Private Schools, English Academies & English Villages

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An estimated 60% - 70% of Chinese school children attend private English language academies before or after regular school to improve their English abilities. Like the public schools, these 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 China 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.  


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.

These schools 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. 

Some schools 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


Contract Duration


Contact Teaching Hours

Class Size

Monthly Salary

Bonus Check

Health Insurance


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

PEA Application Documents

Please submit the following 4 Initial Application Documents to

We will go through them with you for a final check on Skype before submitting you as a candidate for interview by potential schools.


One Page Short CV

(please submit Microsoft Word or PDF file)

Using the CV sample as a guide to content and simplicity assemble a 1 - 2 page CV (1 page is better) and save it as a PDF file. Put in effort to designing it well with a professional photograph and focus on your attributes experience pertaining to ESL teaching.

Click to Download CV Sample Template


Click to Download Reference Letter Guide

Your application requires at least 2 Reference Letters that conform to this letter format.
Please download, study & share this guide with your referees. Letters must be hand signed, scanned & emailed to GoldKey. Hand signed originals must be safely kept for submission once a formal interview slot has been secured.


Color Passport Scan

Submit a color scan of your passport by email. Please check that your passport is valid for at least 12 months after the end of your intended contract. If not please apply for a new passport and submit a scan of the Home Affairs receipt for your new application along with the scan of your current passport. If you do not have a passport then a scan of your National ID can be used as a stand-in. 


Self Introductory Video

Click to Download

Video Guide

You need to make a short 2 minute Self Introductory Video that will grab the attention of the hiring school. This will be their first look at you and will largely determine if they schedule a formal interview for you.  You can load your video on to YouTube as an Unlisted Video (do not set the video visibility to Private) Alternatively you can submit it directly as an attached MP4 file using WhatsApp (+27-76-411-5388)

Follow the Video Guide to successfully secure your interview opportunity.

PEA Contract / VISA Documents

Please prepare and submit the following 3 Contract & Visa Documents to

We will go through them with you for a final check on Skype before you courier your final Original Document Pack.


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.


Background Check with Apostille

(please watch the video)

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 without damaging the apostille seal. Keep the original safe for submission after your interview.


Apostilled Copy of Degree Certificate

(please watch the video)

To start the process please send an email to
Include the following in the email:

1. A completed SAQA Consent Verification Form

2. A high quality digital scan of your degree certificate

SAQA will email you an invoice with their banking details. Deposit the funds and email the Proof of Payment back to SAQA. They will then contact your old university and issue an original Verification Letter and print and stamp the scan of your degree certificate.  You then need to send a courier to collect these 2 pages from SAQA to take them to DIRCO for the apostille to be attached.

Click to Download the SAQA Consent Form

Background Check (Police Clearance) & Apostilles

Your Background Check must be produced at a National Level by the government authority listed below. Both your Background Check & the copy of your degree must be apostilled also at the National Level by the government authority listed below. These processes can take some time so begin these applications early to avoid disappointment.


Note: If you are sending documents from outside of South Africa then please courier directly to the address in Seoul to expedite delivery. 

We will collate your documents for you even if some documents are delivered to the South African GoldKey office. 

Please avoid using the SA Post Office & Speed Services these are unreliable.


South Africa (Courier Deliveries)

59 Clan Stewart Street

Glencairn Heights



Republic of South Africa

Office Phone

International Calls: +27-21-180-3043

In-Country Calls: 082-728-4229

Mobile Phone

International Calls: +27-82-728-4229

In-Country Calls: 082-728-4229


Saejin @8  108Dong #702 

Inheon 16Gil 47 

Gwanak-gu   Seoul 


Country: Republic of Korea

Contact: Jeong YunSuk

Contact Tel: 02-887-1580

Contact eMail:

GoldKey Education Pty Ltd (Seoul)   

GoldKey Education CC (Cape Town) 


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