Is South Korea a Developed Country?

South Korea has one of the most stable economies in the world and is home to some of the biggest corporations, such as Samsung and Hyundai.

Cities host a variety of beautiful ancient buildings and gates as well as some of the most modern buildings. South Korea is also home to some of the most beautiful national parks in the world  and the government has been very active at renovating urban centres by filling empty spaces with greenery.

Their success is based on a mixed economy where businesses take care of production and government invests in essential services such as Eco-projects and education. One of these government-funded programs is EPIK, which hires 1,100 ESL teachers every semester and pays one of the most competitive packages in all of East Asia. ESL teachers take home approximately $2,000/month and the package also includes accommodation, health insurance, bonuses, and more. A 100-hour online TESOL certificate automatically qualifies teachers for a higher pay level, starting at 2.0 million won per month in some areas and 2.1 million in other.

Ontesol is now helping with the application for Spring 2012. Request your application via email or through the inquiry form.

EPIK South Korea, Apply Now!

Ontesol is now recruiting qualified teachers for EPIK. Login your student account to find the application form or contact us via the inquiry form for more information.

The deadline for submitting your application is December 20, but positions get filled quickly, so apply as soon as possible, even if you haven’t completed your online TESOL course.

EPIK is an English program funded by South Korea’s ministry of education. Each semester, they hire 1,100 teachers who receive the best employment package in East Asia. Earn 1.8-2.3 million won per month plus paid accommodation, bonuses, health insurance coverage, work permit, and more! Applicants need to be native speakers or Korean citizens with a good level of English, have completed their university degree, and hold a 100-hour TESOL certificate or higher TESOL qualification such as TESL Canada, Trinity CertTESOL, or CELTA.

Do I Need To Speak A Foreign Language to Teach English Abroad?

Do I need to speak another language to teach abroad?This is a question that many new ESL teachers ask themselves and it is a very reasonable question because moving to a different country without speaking the local language creates a lot of anxiety.  Learning a foreign language is an important part of the wonderful teaching English abroad experience, but it is not necessary to find a job or teach English effectively.

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Why Are Online TEFL Courses More Affordable?

The price of an expensive on-site course is not indicative of quality. Online TESOL courses can be offered for a much lower tuition fee because the need to rent expensive downtown classrooms is eliminated. Furthermore, online education provides great economies of scale because schools have a global reach. While online courses provide a private tutor to every trainee, quality on-site TESOL courses cannot accept more than 15 students.  As TESL Canada and CELTA recognize some online TESOL courses, this method of instruction is the way of the future.

Why Is Methodology More Important Than The Practicum?

The Practicum is a very important module for trainees with little or no prior teaching experience, but it comes after the TESOL course for a very good reason: You cannot stand in front of a classroom if you do not know what to do on each stage of the lesson.

During Methodology, the trainee learns about different methods for effective teaching and the structure for delivering a professional lesson. A plan is crucial as each stage of a lesson requires the use of different tools and activities depending on the type of lesson, aims, assumptions,  and anticipated problems and solutions. Once you know how to create a professional lesson plan, you can stand in front of a classroom with confidence. In general, the Practicum is not required for an entry-level position, so deciding to complete the Practicum  depends on your desire to obtain supervised teaching experience as well as the requirements for jobs and accreditation.

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Difference Between UK, Canada, US TESOL Courses?

Good TESOL / TEFL / TESL courses are standard across the world. They cover grammar, phonology, and methodology.  Some courses include a Practicum module, others offer the option to take it after the TESOL course, and others do not offer this module at all.

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Save Money, Set Up Your Own Practicum

Save money on TESOL practicumIf you want to save the Practicum fee that most TESOL institutes charge (Up to $600), you can set up the 20-hour Practicum yourself anywhere in the world. All you need to do is find adult students and a qualified supervisor, who may be the DOS at a school or an experienced teacher. The supervisor must have over 2,000 hours of teaching experience and an advanced TESL, TEFL, or TESOL certificate such as TESL Canada, Trinity CertTESOL,  CELTA, or equivalent.

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Is The Practicum Required For TESOL Certification?

The Practicum is a separate module and is not required for OnTESOL’s 100-hour TESOL certificate or 250-hour TESOL Diploma. The Practicum, however, is necessary for applying to TESL Canada Professional Standard 2 certification (250-hour + Practicum). There isn’t a deadline for completing the Practicum after the online TESOL course, so trainees can wait until they get a job to take it free of charge at their employer’s premises. Although the Practicum is not required by many employers, it is highly recommended because the 10 hours of class observation and 10 hours of teaching experience provide confidence and feedback to new teachers.

 

When Does EPIK Application Start for 2012?

Ontesol is one of the few TESOL/TEFL  institutes that has a contract with EPIK, South Korea’s Ministry of Education national English program, to supply them with qualified teachers.

Applications for the next term will be considered starting on October 2011. Only those who hold a TESOL certificate or Diploma from Coventry House International, Ontesol, TESL Canada, ACTDEC (100 hours and up), Trinity CertTESOL, or CELTA are eligible to apply.Please note that a university degree is also required and applicants must be native speakers, citizens of South Korea, or have completed their studies at a native-speaking country from grade 7 up to the university level.

To apply, you can request an application form via email, or send us a message through the contact form.

Is There Funding Available for TESOL Courses?

TESOL certification courses are continuing education programs that generally last anywhere between two and eight weeks, so there isn’t any government funding available in Canada, US, or UK.

The good news is that it is possible to pay off your TESOL course after just one month of teaching abroad.  The tuition fee for Ontesol’s 100-hour course is only CAN$285 as of September, 2011. EPIK, which is a national English program run by South Korea’s Ministry of Education, offers $300 extra per month to those who have a 100-hour TESOL certificate or higher TESOL certification!

If you have taken a course with Ontesol or you are currently enrolled in one of our internationally recognized TESOL courses, we are one of the few TESOL/TEFL  institutes in the world that has a contract with EPIK for helping qualified ESL teachers with the lengthy application process. Send us an email to request an application form!