Philippine English Teachers for Korea

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  1. eden says:

    If only I was there, I’d be glad to teach Koreans. No need to pay me. Hahaha Meetings friends for me is enough. Oh and learning their language well. kkkkkk

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  2. wendy says:

    LOL. you’re so funny, betch:-).

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  3. arvinsign says:

    hmm i made a lengthy comment about this on wendy’s blog. 🙂

    • kriem says:

      It will be a pleasure and honor to me if you can give me the chance to utilize my ability and academic knowledge to the people of your country.

  4. Lou says:

    To Ms. Eden,
    The news is about Korea hiring “teachers” from Philippines. If it’s someone who is so close or a bestfriend of yours that you will teach then you can offer yourself for free. But to teach them without pay, i don’t think that’s a good idea. You must be rich gurl! Why not find a volunteer program, then you can do it.

  5. aj rojo says:

    howq much is the salary of a filipino teacher in korea?

  6. Lou says:

    Hi Ms. Bechay! I pray to go to Korea without any problem.
    paano ba hay naku! ingat na lang sa inyo.

  7. Lou says:

    sorry for my comment to ms.eden, i don’t mean to hurt her feelings. just wanna tell my sympathy for teachers like me who plan to go to Korea. hope u understand.thanks!

  8. Kat says:

    I am here in Korea and I am looking for a teaching Job here…..It’s kinda hard because almost all “hagwons” still prefer native speakers… and yes some give less to Filipino teachers with F2 visa…hope I can find a job with my E7 visa…
    Any advice will be appreciated…thanks

  9. sendzki says:

    wahhhh..im interested but im stuck with finishing a nursing major…but will take up something that would link me to this one..kk..update us more..i really am interested haha

  10. arvinsign says:

    @ Kat

    My advice for you is to find a job within the confinements of your E7 visa. Just follow what is the current Korean Immigration Law, unless there is a special clause in your visa that allows you to teach English. If you are not allowed, then dont.

  11. marn says:

    Hi Bechay,

    Greetings… I’ve been living in PAJU for 4 months now and I’m so confused about accepting job offers… I’ve attended the Teacher’s Training Program for two weeks which was offered by Gyeonggi Immigration held in English Village and afterwhich, they offered me a job.. as an English teacher there doing small talks with the visitors at the commercial area.. should I accept it?.. I really wanted to become an English teacher in a public school here… I was a doctoral student majoring in educational management before I came to Korea.. I need pieces of advice.. Please enlighten me…. Marn-010-5778-7401

    • Betchay says:

      Hi Marn! I don’t really know you but if you’re not in a hurry to get a job, why not look for a job teaching at a university instead? There are some universities that accept Filipinos if you have the qualifications and experience to boot. Why not try to visualize yourself doing that job in the English Village? Will you be satisfied and happy doing that? Or can you wait until you get a chance to work in a public school or at a university? It’s really up to you.

  12. Nathan says:

    Wow! This is interesting! Wish I could apply but I’m not an English major. Good luck sa gustong aapply! 🙂

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  13. puh says:

    Advantages of hiring Filipino teachers to teach english in Korea:

    1)Our english teachers are teaching in other asian countries already (so we are tested).
    2)We even have tons of filipino teachers in america, which is supposed to be the country of english native speakers. 3)We speak english as a second language but we speak it well.
    4)Koreans have been coming to our country for the past decade, just to learn english.
    5)U.S.,UK & AU call centers are here in our country, which shows we are comfortable with the english language.
    6)We are patient in teaching.
    7)We can adjust to any culture.
    8)We can understand some of the korean students struggle in learning english as a second language because we kind of went through the same process.
    9) We have many language institutes & online academies here, which caters to mostly korean students, so we have experienced teachers teaching koreans.
    10)We are good looking!(this is just my opinion..hehehe).

  14. joana says:

    Hey, Mr. Puh. Yea, you’re absolutely right. I agree with you. In addition to that, we are also hard-working! Hiring Filipinos as teachers would be a good choice. Aside from the reasons mentioned above, Philippines has the highest number of English-speaking population(as an additional language). That’s a fact. http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/lan_eng_pop_as_an_add_lan-english-speaking-population-an-additional

  15. arvinsign says:

    @ joana

    Quality is more important than quantity. In that statistics that you provided, the total population per se is the contributing factor for the rank. It doesnt say anything about the capability (quality) of Filipinos in general as teachers of English

    • cherryblossom says:

      To arvinsign:
      EMPLOYERS should me more strict hiring Philippine teachers. Do not accept Filipinos through refferals. Mostly, they’re undergraduates and some, don’t have a degree on education.
      The fact that we got a higher rank than the rest of asian countries like China, Taiwan and Korea from the English Proficiency Test, explained that Philippines has been offering quality education for years. The said countries above were at the bottom rank. How would you explain that?

      TO ALL TEACHERS FROM THE PHILIPPINES,
      FYI: “Faked Philippine teachers in Korea!”
      There were lots of them.

      I’m just wondering how these faked Philippine teachers were able to teach in some Schools or Hagwons? Tsk tsk tsk.

      • puh says:

        i hope there are no purist here..we cant be haters here..i heard some of the native speakers who teach english in Korea are not also real teachers in their own country..im not against quality, because im so for it..but lets not prevent people who can perform up to the task from getting a job just because he/she didn’t specialize in it..dont you think also that its not completely the fault of non qualified Filipino teachers..remember, theres a company who hires them..so, it takes two to tango..pls dont get me wrong, im reiterating that im for quality..but if any of you have lived in a western country, theres equal opportunity for everybody as long as you can perform to the task at hand..to argue more, there are also teachers who are qualified in paper(those who have a degree in educ)but are not good at teaching..but on the other hand, for those who wants to teach English but you graduated from nursing or a far off course, dont think teaching English is easy..Koreans are teachnical when studying..your accent will play a big role also..get some experience in the Philippines first..you might be shocked that some Korean high school students have more sharper knowledge of English than some us..

