Teaching English in Chungbuk

Teaching English in Chungbuk Through Global Culture Class

Teaching English in Chungbuk Province of South Korea is being facilitated through the expansion of government programs.

Specifically, Chungcheongbuk-do International Education Center will conduct a “2022 Global Culture Class”.

The program is designed to help students systematically learn about international culture and to increase their sensitivity to culture as a global talent.

Participating students will visit the Chungbuk International Education Center for three days and learn various cultures from around the world in English from 10 am to 3 pm.

In small classes of 7 or less, taught by native speakers presently teaching English in Chungbuk, students participate in individual and group activities.

They create their own country, including food and clothing from various countries, and engage in currency-generating activities.

On the last day of class, group project activities are conducted based on the six cultural topics learned over the course of two days (food, costumes, heritage, music, country and currency generation).

Through project activities, students can digest and recreate various cultures as their own, share the results with others, and improve creativity and decision-making skills.

Interested in finding engaging work like teaching English in Chungbuk or other Korean provinces? We have a range of jobs, so get in touch or apply today!

Teaching English in Yeongcheon

English Teaching in Korea Programs Expanded in Yeongcheon

An English teaching in Korea program operated by native English teachers is going to be implemented in Yeongcheon, located just east of Daegu in the southern end of South Korea.

Seobu-dong in Yeongcheon City recently signed an MOU with the Yeongcheon Family Center on April 26th to operate an English class for local children in a small meeting room inside the Administrative Welfare Center.

This agreement was promoted to provide learning opportunities to low-income children in the region by establishing a public-private partnership system based on the local community and to bridge the relative educational gap between students.

“We will continue to work hard so that more welfare benefits can be returned to the local residents through the constant interest and cooperation of the local public and private sector,” said Kang Dae-hwal, director of the Yeongcheon Family Center, who gladly accepted this business agreement.

The English teaching in Korea program, which is scheduled to be conducted through the agreement, will be conducted once a week by a native English teacher until December for the lower grades of elementary school.

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Teaching English in Andong

Andong Seobu Elementary School, visiting Andong English Village

During April, foreigners teaching English in Andong at Andong English Village visited 6th-grade students at Andong’s Seobu Elementary School to provide them with more natural English exposure.

The Andong English Village Visiting Class is a program operated to ‘provide specialized programs that contribute to nurturing global talents and bridging the educational gap and improving English communication skills’.

This visiting class will be conducted as a 17-hour program over three days, and all classes will be conducted in English. Over the three days, students will be able to meet their needs in a variety of situations, including scenarios involving music, Monopoly, library, cooking, restaurant, police station, art, coding, airplane, grocery store, court, auction, science fiction, travel, home, hospital, hairdresser, post office, etc.

A 6th-grade student said, “I think I will be able to learn English with a native English teacher for these threee days through activities that fit various situations, so my interest and confidence in English will increase.”

Principal Oh-Chu Kwon said, “It is unfortunate that students cannot directly go to Andong English Village due to COVID-19 and develop their English communication skills through good facilities and programs, but students can develop their interest in English and learn it through various English experiential learning activities with native English teachers in Korea for three days. I hope that the kids will develop their confidence and grow into global leaders.”

Interested in teaching English in Andong or one of Korea’s other cities? Drop us a line or apply today!

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English Education Brand Rankings in Korea – April 2022

As a result of big data analysis of English education brand reputation in April 2022 by the Korea Business Reputation Research Institute, the analyzed results were in order of 1st place, JLS Jeongsang Language School, 2nd place, Real Class and 3rd place, DYB Choisun Language School.


Among the English education brands most cherished by Korean consumers, brand reputation analysis was conducted on JLS Jeongsang Language School, Real Class, DYB Choisun Language School, Siwon School, Hackers Language School, Cheongdam Language School, Tun Tun English, Poly Language School, Wise Camp, Pagoda Language School, Teacher Yoon English Class, YBM Language School, English Brand reputation analysis for I, Speaking Max, April Language School, Walnut English, Jeongcheol Language School, English Egg, Wall Street English, G&B Language School, HB English Class, Min Byeongcheol Language School, English Mou Mou, YBM ECC, Lee Boyoung’s Talking Club and Fast One.

​The Korea Business Reputation Research Institute conducted a reputation survey for 26 English education brands through brand big data analysis. The English education brand reputation analysis analyzed 5,592,017 big data points of English education brands from March 8, 2022 to April 8, 2022 to ascertain consumers’ brand consumption habits. Compared with 5,707,067 big data points of English education brands in March, the overall data decreased by 2.02%.

