March 29, 2017 Danny Bamboat

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching in Korea

Teaching English in Asia has become considerably popular over the years. I think it’s a great opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and learn about a new culture. For me, it was a life-changing experience. Here’s the ultimate guide to teaching in Korea.

Young children with female teacher posing for photo in The Ultimate Guide to Teaching in Korea

My adorable and awesome class at my hagwon job.

I taught English in Korea for 4 years. I’ll be honest, I loved living there more than the actual teaching. But, there were definitely some fun times!!

In Korea, there are 3 types of institutions:

1.     Public school:

First of all, there is public school. Here you’ll find a range of levels in one class, the class sizes are bigger, and you work alongside a Korean English teacher.

2.     Private school:

Secondly, at a private school the hours and classes are about the same as at a public school, but you teach on your own and there are specialized classes depending on level of English.

3.     Academy (hagwon):

Finally, students go to hagwons after school for extra learning in English. Class sizes are small and divided by level. You can also teach kindergarten here as a head start for young kids in English.

So to narrow it down, I taught at all 3 types of schools and each has its ups and downs. These pros and cons of the ultimate guide to teaching in Korea are based on my experience, and each experience is different!

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching in Korea - public schools

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching in Korea - private schools

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching in Korea - hagwon

If you’re already teaching in Korea, check out waygook.org for awesome tips on lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, activities, and more!

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