        • Lyle says:

          No, you don’t understand the point here. Teachers whether they cannot teach quality English, they know methodologies of teaching so there’s still mastery of the subject matter. I’ve been to some group of unqualified Filipino teachers here, they can’t teach. They cannot even sing a song for kids. The only reason why they get the job is to earn money which is a big mistakes because we all know that teaching is far from earning big salaries, “Wlang pera sa pagtuturo”. If they’ll going to screwed it up better to change their profession. Marami namang job offers eh. They just taking advantage of the situation. Whether you disagree or not, they’re still the reason why Filipino teachers got bad impressions her in Korea. For me it’s a matter of showing them that Filipinos are not all “Bulok” in English. I’ve proven my credibility. I also handled Korean and Japanese students in Dasmarinas Cavite where I came from.
          Actually I’m a Full time English teacher with TESOL certification from Sookmyung University in Korea.

          • lou says:

            i like your comment. i believe that personality and brains should work together. others many not be real teachers but with their desire to improve their work, they develop their skills by learning and studying more.

          • puh says:

            i dont think you also got my point..my friend just came from korea and she did made a sit in several academies..what she observed was that some of those so-called native speakers weren’t good either..also, methods are nothing if it cant be delivered..its like passing toeic or TESOL (your certification!) but cant communicate properly..i know a lot of teachers who pack a lot of theories & methods in their brain but arent able to clearly pass it on..shim-shime! (boring teachers)..ive never been to Korea..im sure you have more hands on info there..but what im trying to say is that its not only Filipino teachers who are messed up in Korea..Im sure all races are represented in bad the teachers category..by the way, if you think your a good teacher, then good for you.. but dont bash your fellow filipinos teachers like your so way better than them..ive learned that terrible mistake before in my old career..now, ive learned to better up myself rather than whinning over some of my incompetent co-employees..and please dont post your credentials because nobody asked for it..there might be a person without any credential but would be way better than you in the English language..also, just to clear something..arent filipinos not allowed to teach english in Korea?

  16. Ashley says:

    Hi, folks,^^~
    I’m not sure if it’s OK to post this here…
    Well,
    Are you interested in teaching online?
    I can connect you to korean students.
    They are adults, educated, and gentle. It’s going to be easy and fun.
    The work you will be doing is correcting their writing orally.
    The number of your students will be increased if you are good. Because we have a thousand people here. Not many at first though.

    20 min a time and once a week for each student. So the total teaching time will be 20×4=80min for a student.

    payment condition : $3~5 / student.(negotiable)

    If you are interested, please mail me your photo, resume, and your recorded voice.
    Once you mail me, you’ll be registered as our phone teacher. Thanks.

    email: g-b-u@hanmail.net
    phone: 82-10-4605-6521

  17. Ashley says:

    ^^also, if you guys want to just make friends with Koreans, please let me know^^

  18. superjoon says:

    Hi. guys^^
    I found this website in Google. I was hunting the news about Sandara Park. haha.
    I’m glad to find here because I’m interested in Phil.
    I visited Phil about 5 times on duty at 2007.
    I’ve met many Phillipinos and they were very kind.
    See you ^_^

  19. anthony says:

    based on the salary rates given by the korean government to english teachers in their EPIK program (an english teaching program that hires native speakers), i can say that this job is not for those who are looking for an overseas job due to financial reasons. i guess this is best reserved for those who are really passionate about teaching and immersing in foreign culture. they pay native speakers about 2million won (roughly 2100 CAD), or just around 12 CAD per hour, not much; and i’m betting it’s gonna be less for non native speakers (i.e. filipinos)

    but heck, once they start hiring, count me in, i’d give up my nursing career for a year for a chance to live in korea ^^

  20. XOXOGossipGirl says:

    FAKE PHILIPPINE TEACHERS IN KOREA!!!!

    GRABE…

    YAN ANG REASON KUNG BAKIT HINDI NA NAGTATANGGAP ANG MGA KOREANO NG PILIPINO..

    YANG MGA PEKE NA YAN HINDI MARURUNONG MAGTURO, TULOY PATI ANG TUTOONG TEACHER NAAPEKTUHAN!!!

    Bakt kasi pinagpipilitan ang sarili sa propesyong hindi naman nila pinag aralan…nakakasira ng credibility…
    panira yang mga yan…gusto lang kumita ng pera..hind naman ginagawa ang trabaho ng maayos…pati tuloy ang mg atutoong teachers naapektuhan na…

    • puh says:

      hindi kelangan magalit..sa call center nga eh marameng bulok mag ingles (with training na yan!)but they get the highest incentives (like sales accounts)..i use to complain din sa mga agents na ganun but ive learned to flow with them & just be the best on my own..gusto ko din ng quality teachers but pag lumusot cla eh hindi lng nman kasalanan ng teachers un..ung nag hire din, diba?..ang solution lang natin dito ay wag maging galit at husayan ng mga nakaka intindi..remember may mga totoong teachers na hindi din magaling magturo..

  21. Lyle&XOXOGossipGirl says:

    remember may mga totoong teachers na hindi din magaling magturo..
    You’re absolutely right. LALO NA ANG MGA HINDI TEACHER NA NAGTUTRO DITO SA KOREA. Well just thinking maybe you’re not aware of real teachers reading your comments. Tell me, are you one of those who doesn’t have a degree in education?

    If you saw my comment up there, I said they’re just taking advantage of the situation. Oo may naghahire sa kanila, true pero the reality is hindi mo na maiaalis ang fact na SILA ang DAHILAN KAYA DI NA TUMATNGGAP NG PHIL. TEACHERS ANG MGA EMPLOYER DITO, DAHIL SA MGA PEKENG YAN.

    See it for your own. Anyway hindi naman talaga kalakihan ang sweldo nila lalo na sa Non-native speakers.

  22. Lyle&XOXOGossipGirl says:

    Natives are far different from Non-native speakers. If you are smarter enough, you’ll get what I mean.

    English is their first language so they can teach perfect accent! According to you, accent can play a big role. You’re absolutely right!

    Sa sobrang dami ng Bisaya dito, nagiging english bisaya ang tinuturuan nila.
    Example: I big your pardon. (Katawa d ba?!)
    One student commented this way, “Teacher you’re not a Native speaker and not a Korean so, where you came from? I can’t understand your words!” After a week nobody attended her class anymore.

    Don’t get me wrong and I’m not a hater here. I’m just saying that we, teachers or not, should be responsible enough to teach young ones. Do the right thing, please.