The brand reputation index divides big data on consumer activity about the brand into participation value, communication value, social value, market value, and financial value. In the English education brand reputation survey, the participation index, communication index, and community index were analyzed. The brand reputation analysis included the brand valuation analysis, which measured brand influence, and the qualitative evaluation of the brand reputation monitor.


The top 20 in English education brand reputation in April 2022 resulted in:

  1. JLS Jeongsang Language School
  2. Real Class
  3. DYB Choisun Language School
  4. Siwon School
  5. Hackers Language School
  6. Cheongdam Language School
  7. Strong English
  8. Poly Language School
  9. Wise Camp
  10. Pagoda Language School
  11. Teacher Yoon English Class
  12. YBM Language School
  13. English Eye
  14. Speaking Max
  15. April Language Institute
  16. Hodoo English
  17. Jeongcheol Language School
  18. English League
  19. Wall Street English
  20. GnB Language School

1st place, the JLS Jeongsang Language School brand was analyzed with a brand reputation index of 1,045,660 with a participation index of 354,660, communication index of 295,302 and community index of 395,698. Compared to the brand reputation index of 606,628 in March, it increased by 72.37%.

The second place, Real Class brand, was analyzed with a brand reputation index of 702,032, a participation index of 106,312, a communication index of 92,443, and a community index of 503,277. Compared to the brand reputation index of 628,670 in March, it increased by 11.67%.

The 3rd place, DYB Choisun Language School brand, was analyzed with a brand reputation index of 517,785, a participation index of 175,182, a communication index of 169,984, and a community index of 172,619. Compared to the brand reputation index of 501,183 in March, it increased by 3.31%.

Koo Chang-hwan, director of the Korea Business Reputation Research Institute, said, “As a result of the analysis of the brand reputation for English education in April 2022, the JLS Jeongsang Language School brand ranked first. It decreased by 2.02%. According to detailed analysis, brand consumption fell by 10.90%, brand communication fell by 4.87%, and brand expansion increased by 5.60%.”

The Korea Business Reputation Research Institute ( director Changhwan Koo ) measures the domestic brand reputation index every month and announces any change in the brand reputation index. This English education brand reputation index is the result of brand big data analysis from March 8, 2022 to April 8, 2022.

Teaching English in Gyeongnam Province

Teaching English in Gyeongnam Province Debate Classes

Those who are teaching English in Gyeongnam Province of Korea are being asked to expand their scope to include debate instruction.

The Gyeongnam Office of Education runs a high school English discussion program from April to October in order to strengthen general high school students’ language competency necessary in the global era.

Students gain a different experience from the usual reading, reading, and grammar classes, such as meeting and speaking directly with native English language assistant teachers and participating in topic discussion classes. It develops students’ English speaking ability and English-style thinking ability, and develops international competency capable of logical discussion. In addition, students develop a sense of consideration and cooperation with others.

The number of participants in this year’s program has increased significantly compared to last year. As many as 200 students applied knowing that their participation in the English discussion program from this year will be recorded in their school record.

Classes are held for 3 hours each in 10 sessions which include English discussion with native English-speaking assistant teachers currently teaching English in Gyeongnam Province and their Korean co-teachers, and then they select a certain topic for discussion. After each class, the native speaker’s assistant teacher enhances the student’s learning effect with customized individual instruction. After all 10 classes, a high school English discussion forum will be held for participating students.

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Teaching English in Jeonju

English Teachers in Korea Receive Culture Workshop

English teachers in Korea who become employed as native English language assistants at public schools are receiving workshop training to improve their cultural assimilation in the workplace. In Jeollabuk Province (often referred to as Jeonbuk), home to popular cities such as Jeonju, the Office of Education there announced that it will hold a Korean culture experience and classroom competency strengthening workshop for 25 new native English language assistants affiliated with the Jeollabuk-do Office of Education on April 8th.

New native English language assistant teachers were selected through the screening process of EPIK (English Program in Korea), an invitation program for native speakers of the National Institute of International Education.

The workshop for new native speaker assistant teachers in Jeonbuk enhances their understanding of Korean schools and students by experiencing Korean traditions and culture. This is done every year for this purpose.

The new native speaker assistant teachers are scheduled to attend a special lecture on the presentation of best practices for cooperative classes between native English teachers in Korea and Korean teachers in the seminar room of the Choi Myung-hee Literature Center in Jeonju on the same day, and how to teach visitation classes of when they are scheduled to visit and teach at different schools in the province.

