i was not yet a korean citizen. my bosses registered my name as a staff worker and not as a teacher. i never knew that what i was doing (teaching despite my visa limitations) was illegal, i thought that since i was registered as a worker, i’m allowed to work in that place in any capacity…good thing i didnt encounter any problems. now, ill encourage anybody to check their visa limitations before doing anything, mahirap na better safe than sorry! nice day to you, betchay!

  4. Geejay says:

    Hi. I didn’t realize that it there was a law about teaching English in Korea. Are we talking about South Korea here? I would’ve thought they’d have more freedoms.

    Anyway, is it absolutely necessary for you to drop your Filipino citizenship to teach English? If not, then maybe you can just be a dual citizen instead. Unless of course they do not allow dual citizenship in Korea.

    Here’s a hypothetical question. What if a Filipino married a Korean and they have a child. Can the Filipino teach his/her child English or is that prohibited too?

  5. Betchay says:

    Geejay >> hehe! you can do private teaching as long as you’re discreet… private teaching is illegal if you don’t have permit, even if you’re a korean… like miguk said, they don’t really think that any other nations other than the 6 speaks authentic english… they don’t even believe that korean-americans speak real english even if they were born and raised in the US

  6. william kofi aningbe says:

    i will like to travell to korea to teach in english but i dont have that money to do my journey,cant the president pay for my fares and later bill me,my ambition is to help koreans speak english.am a GHANAIAN.

  7. Peppermint says:

    Ms. Betchay, your English is good, don’t worry!

    And a lot of native speakers themselves aren’t also perfect in terms of their grammar and pronunciation (sometimes).

    Who cares? In the real world, what’s important is you get to speak English in a manner that is easily understandable, and that your sentence structure is acceptable to the ears of the listener. It’s not about perfecting the grammar. Sometimes, we have to break the rules.

    Kahit nga sa Tagalog, mismong Filipinos may mali din sa pagsasalita e. Katulad ng “Nakain ka na ba?” (if translated in English, it would literally mean, “Have you been eaten yet?”) Funny no? In Laguna, many people would ask you this question, instead of saying it correctly, “Kumain ka na ba?” But then, that’s coming from a Tagalog-native speaker.

    Anyway, I would like to react about Filipinos having a hard time finding a teaching job. Yes, it’s true. They can’t be granted an E-2 visa.
    I have been waiting for the time when it would be possible for Filipinos to legally teach English in Korea. I just don’t know when. Kasi dito, pag wala kang kakilala or connection, ang hirap makapasok sa trabaho, not unless sa factory ka mag-work. And you really have to learn the Korean language fluently because most hagwons / schools need a lot of translating while teaching English.

  8. Peppermint says:

    “they don’t even believe that korean-americans speak real english even if they were born and raised in the US”

    Wow, how sad! Just because they don’t possess the physical attributes of a “real” American–blonde hair, blue eyes? Even though they have the American accent and mentality and have acquired the American way of life since birth? Even if they have been well-educated and can perform the job well? Tsk tsk tsk. Now that’s already racism. Sad but true.

  9. Betchay says:

    Hi Peppermint! Things have changed. The Immigration is more lenient now with F-2-1 visa holders with regards to teaching English, unlike when I first came here.

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