  23. arvinsign says:

    @ Cherryblossom
    — i dont know if i understand your question, but ill answer it anyway. Simply, Those countries you mentioned (China, Taiwan, Korea)that ranked lower in English Proficiency tests as compared to the Philippines, the reason is….because those countries did not adopt English as an official language, unlike us where English started to flourish as early as the first part of the 1900’s. Not to mention that the countries mentioned were not colonies of any European power except for HK and Macau which is now part of China. Although on the other hand, i can argue also that those countries that ranked a lot better than the Philippines like Germany, Malaysia, Singapore etc would mean we have a problem with English proficiency as a whole, generally and relatively.

    @ puh

    Hi.just want to make some points here

    “but lets not prevent people who can perform up to the task from getting a job just because he/she didn’t specialize in it..”

    – If they can really perform to the task, then they deserve to be hired. But we have to be practical. If we want to make sure that all teachers of English (Filipinos) here in Korea are “qualified” to teach, then there should be strict but minimum requirements. Like education units, diploma, certificates etc regardless of their previous major during their bachelors degree. I dont think its too much for anyone to secure these things if they really want to teach. Its a simple quality control. I dont agree “experience” in teaching Koreans on line or in any hagwons in the Philippines is enough. Lets make this profession a noble profession. I just dont want anyone (like that allegedly god fearing teacher in the other forum/post, who is obviously incompetent yet dying to come here as an English teacher) to come here and destroy the image of Filipino teachers in general.

    “dont you think also that its not completely the fault of non qualified Filipino teachers”

    — Seriously, i dont think this is the right time to blame anyone. If they are faulty, then so be it. Lets not drag ourselves to the corruption and incompetence of these hagwon owners. Lets do it the right way.

    “there are also teachers who are qualified in paper(those who have a degree in educ)but are not good at teaching..”

    — I agree. But the risks are different for both. It would be better to hire 10,000 filipino teachers with complete credentials, then later on regret because 1,000 of them will turn out to be not good in teaching. Rather than hiring 10,000 “passionate” filipino teachers then later on regret because 6,000 of them will turn out to be incompetent and will add to the negative stereotype of Filipinos as ESL teachers.

    • Cherryblossom says:

      Please read my comment below. Thanks!

    • lou says:

      “I just dont want anyone (like that allegedly god fearing teacher in the other forum/post, who is obviously incompetent yet dying to come here as an English teacher) to come here and destroy the image of Filipino teachers in general.”
      oh there you are making judgment against someone’s back.
      you’re so unprofessional.it’s you who’s destroying the image of Philippines.you’re such an uneducated person.
      why? you think you have the best opinion here?
      BE FAIR and don’t underestimate other Filipinos. HOW DARE YOU MENTION GOD in your opinion. if you cannot accept someone’s opinion then you can ignore it but don’t do gossip about it. yuck, so unprofessional and immature.
      how hypocrite you are trying to tell that only English majors are capable of teaching English.
      do you know that a bigger percentage of foreign teachers teaching in Korea now are not really teachers, they’re hired because they are native speakers.

  24. Cherryblossom says:

    I am aware of the fact that they didn’t adopt English as an official language/second language. I just thought you’re a Korean, you know Koreans trying to look down Filipinos because of wrong impressions. I have to admit, you are smarter than I thought and you’re absolutely right.

    Your critical explanations about a certain thing made me realized that you acquired the highest level of education. Keep it up!

    • malou says:

      yes, that arvinsign sounds like as if she’s a Korean or somewhat pretending to be a Korean. how very bad coz some Filipinos cannot have pride in their own country. we might be not that rich economically, but we are rich with natural resources which other countries don’t have.
      I know the english teacher arvinsign is talikng about. how dare you make gossips about others. you’re so unprofessional.better check yourself first before making judgement of others.

    • lou says:

      yes, there are those people and sad to say other “Filipinos” trying to look down on their fellow Filipinos thinking they really good and smart but don’t really know what they talking about.

  25. arvinsign says:

    @ Cherryblossom

    Thanks. Yeah, im Pinoy 100 % (for the record)

  26. Cherryblossom says:

    Do you know what you’re sayin’, Lou? Your understanding about his comment is too shallow. Don’t be silly and upset. I think, he made his point.
    Guys, I am not defending anybody here but did you ask yourself beofre you post your comment? Ask yourself: Am I being professional? Did I made my point?

    • lou says:

      you know what i’m telling? if someone is gonna make a comment here, he or she doesn’t have to make gossips about someone else’c comments or opinions, just like what the other one here is doing-arvinsign- why don’t you read her comment again and again?this is what arvinsign said:
      “I just dont want anyone (like that allegedly god fearing teacher in the other forum/post, who is obviously incompetent yet dying to come here as an English teacher) to come here and destroy the image of Filipino teachers in general.”
      i don’t think she has to compare someone else’s opinion from her opinion, and tell others that other’s opinion is not good. that’s gossiping, and so unprofessional. if you do agree with it then i think you do the same. you are being narrow-minded.

  27. arvinsign says:

    @ Cherryblossom

    Hi cherry, thanks again. Just dont mind Lou. Its a long story (you can check the post regarding Pres Roh’s death. Many of us here (me, kimchi, puh, jehan, pacman, drsnowmon etc) actually had an argument with him/her but to no avail.

    @ Lou, louie or malou or whatever (whatever nick u want to use)

    — First of all, im male. And before you read my lengthy reply to your post, please ask someone more intelligent than you (a grade 4 student will do) to help you interpret what the words and sentences below means. Don’t read this alone, or else you will get it wrong again. This is too complex for your primitive brain, thats a warning. 🙂

    Ok …

    — We are not stupid here not to notice what you are up to. u always want to use “lou” or any name that contains it here and in the other post, but the errors in writing and the delivery of words are so obvious and the same. Please change your profession, ill say it again and again and again..YOU DONT DESERVE that job as an English teacher. Give that job to others who are more deserving, and have pity on your Korean students. Swallow your ego because you dont have anything to be proud of. You have a problem with reading, analyzing as well as writing. You are the most mentally incompetent person i ever met online. You are an exact proof of the argument here regarding incompetent teachers preying on poor, naive Korean students. Its a fact that im not the only one who knows these facts. Everybody here is pointing to you as an ego loving, self centered moron pretending to be god fearing yet fond of profanities. I want you to have a job, a nice job where you will be happy. But its quite uncomfortable to me thinking that you are working as a teacher, especially as an English teacher. Im worried for your students, as well as for others who wants to come here as an English teacher who will soon bear the negative stereotyping against Filipino teachers caused by people like you. You should instead enroll yourself as a STUDENT in an English class run by a Filipino ESL teacher in Pinas rather than making yourself as the teacher.