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English Teachers in Korea See Funding Boost

English teachers in Korea and related internationalization concepts are set to receive a funding boost in Gangnam.

The Gangnam-gu government of Seoul announced on March 31st that it has secured KRW 31.2 billion in educational expenses subsidies for this year to nurture future talents with creativity and character.

The amount is an increase of 2 billion won compared to the previous year, the largest among the 25 autonomous districts in Seoul.

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Teaching English in Korea Continues to be a Funding Priority for Gangnam

Education expenses include △8.1 billion won for building smart classrooms in elementary, middle and high schools △ 4.3 billion won for improving old school environments △ 5.7 billion won for ‘supporting customized education programs and vitalization of public education’ such as support for native English teachers in Korea to work in middle schools and △13.1 billion won will be invested in providing free meals to kindergartens, elementary, middle, and high schools.

In particular, the district will increase the number of schools that can receive education related to the 4th industrial revolution, such as coding, robots, and drones, from 22 to 27 this year.

It is also planning to support artificial intelligence (AI) and metaverse education, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) equipment and educational contents.

In addition, following the establishment of digital studios in elementary, middle and high schools last year, this year, equipment and software for distance learning will be provided.

Gangnam-gu mayor Jeong Soon-gyun said, “We will invest generously in nurturing future talents who will lead the era of the 4th industrial revolution by securing a solid education budget worthy of the reputation of ‘Gangnam, the leading education district’.”

4 Reasons Why You Should Be TEFL Korea Certified Before Teaching

So you’re wondering about becoming TEFL Korea certified before teaching English in Korea? Awesome! It will probably be one of the greatest decisions you make in life and you will no doubt experience a fantastic adventure of growth & discovery, with a ton of fun thrown in for good measure. As you’ve no doubt discovered, embarking on such a grand journey requires various tough decisions. Things like urban or rural? Public School or private school? What do you value in terms of location, salary, benefits, weather & social life?

Certainly, one of the most important questions you will encounter: Do I need to get a TEFL certification? Check out various forums and websites and you will encounter all sorts of answers. And there will be folks maintaining that ‘hey, there are plenty of schools out there that will hire you without a TEFL certification, so don’t bother.’ But the bottom line is that if you want to get a great job and make the most of your experience in Korea, you need to be TEFL certified, and here are 4 major reasons why:

1. Get the Skills You Need to Succeed as a Professional English Teacher in Korea

Let’s say you get on a plane tomorrow and jet off to Seoul or Busan to teach English without getting TEFL certified.  Will you be prepared to teach 4-6 classes a day with 10-20 students each (or even more)?  Would you have the skills to manage a classroom, explain the intricacies of English grammar, or even to communicate with your students who speak little or no English?  What about lesson planning?  In short, do you actually believe that you possess the skills to provide your students with a quality educational experience that will enable them to reach their goal of learning English? And do you believe that students have the right to receive instruction from a trained, qualified teacher?

A quality TEFL certification will provide you with training in all of the major facets of teaching English as a foreign language, including: teaching methodology & practices; classroom management; teaching the ins-and-outs of English grammar; cultural sensitivity training; lesson planning; error correction; use of audio-visual tools; and basic skills that will enable you to communicate with your students despite the language barrier.

Practicum: Any professional-level TEFL certification class will also incorporate a practicum (live practice teaching with actual ESL students) of 6-20 hours. This will provide you with valuable hands-on experience in a live classroom environment and will help you gain confidence and build your skills.  Many employers in Asia and elsewhere only recognize TEFL classes that include a practicum.

Teaching will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life if you gain the basic skills you need to actually function as a professional English teacher.  One of the great aspects of teaching English in Korea is that you don’t need to invest years of your life and tens of thousands of dollars in a fancy degree to do it.

Taking a quality TEFL class will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need to both get a great job and to succeed in the classroom. The vast majority of folks who teach abroad enjoy a great experience. However, one of the primary reasons why some quit their jobs and return home early is because they feel overwhelmed and under-prepared for the job – don’t let this happen to you!

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2. TEFL Korea Certification Will Qualify You for More Jobs, Better Jobs & Higher Paying Jobs

If you were the owner of a language school in Shanghai, Seoul or Buenos Aires, would you feel comfortable hiring an untrained teacher with no experience to teach classes to your paying customers?  Suppose you are a student – or the parent of a student – would you want to pay your hard-earned money to take classes from a teacher with no training or experience?  Probably not.

