Proof that the Korean government hasn’t made a decision about hiring Filipino/Indian/Singaporean English teachers is the announcement that they will hire 10,000 practical English instructors over the next two years.
The government is to recruit about 10,000 Korean instructors for conversational English classes at public schools over the next two years amid difficulties in the hiring of native English teachers.
They are expected to replace native English speakers in the long term, depending on their effectiveness, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said, Monday.
This year, it will hire 2,000 “practical English instructors” for elementary schools and another 3,000 for secondary schools. The ministry will start accepting applications in June and announce the successful candidates in August. The teachers will work from the fall semester.
Another 5,000 are to be recruited next year.
Are there enough English speaking Koreans who could teach conversational classes? When I was taking my TESOL classes at Sookmyung University, I was in a group whose English proficiency is rather advanced. Practically everyone in my class spent more than two years living abroad in countries where English is the first language. Majority of them have that accent which tells you that they learned English from a native speaker.
As expected though, some members of the Korean Federation of Teachers’ Associations are against this plan.