550 native English-speaking teachers to be hired
NIIED, an international education agency under the Ministry of Education, has attracted foreign teachers from English-speaking countries since 2007 to help improve the English conversation skills of students and teachers. The teachers come from seven English-speaking countries such as Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa and the United States. The English Program in Korea (EPIK), a unit in charge of recruiting foreign teachers under NIIED, has a very thorough and strict document and recruitment evaluation system to ensure that the most suitable applicants are hired.
EPIK plans to hold a training program for newly hired teachers to help them get accustomed to Korean culture and the education system. Native English speaking teachers will attend lectures on lesson planning and classroom management along with cultural experiences such as an introduction to the Korean language, visiting a hanok village and learning taekwondo. The orientation will run for nine days from February 18 to 26 in Jeonju and from February 20 to 28 in Daejeon.
The selected teachers will conduct English conversation classes alongside Korean co-teachers. Those who are interested in applying for the Fall semester with start dates in August and September are encouraged to visit the EPIK website (www.epik.go.kr) for more information.