The bottom line is that both schools and students want trained teachers with professional level skills as a teacher.  As a result, the vast majority of English teaching jobs in Korea and around the world require a TEFL certification, including many major teaching programs and international schools who typically require a certification (unless you have prior teaching credentials). Even those schools that don’t technically require a TEFL certification are far more likely to hire a job applicant who holds a high level TEFL certification than one who doesn’t.

It is also worth noting that TEFL certified job applicants will typically qualify for positions at better schools with higher corporate standards that often offer the best salary, benefits and professional environment.  Meanwhile, those schools that make a practice of hiring anybody who speaks English regardless of whether they receive training, are typically those schools with the lowest professional standards, which are often cheap when it comes to salaries and benefits.  These are often the lowest quality schools that also care less about their students, as well as their teachers.

What if I am a certified teacher – do I still need a TEFL certification? Any prior teaching experience (especially at the professional level) or education degree that you possess will give you a leg up both in getting great jobs and with your comfort level in the classroom.  That said, unless you have a degree specifically in the field of teaching English as a foreign language, it is still recommend that you get TEFL certified for two main reasons:

  • Most employers still require a TEFL certification as a matter of policy. It is the qualification with which they are most familiar and most comfortable.
  • Like most fields, teaching English as a foreign language requires a specific skill set and knowledge base as well as teaching practices and methodologies. Teaching English grammar to Chinese businessmen or Korean school children is a totally different animal than teaching high school physics or 5th grade social studies. However, becoming TEFL certified will give you the skills you need to succeed in your new environment abroad.

For more on this topic, check out this article!

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3. Getting TEFL Korea Certified Will Assist You Immensely in the Interview Process

This may fall under the umbrella of the previous point, but it’s important to note that getting TEFL Korea certified will typically prove to be very useful during the interview process for teaching English in Korea. Many schools will ask you straight up about how you might handle a hypothetical classroom situation.  They may ask you about teaching methodology and in some cases you may be asked to provide sample lesson plans.  In almost every interview, you will be asked about experience. And while you don’t have to have prior professional teaching experience, a professional-level TEFL certification will include practicum (live practice teaching) that will at least give you some live classroom experience and experience to draw on should it come up in an interview.

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4. Korea Job Search Guidance & Alumni Support

Any high-quality TEFL certification organization should provide free, lifetime job search guidance to all students and graduates to assist them with gaining employment teaching English in Korea and/or teaching English online (which is a great way to gain experience and make money even before you head abroad, or to supplement your income once you arrive in Korea). Adventure Teaching may provide you with the guidance you need to get a great job teaching English in South Korea. There are also 80 countries where you may want to teach English later and you will need resources about that. Things like hiring seasons, interview procedures, visas, hiring requirements and more. Getting a job in other continents will all have different processes than getting a job in Asia.

At International TEFL Academy, all of our students and graduates enjoy lifetime access to comprehensive job placement assistance that includes personal assistance from expert advisors. Such as access to hundreds of pages of job boards, school listings, & resume templates; 500-page job search guidance manual; live & recorded webinars; and how-to-get-a-job guides for dozens of individual countries. In addition, our students are able to connect with 25,000 alumni in 80 countries through exclusive channels on social media. Plus connect with others at exclusive meet-ups. Or share their stories in articles, videos and across ITA’s social media channels. These kinds of resources can make the difference when it comes to ensuring a great experience teaching English abroad.

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So What Kind of TEFL Certification Do You Need?

Deciding to get TEFL Korea certified is one decision – deciding what TEFL class to take from which school is another.  The key is to understand that not all TEFL classes are the same. There are internationally recognized standards that you should look for when looking at your options.  Here are the basics:

  • At least 100 hours of coursework (equivalent to a full-time 4-week intensive in-person class or a part-time equivalent online);
  • At least 6-20 hours of practicum (live practice teaching and observation with a non-native English speaker. Not role-playing with fellow TEFL classmates);
  • An accredited curriculum from a recognized, independent organization within the field;
  • Instruction provided by a qualified instructor(who has an equivalent to a Master Degree in TESOL or related field);
  • Yes, you can take a legitimate professional-level TEFL online that is the equivalent of a top-level in-person class;
  • As mentioned, it is also recommended that you take your TEFL certification course from an organization that provides comprehensive job search guidance.