    — You are making yourself pitiful. Creating nicks/names so to appear that someone is sympathizing with your mental incompetence. You are the only moron here. Grow up

    — If i said that phrase above, at least i didnt mention any name/names, because i thought nobody is interested to know who that person is (you just reacted in defense probably because of guilt). As far as im concerned, that identity remains hypothetical. I hope you know what hypothetical means 🙂

    — Heres what you wrote

    “””if you cannot accept someone’s opinion then you can ignore it but don’t do gossip about it. yuck, so unprofessional and immature.
    how hypocrite you are trying to tell that only English majors are capable of teaching English.”””

    — Heres what i actually wrote above prior to your accusation :

    If they can really perform to the task, then they deserve to be hired. But we have to be practical. If we want to make sure that all teachers of English (Filipinos) here in Korea are “qualified” to teach, then there should be strict but minimum requirements. Like education units, diploma, certificates etc REGARDLESS of their previous major during their bachelors degree.

    — Now did i really say only English majors? anyone with an IQ above 85 (im trying to be considerate already) will be able to fathom out that my statement is NOT in anyway similar to your mind warping, nerve wracking interpretation.

    Peace

    Disclaimer: My sarcasm is purely for entertainment purposes only 🙂

  28. puh says:

    hey, you know what? after reading all the comments..i realized that all of us had a point here..i guess fake pinoy teachers should read this forum for them to know that theyre giving pinoy teachers a bad name..but at the same time, lets not bash or be a hater..everybody has to earn a living..right? so, lets also stop thinking we are higher than the others but at the same time, lets give respect to those who have first hand experience or info about this..i might have made been harsh on some of my comments (any violent reaction?..hehe..), but im sure all of us are matured & intelligent..guys, we all are just passionate of getting the Filipino race to a higher level..but i guess we wont get there divided…agreed? peace!

    • Cherryblossom says:

      Definitely. Nobody wants to bash or hate somebody here. These are just our commentaries about a certain “fact”. We are here, expecting that someday we may be heard by people who are trying to underestimate Pinoy’s talent. So, I am hoping that teachers would be more careful doing their jobs. I suggest he/she must attend seminars and trainings and collect certificates as much as he/she can.

      Pinoy teachers are 100 percent capable to teach!
      Peace! (^_^)

  29. arvinsign says:

    @ puh

    I somewhat agree. Yes, WE all have points here except for one 🙂 Bashing, hating, arguments, making fun of each other etc are things that made forums/blogs as what it is now. So bring it on 🙂 Its mentally stimulating discussion at its best with the advantage of being anonymous. So no point of thinking that we are higher/lower than the others since we dont know each other here, right?

    Im not an English teacher (and no intentions/plans either) but i am with you and the rest of the pips here in the cause to improve the image of Filipinos as English teachers here in Korea and elsewhere, as well as to help those who deserve to come here as ESL teachers. First step is to get rid of the charlatans, then finally motivate and help the fitting ones.

    As Filipinos entering this field, we should know our limits as a group and as individuals. We should be aware of the borderlines. In the end, we are all individuals anyway. Being optimistic at times is good, but too much is not. In cases like this, being practical as well as a realist is better.

    • lou says:

      again you’re making parinig haha!you don’t make sense. you talk about limits but you don’t know your limitations and you are not realistic.peace on you!

  30. jehan says:

    in fairness sa mga Bisaya, di lang naman sila ang may REGIONAL DEFECT ng ganon. marami din from several regions… isa pa, kahit siguro may regional defect, at least tama yung grammar…

    given the time and training, it would be easy for them to also change or adjust their accent or pronunciation.

  31. mabel says:

    hello to all, i enjoyed reading your comments and i’ve learned much. YEah, there are lots of fake teachers here in korea just like in my hometown gangwondo, and they even are very mayabang telling that they have 35 students and collecting 150 thousand won per student with 2 times a week teaching and earning as much as 5 million korean won… i don’t believe in that… sometimes those who are mayabangs are those with no education…i don’t mind them earning much , i just hate them being mayabang…i just keep going in my life and my family. it’s good to be simple and down to earth…

    • puh says:

      “i just keep going in my life and my family. it’s good to be simple and down to earth…”

      -mabel, i like what you said..anways, hindi lng pinoy ang mayayabang dba? some koreans in the philippines are mayayabang din..they always say filipinos are this & that but hey, they dont know a thing about us..

      to jehan, oo tama ka na grammar is important. bisayans are actually good in english..but to drive a point, even if the grammar is good but the diction or the pronunciation is bad, its not pleasing to study english with that person..example, pag ang manilenyo tries to speak bisaya & gets the wrong pronunciation, eh diba nakakatawa pakinggan..and bisayans would make a joke of it (i know because ive been a victim)…its just the same idea..

      “As Filipinos entering this field, we should know our limits as a group and as individuals. We should be aware of the borderlines. In the end, we are all individuals anyway. Being optimistic at times is good, but too much is not. In cases like this, being practical as well as a realist is better.”

      -hey arvisign, i sometimes disagree with you in some of your comments but this is a very good point..tama ka dito kabayan!

      • lou says:

        good! just remember there is always a room for every person to discover and develop his or her skills. there’s a chance for every one.

    • Cherryblossom says:

      Hi Mabel! Good to hear your comment. It’s nice to hear that I’m not the only one commenting on that fact. Do you teach in Gangwondo? I heard it’s better to work in provincial areas rather than Seoul. I heard, Busan&Daegu started to hire Philippine teachers for After School Program. They opened their cities for Non-native speakers such as Phil. Mag-apply ka sa koreajoblink.com

      Nga pala ang kayabangan, sakit na ng tao yan. Pilipino, Koreano, Amerikano, etc.

