An estimated 60% - 70% of Korean school children attend private English language academies before or after regular school to improve their English abilities. These schools, known as "hagwons" like the public schools, hire graduates from the USA, UK, South Africa, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and Australia with TEFL or bachelors + TEFL qualifications to provide intensive tutoring and teaching.
GoldKey Education works carefully with select partners in Korea to ensure secure placements with reputable employers in Korea to make certain that your teaching adventure is as happy and fulfilling as a public school placement.
HOW ARE THESE DIFFERENT FROM PUBLIC SCHOOL?
Private Schools teach all subjects, just like the public schools, but are private entities. Just like public schools they do hire Conversational English Teachers. As they do not require candidates for these posts have English schooling from Grade 7 to Grade 12 these positions are popular with candidates who attended French or Afrikaans schools from Grade 7 through Grade 12.
Hagwons typically present lessons before or after normal school hours so teaching at a typical English Academy usually involves a "split-shift" work schedule where you teach either the morning shift or the afternoon/evening shift. This famously gives you late morning lie-ins or afternoons off to shop or explore.
By comparison teaching at a public school you are required to be at school for 8 hours a day 9am - 5pm regardless how many classes are on your schedule for the day.
A typical English Academy contract has you teaching 30 contact hours per week. Although this is more than the 22 contact hours in a public school week this is offset by the fact that you spend fewer hours per week on campus, your classes are tiny (see the video above) and your lesson plans and syllabus are all clearly worked out for you so lesson preparation time is substantially less than public schools where you have to scratch-design all your lesson plans.
English Villages are facilities that provide visiting children an "English Immersion" experience with the facility staffed by a large number of foreign English speakers so that it is the dominant language on campus. Benefits are competitive and teachers often live in staff quarters on campus.
Standard Employment Package
Contact Teaching Hours
Flight Tickets Reimbursed
12 Month Renewable Contracts
Private, furnished, rent-free apartment
30hrs Teaching & 4-8Admin hrs/week
1 - 15 students
KRW2million - KRW3million
13th Check end of each Contract
National Health Insurance
8 - 12 working days per annum
2 Sealed University Transcripts
(please watch the video)
These must be two separate, sealed college or university envelopes each containing a complete record of your studies from the first year of study to the last year listing courses and grades. They must be sealed in the student records office with a university stamp, seal or stickers astride the envelope flap. Your full name must be written clearly on the front of each envelope as we cannot break the seal on unmarked envelopes to ascertain to whom they belong. These sealed envelopes must be sent by courier to the GoldKey office for submission to Korea.
This is the most troublesome document as it typically takes a very long time to get this from your government. We urge you to apply for this as soon as you possibly can. Apply at your local Police Station or through your national government Background Check department (ie. the FBI) and monitor the progress of your application online. Once completed the certificate must be apostilled by your national government. Carefully scan & mail to email@example.com without damaging the apostille seal. Keep the original safe for submission after your interview.