Luckily, Adventure Teaching and International TEFL Academy have teamed up to provide you with a great option to take ITA’s 170-Hour Online TEFL Class. Widely regarded as the top class in the field.  Taught by university professors (with overseas teaching experience), the class includes a 20 practicum and 150 hours of coursework. Highly interactive with live webinars and videos, designed to accommodate those who are working or going to school full-time.

To learn more about the course and how to register, please check out this link and fill out the form.

By John Bentley – Senior Editor at International TEFL Academy

Requirements for Teaching English in Korea

The requirements for teaching English in Korea are diverse and are always subject to change on a dime. But after going through all these motions, English teachers in Korea can find themselves with an experience that leaves a lasting impression on their lives. And with Adventure Teaching leading you the way and helping you navigate through all the riffraff and pitfalls, that lasting impression is sure to be a positive one! Rest assured, with support staff who are bilingual and also have lived in Korea for many years on both sides of the fence, both as teachers and school administrators, we have got your back.

Before we get too deep into the requirements for teaching English in Korea, please feel free to skip right to the comments at the bottom if you have any questions to start off with or email us in confidence at [email protected].

Otherwise, come along on a deep dive with us as we cover the requirements for teaching English in South Korea as follows:

Visa Requirements for Teaching English in South Korea:Requirements for Teaching English in Korea

  • You must be a citizen from a country deemed to be a native English-speaking nation: U.S., U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.
  • Bachelor’s degree or diploma from an accredited university or college (4 years if US/3 years if UK).
  • Current background check (less than 6 months since date of issue) indicating a clean criminal record.
  • Clean health check and drug test.

The above are the minimum requirements for what is referred to as an E-2 teaching visa issued by Korean immigration and allows you to work for one year at the workplace of your visa sponsor. Please note that there are other visas that may apply to you where you are able to teach English in Korea, such as E-1 (university professor), F-2 (Long-term Residency Visa), F-4-11 (Overseas Korean, ie. Korean-American, etc), F-5 (Permanent Resident) and F-6 (Spousal Visa, ie., Spouse of a Korean National). If you are eligible for any of these visas or have any questions about obtaining one of these visas, feel free to ask in the comments or contact us at [email protected].

Documentation Requirements for Teaching English in Korea:

To be able to teach English in Korea, you must be able to fulfill certain documentation requirements mandated by the Korean government. Emailing us at [email protected] is your best first step to get started and we can advise you with our documentation checklist that will be most accurate in case of any recent changes to the process.

Throughout the process of applying and interviewing for any of our English teaching positions, and then getting your visa processed via the consulate after agreeing to a contract, all of our incoming teachers must have ready and be able to provide the following documents at certain stages:

  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree/diploma (a copy notarized by a public notary along with a letter from the notary. This will later need to be verified by a Korean Consulate. Again, we’ll advise you on all this.
  • Sealed college or university transcript (Stamp/sticker/or registrar’s signature should be over the seal of the envelope)
  • 1 original Criminal Record Check with issuing agency’s stamp (ie. FBI, RCMP, etc) verified by Korean Consulate (no older than 6 months since issuance)
  • Your resume
  • A clear photocopy of the information page of your passport
  • E­2 Health Statement
  • 5 Official Passport Photos (1 of which to be later submitted to Korean Consulate)
  • Completed E2 Visa Application
  • Consul’s Checklist
  • Original contract (issued by your employer for visa processing at consulate)
  • Original passport (still valid for at least one year)


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Maple Bear English Academy

Maple Bear English Academy Concludes Canned Food Donations

Maple Bear English Academy, a popular English teaching franchise throughout Korea, announced on the 11th that it had held a Canned Food Drive to deliver warm love to underprivileged children, the elderly living alone, and the disabled.

Maple Bear students participated in the donation by bringing canned foods to their campuses.

In order for children to participate more actively and interestingly in donation activities, a thermometer of love was set up to track donations and an event was held in which the children who donated directly would write their names and track the results.

Food collected through donation activities was delivered to various neighbors through the local food bank. An official said he was able to feel the joy of donating while watching the thermometer gradually go up over time, watching the kids show their enthusiasm and seeing how much the donations were helpful.

Maple Bear English Academy in Korea is part of a global education brand headquartered in Canada, operating as many as 500 campuses in 30 countries around the world, and providing immersive education that enables students to learn English naturally.

Looking to find employment teaching English in South Korea at Maple Bear? Reach out to us or apply today!