      Lakasan lang din ng loob ang labanan dito. Anyway, we can’t blame nor hate them. Sabi nga ni PUH, everybody needs to earn a living. If that’s the case, “Please lang po, sa mga aspiring teachers or alleged, maging responsible po kayo sa pagtuturo.” Cheers. +_+

  32. jehan says:

    hi puh.. uhm, sorry, di ko namention im referring to them not necessarily as teachers— yung nakakausap mo lang ba… ^,^

  33. mabel says:

    to cherry blossom, i am teaching in gangwondo but not in public school. i teach in kinder and hagwon and some private tutorials. i tried to apply in the department of education here in gangwondo because of the news that korea’s hiring Asian English teachers but they told me that they’re not hiring English teachers from Phils. So i tried my luck in Kinder and hagwon. Anyway, the imporatant thing is that i have a job. yeah i think it’s better to apply in provincial areas than in seoul coz of lot’s of competitions in the cities than in here. even the under graduate highschool was hired here but then stopped later coz she can’t do the job. she thought that teaching is very easy. sometimes it’s stressfull coz of the attitude of the students.
    by the way, i want to tell about the fake credentials, i heard from 1 of my student’s mother that there are many “kaja” credentials here, so i told her that if you don’t honor my credential then you teach your son. sometimes itong nanay nitong mga students ang nakakainis.
    this time lahat ng credentials kung magaaply sa hagwon pinapasa rin nila sa department of education, tapos kukuha ng police clearance dito sa korea and health certificate…
    yeah, lahat talaga kahit anong bansa may mga mayabs.. who cares anyway, sarili din nila ang niloloko nila.. di ba?

    • Cherryblossom says:

      To Mabel,
      Nakakainis naman yung nanay na yun. Hehehe! (^^) I’m sure nasupalpal mo sya. Tama yung sinabi mo sa kanya.
      Anyway kaya mo yan kapatid! Goodluck!

  34. mabel says:

    hello puh, thanks for your comments. it helped me to be more open minded,being mayabs are not just filipinos but other nationalities too. take care… and be happy always…

  35. LOL says:

    LOL. please check your argumentative grammar. peace!Ü oh and btw, I am not a teacher nor do I have “worthy” credentials.I just happen to be really good in english.

  36. Kristina T. Cusi says:

    hi miss bechay your site is very informative. How i wish makagraduate na ko ng college para makapaga work na po ako jan..kkkk.. i really love koreans that’s why i’m taking one step at a time.. nagtututor po ako ng mga koreans dito sa pinas..kkk para matuto din ng language nila.. ingat po lagi

  37. Willy says:

    Most of the Filipino English Teachers here in Korea are those wives of Korean Nationals who managed to get their Korean Nationality here, and unfortunately, I agree that most them are not really qualified to be an English Teachers.

    So I think the plan to hire real teachers is better for both our Filipino real teachers and to their Korean Students.

    • Regina Santos says:

      -So I think the plan to hire real teachers is better for both our Filipino real teachers and to their Korean Students-

      I agree 100%…

  38. ivy marie says:

    maybe filipinos were not native speakers of english, well then we still have the better tongue in speaking the global language – ENGLISH!….

    this news would be very helpful, especially to those who wanted to teach in korea.

    like me, if this thing would happen, i would be very glad because right now i am studying education major in english, and when time comes, that this is really true, it’s a big chance for me to share my knowledge to the young ones. not only in to the filipino children as well in other nationality. teaching is not just having a profession with salary, but MISSION TO MOTIVATE and PASSION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

  39. cesz says:

    just wanna ask if other major in education would be accepted to teach in korea? e.g. bachelor of library and information science.

  40. dodong says:

    do you really wanna come here to teach?…well then, prepare yourselves because it’s not gonna be easy…imagine yourself teaching students who can hardly or simply cannot understand your language and whose language you cannot understand as well; if your lesson needs a little explanation but you dont know how to do it because you know that they could’t understand you just the same; if the class goes crazy and a mere ‘keep quiet’ is not enough; and if you’re burning in anger and you want to scold them but whatever you had say they wouldn’t understand. trust me it’s not gonna be easy…what im trying to say is, be ready…korea is a beautiful country…and koreans are wonderful-at least some of them…hehe…and kimchi is delicious..hmmm..

    and can i just say this?…maybe we can refrain from bragging or from saying that we are good or even better than the others…we may be good by our own standards but are not good enough for others…i know quite a few who think they are good enough-and being proud of it-who are very busy picking on the flaws of others without even checking their twisted grammar…i understand that we are proud to be a filipino, we are proud to have the ability to speak english, but we can be proud in a humble way, right?…and one thing more, let’s just accept the fact that people, regardless of their educational attainment, are different when it comes to teaching ability…some are good , and some are not…and we cant do anything about it…let’s just make ourselves grow, and never stop learning and making our english the best it can possibly be…and please learn a little korean if ever possible before coming here…it can really help…a lot…

  41. dada says:

    to all korean you are all sucks go home!!!!!!…we dont need you here and we dont need your money !!!!!!!you all smell PUTOK hahahaha …………..so leave now!!!!!you did not pay tax here so i will report you all to b.i.r for you to band in our country….and for you all of you go to jail….

  42. JONATHAN RETIRO says:

    Hi to all commentors!!!I just wanna share my views on ESL teaching as I’ve read many comments of those teachers and non-teachers especially the comments of Ms. Gossipgirl. I’m here in saudi Arabia working in an office because I’m a management graduate in the Philippines but before I come here, I used to teach ESL to Korean students to different laguage schools in makati, ortigas and manila for 3 years. The point of Ms. Gossip girl is that, only those certified teachers and education graduate and with accent who can teach ESL to Korean students. In teaching ESL, licence and accent are not enough and cannot justify that after the curriculum students would be able to speak, read, & English. In my first language school in Makati, which I worked as operation manager, we have teacher who is an education graduate from manila with licence but she taught horrible English & terrible grammar. With that we received lots of complains from the parents of our students? Is that the licence and education graduate teacher? Not only that but I’ve met also some teachers in other languages with the same scenario, Im bisaya but I get higher than those who are not and a license education teacher. There are license teachers who are bookies, not thinking of methods and techniques in order for the students to understand the lesson within their grasp. And apply in their daily activities confidently like communicating to other people in various occassions, settings, transactions and situations. Accent however is just secondary thing for me, the most important is letting students understand how to pronouce word correctly with focused on clarity. ESL is composed of four 4 macro skills, i.e. reading, writing, listening & speaking. Accent is just a decoration, although it is important but letting students understand and apply the four macro skills correctly and clearly is more important. To be fair to those “Bisaya”, maybe Ms. Gossip gilr doesn’t know that most of the government officials occupying higher position in the government are from Visayas. And you’re accent that you’re proud of, is just a hiding power of those who cant speak English correctly, like my American boss here in saudi Arabia, writes terribly, really terrible grammar and spelling. The teacher should focused on the four 4 macro skills by letting students understand using vital and innovative techniques and methods and not just on accent and license.

