EPIK seeks passionate foreign teachers
That’s the title of the Korea Times article that is the most viewed today. I actually saw the program from which the picture on the article was taken. The teachers were singing and dancing and it looked ridiculous but I guess that is effective for Korean grade schoolers. I don’t remember doing something similar in any of my English classes when I was in elementary school. I’d be embarrassed but that’s just me. Anyway, textbooks are not the only way to learn a language.
The news article says that:
Currently, EPIK recruits only native-English speakers from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Ireland.
But it plans to allow those who can speak English fluently from countries adopting English as official language from next year at the earliest.
In a previous news article, they said that the government would hire from non-native English speaking countries as early as December. However, you can’t really trust what the government plans for the English programs are right now. They seem to change every week that you can’t really trust what they’re saying anymore.
The article also mentions that:
The program teachers will receive 1.5-2.5 million won per month according to their degrees and teaching certificates and can receive entry and settlement allowance and free single furnished housing. Successful candidates will conduct English conversation classes with Korean co-teachers.
At the current exchange rate, 1.5 million won is just more than $1,000 and since the won is predicted to drop down to 1,800 won then the minimum salary would be less than $1,000. Would that still attract native speakers despite the free housing?