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TESOL South Korea: Using the Communicative Approach in an Education System Driven by Rote Memorization and Confucianism

TESOL South Korea Communicative Approach The education levels that a person attains in South Korea can have an enormous impact on his/her job prospects, so getting into a good university can open doors to job opportunities that simple do not exist for less educated people. This translates to a culture that puts pressure on students as young as 6 years old to perform well in school.

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Rote Memorization – TESOL South Korea

What exactly are the students learning in these incredibly competitive classes? They learn facts. The Korean education system is based on a decades old system of rote memorization that is applied to every subject. Math, Society, Korean, History, Geography; all of the ten or so subjects that a student must take in elementary and middle school are taught by rote memorization.

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TEFL South Korea EPIK Recruitment Now Open

Ontesol has received the application package for the term that starts on February 2013. The application opens on October 4th and candidates should complete it and obtain some of the required documentation before then.

You can apply now even if you have not completed you TESOL course, but you should complete a TESOL course of at least 100 hours before the end of November to improve your chances of getting the job. Starting now, EPK has a new policy that gives priority to candidates who complete a 20-hour in-class Practicum. Ontesol graduates can choose to complete a separate 20-hour Practicum after the TESOL course.

Learn more about Practicum requirements:

EPIK Application:

Applicants can only use one recruiter. Contact us to request your application if you would like Ontesol to help you with recruitment. This service is free of charge. Due to the large number of applicants, Ontesol students are graduates are placed on a priority list.

For more information on work conditions and requirements, visit the EPIK Recruitment page.

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.

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!