  43. Regina Santos says:

    –The teacher should focused on the four 4 macro skills by letting students understand using vital and innovative techniques and methods and not just on accent and license.–

    Hi! The four macro skills you’re pointing out is not effective here in Korea. In the Philippines, we focus on those MAC. Skills which, I may say, the most effective way if we’re wanting/needing to learn English. But it’s so sad that Koreans in their own country prioritize accent rather than MACROs. Actually we, Filipinos, have a better educational system than them.

    In terms of license, well, it’s vital if you want to be paid higher than a regular ‘teacher.’ If you want to apply for a teaching job, you have to present a teaching certificate and license if not they will doubt your teaching skills. I heard from one Korean (Wonjangnim), she prefers real teachers because they know how to teach well… she’s from Gangnam-one of the good schools in S. Korea.

  44. JONATHAN RETIRO says:

    Hi Miss. Santos! I agree to your points, that’s why most Koreans prefer native speaker because of the accent. Even just vocational or high school graduate English Speaker can teach because of the accent. I’m not disregarding accent, I pointed out that it’s just secondary for me since clarity and understanding are first.
    Sofar i don’t have any plan to teach in Korea, in case i decided to go there, I see to it that I’m equiped with the necessary requirements and stand to my points.
    Nothing is permanent in this world but “change”….Trying to explain what is right in learning is not bad…And to those who are license and with certificates, prove to yourself and to your student that after the curriculum, students would be able to understand and apply not just accent but also correct speaking skills, writing, reading as well as listening for them to make use in their respective feild they want to and for their personal use.
    Take note that markets or students in Korea are not the same and with different objectives in learning English. Students who are taking TOEFL for them to be part of big companies in Korea are different story, because TEOFL is not just accent, they need to pass the whole test. Businessman who wants to improve and learn how to write business correspondence is also a different story, accent is just secondary, because before in the Philippines, I have one student who is a Vice President of an Electric Company in Korea and he wants to learn how to write business correspondence and learn business terminologies.

    Thank you for your points of view.

  45. Ethyl Kim says:

    Hi, just finally arrived here in Korea last Thursday… I got married to my almost 5 years Korean partner last May of this year… Sooo happy that we had started our relationship so right that make us a better couple now… Im sooo proud of him and my in laws coz they are very warm and kind to me… (Im posting this coz I can’t help to shout to the whole world that I have truly met a very wonderful man with a very fantastic bonding with his family)! Very rare, I should say…hehehe
    Anyway, Im hoping to get hired as an English teacher here but don’t know where and how to apply actually…hehehe.
    Im residing at Goyang-si this time and if anyone can keep me posted for any job opportunity near my place, I would be more than thankful and willing to apply for it… Thanks again…

  46. jeffry says:

    Hi Miss Kim, Congratulations!!!! You’re lucky that you’ve met your fantastic partner in life…Share me life in Korea, and mail me for some update please. Hope to teach in Korea also since in the Philippines, I used to teach ESL to Korean students too. Hope to hear from you soon. Email: junretiro@yahoo.com
    Thank you

  47. T says:

    I honestly don’t have good things to say about Filipinos because Felli, a Filipino here in Daejeon slept with my husband. She was taking care of my daughter (who at that time was one) and my son, who was three years old at that time. She took care of them at the daycare.She lied to me when I confronted her. I will never ever let a Filipino woman take care of my kids again. I may sound bitter but the hurt of the betrayal doesn’t go away!

  48. Aling Mely says:

    To T,
    That’s so sad… So sorry to hear that.
    But… you have to make a choice: divorce your husband or stay with him until he do it one more time to you… where’s the fidelity anyway?
    Aside from that, we didn’t know whether she was forced by your husband or she was delighted doing that kind of dirty things.
    Be careful next time hiring ajumas. Or why not do the work by yourself?
    You are one of the reason why it happened to you… Blame yourself!

    NOT ALL FILIPINAS/OS ARE LIKE THAT.

  49. jessica epez says:

    its nice,…
    i want to teach english in korea
    im now in college i take up
    bachelor in secondary education and my major is english…
    i have a passion in teaching…
    i dream to visit korea one day…

    • It is really pathetic to some point that a lot of Filipinos doesn’t realize that it would be better for teacher to teach here in the Phils Koreans instead of them going there. Why?
      Philippines will generate more income if Koreans are going to deluge our country with their presence because there are lots of people or establishments will benefit like:
      1. Shopping Malls where there are thousands of minimum earners sales personnel working.
      2. Our country will earn tax arrivals and excess luggage’s fee from them.
      3. Post office charges and custom for their letters and packages coming from their family in Korea if their studying here.
      4. Restaurants and fast foods chains will have Korean costumers too.
      5. Our teachers can walk out or resign immediately if the Korean manager shouted at them while if they are in Korea they can’t go anywhere, anytime but just to swallow and suppress their ego.
      6. And our Filipino family will be intact, living together here and not one of the members going out of the country and leave their young without personal guidance just to teach Koreans in their country.
      7. Resorts, golf courses, hotels, home stay etc. will earn from the students coming here in the Phils.
      So, why don’t you let them come here? Dream big… if you want to experience snow, aim to visit there as tourist or put up your own English Academy and not just to become as an overseas contract worker. And … just receive very low salary because you’re not a native speaker.
      There is no place like home!
      .-= MAESTRA VIAJES- http://www.untvweb.com´s last blog ..What a Lovely English !!! =-.

  50. chris+ says:

    I really like to be a teacher in korea. I find it interesting… the problem is im a graduate of computer engineering though I have experienced teaching them online for 1 year now…

  51. jade says:

    wow! this is really nice. I hope this one gets approved by the Korean government. There are a whole lot of competitive Filipino English teachers.

