The Korean government will soon open its doors in hiring non-native English speakers to teach English in Korea, according to a recent Korea Times article. Good news for those who wish to come here to teach.
“Only foreigners whose countries have trade agreements with Korea can apply for the positions. These include India, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines,”
Requirements for the non-native teachers, however, will be much stricter than those for native speakers. Non-native speakers have to hold a bachelor’s degree or above in English studies and teaching licenses from their countries.
They just didn’t post exactly when they are going to hire but it seems that it would be for the school year 2009. The SMOE (Seoul’s education office) has all its English positions filled up for the first semester of the school year. I’m not sure with the GEPIK and EPIK programs.
Only those with English majors in Education who have teaching licenses will be allowed to teach in Korea. I’m not so positive about this requirement as I know some people who are not licensed teachers but are as well qualified in the practical sense to teach the language. Anyway, let’s wait and see when the government will officially open its doors.