From a KT news article today, it seems likely that Korea will hire non-native English teachers as early as December.
The ministry first hired 59 native-English speakers in 2005 from seven countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and South Africa. Some 4,300 foreigners were placed as regular assistant teachers at elementary and secondary schools across the country in April. About 150 billion won ($120 million) was spent this year to hire those foreigners.
Ahn said the government plans to recruit assistant teachers from Singapore and other countries that adopt English as an official language as early as from December to meet the growing demands from parents for foreign English teachers.
This is a positive news for non-native English teachers aspiring to work in Korea.