  52. thesa says:

    if you are really interested to become teacher here in korea then try your luck………..as long as you love teaching and willing to adapt korean culture ok na yan.good luck…..

  53. Decoy says:

    Hi,ask lng kc 1 of university in Korea invite me to work as a manager of English Zone (Cafe)and said that it will take 1 month to process the papers to hire me and get the visa here..ask lng is it posible?can i work there?thanks sa reply guys..

  54. Decoy says:

    hi po sa n u,
    ask lng po ako,kc po 1 of the Univrsty n Korea hired me na, and sending all those papers pra sa visa..
    d ko po alam if ano ggawin ko kc po d tau pwede..any advice po bago dumating ung mga doc na ipinadala ds nov.
    salamat po!

  55. Jayme says:

    Hi Decoy,how did you apply on this school?Thanks!

  56. kaiweasley says:

    This is really great news! However, I hope that they have a good screening process because there are still lots of ‘teachers’ (specifically online teachers) who fail to use the English language proficiently. I’m just bringing this up because we need to prove that we, Filipinos, are capable of speaking and teaching proper English.

    Good luck 😀

  57. Teacher Ellen says:

    Kudos and thanks to you, Ms. Thesa, Ms. Wendy, and Mr. Chung, for all your wonderful eeforts to help out well-intending Pinoy entrants to So. Korea!

    I would like to make this “pahabol” questions: If my real purpose to go to South Korea is to find a better teaching career, do I have to be “invited” by a prospect employer/or a Korean national? Can I go/Will I be granted a tourist visa, for example as a way of “detour”, foregoing any concrete job offers and proceed with my own itinerary of “job-hunting”?

    Again, thanks a lot for giving value to my concerns.

    Ate Ellen

  58. Ria says:

    Good day po.I’m happy to see this comment page for pinoys.I need help para po makapag apply ako sa school as English teacher kahit part time lang.I did only home tutorials for kids and office members din for adults here in korea.i had no certificates after kaya wla ako magamit mag apply sa schools.Di rin po ako Education grad. but I have my Diploma and Records Ass. in Computer Science.Nag tutor din po ako sa Philippines ng korean kids and a korean mommy.I just really love english and proud po ako sa English grades ko.I hope you can help me.Salamat po.

    • Betchay says:

      Hi Ria! Why not register as a private tutor? From what I know, as long as you’ve spent two years in college you could register as a tutor at the Education office.

      • alma says:

        Hi Ms Betchay! hello, nbasa ko kasi yung advice mo kay ms Ria about applying or registering at the Education Office, sorry tlga if I seems ignorante pero kelangan tlga magtanong eh hehehe, tanong ko lng sna saan b yung Education Office at pano mag apply? SALAMAT HA. God Bless.

        • Betchay says:

          hi Alma! depende kung saan ka nakatira… sa amin, ang Education office ay malapit sa Jongro5-ga station… dalhin mo lahat ng credentials mo, diploma, TOR, Alien ID

          • alma says:

            hi ms Betchay, salamat s reply ha it’s really a big help. God bless.

          • Mai says:

            Hi Ms. Betchay! Am an avid follower of your blogs and sobrang natutuwa tlga aq sa mga posts coz am learning a lot from it at nagagamit qng topic sa freetalking class q sa korean students q. BTW, ESL instructor po aq for 3 years now. Wla po qng ESL certificates so far pero Licensed teacher nmn po aq. One of my students is inviting me to teach his kids pero prob namin kung panu nya q mapapapunta sa Korea since hndi pa legal ung Filipino teachers dyan, sabi nio po magregister as tutor sa Educ. Office. taga- Busan po ung student q, engineer po sa DSME and his willing to finance naman daw po..actually idea nya is kukuhanin nya po aq as “nanny” kunwari pero pagdating daw po jan magwork po tlga q as tutor sa kids nya, and pwede rn daw aq maghanap na dn ng job sa free-time q..pwede po ba q dun kahit first time q po mag-aabroad? I’m only 22 years old po. And kung sakali po, san po ung Educ Office sa Busan? Gomapseumnida! ^0^ Anyeong hi-ju-mu seyo!!! Asahan q po advice nio ate Betchay!!!

    • patricia says:

      hi ria, i’m just curious..what type of visa do you currently hold which enables you to stay long in korea? or are you married to a korean? thank you 🙂

  59. sawitree says:

    madam betchay, just wanna ask if anybody can just register as a private tutor regardless of the visa type they are holding? for instance if one has an F-3 (Dependent Family)visa, can they still apply for as long as they meet the 2-year college education requirement? any information on this is highly appreciated. thanks!

  60. venje says:

    Wow! I hope that all of these opportunities for Filipino English teachers will be approved! God bless us all! ^_^…

  61. Marc says:

    Is This Form are for women only or pede din i2 sa mga lalaki??????
    Pls e-mail!!

  62. anna says:

    very good news^^
    may questions lang po ako
    1.kelangan po di ba na fluent sa korean?
    2. pwede din po ba sa private schools sa korea?
    3. male or female..pwede po?

  63. Karen says:

    wow ~ this is a good news to all Filipino teacher who wants to work as an english teacher in korea.. i hope that korean government will approve and open door for more opportunities to Filipinos.

  64. gh says:

    Harry Chung
    Times Search/ Koreajoblink.com
    Official recruitment body for SEOUL OFFICE OF EDUCATION

    Latest update about opening the opportunity to Filipino…

    Our Ambassador and Phils government already decided not to pursue to ask that chance. Don’t give false hope. Our country is earning more now from Korean tourist than sending ESL teacher in your country.

    No thanks…

  65. Through this you are giving a great help to job seekers in Korea thanks for this.

  66. princess says:

    I really want to teach in Korea, the problem is I haven’t graduated yet.. but I’ve experienced teaching Korean students particularly students from INCHEON ELECTRONIC MEISTER SCHOOL during their summer camp last July.. Can you help me find job in Korea..??Even private tutorials only..

    I’ll wait for your reply..

    thank you.

  67. hi..how can i apply to this?..where will i send resume?…im a graduate of education major in english..thanks

  68. mads says:

    hi ms betchay!

    i just want to ask if a filipino who’s now a US citizen work here in korea as a teacher legally…waiting for your response. thank you

  69. Aj says:

    hi im a nursing graduate but im working in a call center for 2 years now. Im currently a learning specialist (a.k.a.instructor) trainee. Is there a chance for me to get hired as an english teacher in korea?

  70. RN says:

    Hi Aj ! I am also a Nursing Graduate with one year call center experience. Im an English Instructor for High School here in south korea. Im presently employed in Daejon Gwanjeo High School, its a private school. I was hired by a recruiting agency from south korea who visited philippines last year around july 2009. The recruitment was held at Shangrila Hotel in Ortigas and fortunately I was offered a job to teach here in South Korea. As far as I know a recruitment agency from korea will be visiting Manila on December 2010 but I do not know exactly the date and where it will be held. Goodluck to all aspiring English Teachers!

  71. Edette says:

    Hi RN, may I know which agency from Korea have accepted you?

  72. jc says:

    hello everyone..

    I am a teacher.Currently, I am teaching English online for Koreans.
    I just felt bad when I saw this video.
    they were comparing Filipino teachers to other native speakers.
    And the worst is, they were laughing about it.
    Do they think it’s funny?
    If you’re concern about our teacher and our country, make a stand.
    I hope they listen to themselves first before they say against others.
    Thanks!

    http://4camel.net/xe/?document_srl=682253

    these are the websites.

  73. jc says:

    hello everyone..

    I am a teacher.Currently, I am teaching English online for Koreans.
    I just felt bad when I saw this video.
    they were comparing Filipino teachers to other native speakers.
    And the worst is, they were laughing about it.
    Do they think it’s funny?
    If you’re concern about our teacher and our country, make a stand.
    I hope they listen to themselves first before they say against others.
    Thanks!

    http://4camel.net/xe/?document_srl=682253

    this is the website.

  74. roxy says:

    i also once taught a korean businessman basic english way back in college and I certainly want to try it again even though I have my everyday job.

  75. kim young gil says:

    hi i am from seoul

    i look teacher teach me english
    from philippines
    but only good parsan
    i wait ur calll r mail
    my mobil no is
    01028931784
    mail
    awankr2005@yahoo.com

  76. Precy says:

    So many filipinos especially korean wives work as a teacher even though they have wrong pronunciation, accents, and grammar. Whew, so horrible to hear from my co-teachers that they compared them to me. I was ashamed of what they said about other filipinas who are teaching illegally. Actually, i graduated at Silliman University and my status as a teacher was registered already at the dept. of edu. because i had accomplished all the requirements needed as a real teacher. Some filipinas here are pretending as if they are degree holders but actually they’re telling a lie. That’s the sickness of filipinos here and that other filipino teachers who are qualified to teach are badly affected. Bad background sa mga fake teachers dito sa korea. And this is one of the reasons why until now koreans don’t give importance to us filipinos. I hope these filipinos who are not qualified to teach won’t force themselves to do it again to save the Philippines English Standard. Nakakahiya naman. If you want to work, try to apply a job that fits your capability. Thanks a lot. This is just a reminder to those illegal teachers here.

  77. zeeshan khalid awan says:

    HI IA LOOK FRIEND IN KOREA HOTEACH ME ENGLISH IN SEOUL
    CALL ME
    01028931784
    awankr2005@yahoo.com

  78. Marco Brazil says:

    Hello, everyone! My name is Marco. I teach and train teachers here in Japan for over 15 years now. I also give teaching presentations for Oxford University Press here in Japan. I would like to start correspondence with any Filipino teachers group (if there’s any) here in Korea. As Filipino teachers we are judged as a people. Mabuhay po tayong lahat!

    Marco Brazil
    Mabuhay Classroom Teacher Workshop

  79. Ronald Betanio says:

    Greetings!
    Im Ronald currently teaching here in Thailand for about 2 years. I want to teach in Korea. Kindly tell me how to apply. Please reply in my email. Thank you in advance.

    rrb_r8@yahoo.com

  80. Rosennie says:

    Good day! Im rosennie, a Nurse by profession with masteral units and currently working as an Instructor to level 4 nursing students in a University. Being in academe for 9 years gives me the confidence to apply asonline tutor to kindergarten and gradeschool koreans . Please email me at achen_osme@yahoo.com. Thanks.

  81. Mary Ann says:

    Hello Everyone!

    Hello RN, regarding of this info below I would love to be part of teaching field too. Pls care to email me mscerdina@hotmail.com or u can reach me at +63 939 9249 226

    RN September 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Hi Aj ! I am also a Nursing Graduate with one year call center experience. Im an English Instructor for High School here in south korea. Im presently employed in Daejon Gwanjeo High School, its a private school. I was hired by a recruiting agency from south korea who visited philippines last year around july 2009. The recruitment was held at Shangrila Hotel in Ortigas and fortunately I was offered a job to teach here in South Korea. As far as I know a recruitment agency from korea will be visiting Manila on December 2010 but I do not know exactly the date and where it will be held. Goodluck to all aspiring English Teachers!

  82. melanni says:

    gosh! it’s almost the end of 2012. we’re still waiting.

  83. joolee says:

    Hello everyone!!!

    I have read everyone’s commentaries and I learned a lot. These will really help all aspiring fresh graduates like me ^_^ who also wants to try her luck as an English Teacher. I will just do my best! Be responsible, get licensed if possible, protect your image and so on and so forth. I know it will not be easy but it’s worth trying for! Let’s live life to the fullest!

    Kudos! ;D

  84. myra says:

    hi!!! lyle

    Yes i agree with you ,, well i think it doesn’t matter if your an education graduate . or not .. well the most important , you know how to teach ,,,,,..regarding to the teachers in korea ,,, maybe they have the qualification ,, so it’s hard to jusdge those filipino teachers in korea.

  85. aira says:

    hi! very interesting post! I had just came back from a vacation trip from korea. i became interested to seek a teaching job there. Therefore i’m a C-3 visa holder already. I graduated AB Communication in de la salle lipa, and currently working as an online english tutor to Japanese. can you please help me , please tell me the steps that I should take in order to have a teaching job offer from korea. do i have to contact the phil korean embassy? thank you in advance.

    • Betchay says:

      Hi Aira! The Korean government has not included the Philippines in its list of countries eligible for the E-2 or English teaching visa. Only F-6 (those married to Korean nationals) and naturalized Korean citizens are allowed to teach.

  86. Cyrill says:

    sounds interesting!

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