TEIK pre-Interview PDF Print E-mail
Jan 07, 2017 at 12:00 AM



•1. Program Information

•a.   Basic Benefits Include:

  • i. Free housing (Studio housing or a 1 bedroom for couples)
  • ii. 2,000,000KW-2,800,000KW a month base pay
    • 1. 2.0M-2.1M (non-education or English Majors, no TEFL Certificate, no ESL teaching experience
    • 2. 2.1M-2.2M (Education/English Major or TEFL certified or 1 year ESL teaching experience
    • 3. 2.3M-2.4M (Education/English Major and or TEFL certified and 1+ year ESL teaching experience or MA in English/Education)
    • 4. 2.5 or higher (Education/English Major and TEFL certified w/2 or more years ESL teaching experience and or 2+ years ESL teaching experience and a MA in English/Education/TESOL)
  • iii. Round-trip or one-way airfare (purchased by private school or reimbursed by public school after 30 days)
  • iv. Bonus (normally 1 months pay, work 12 months and one is paid for 13 months)
  • v. medical Insurance 50/50 (about $50 per month paid by teacher)
  • vi. Low Tax rate (3.3%-4.5%) (pay ZERO USA TAXES)
  • vii. 25-30 teaching hours per week
  • viii. Low cost of living (40%-50% cheaper than USA)
  • ix. 45K-50 K equivalent salaries in USA (because of free housing, low cost of living, bonus, medical insurance, low taxes and etc.)

•b.   Hiring Process

  • i. Teacher submits an 1) application 2) resume & 3) Current photo
  • ii. Have an interview with TeachEnglishInKorea staff (if one passes the interview, then go to step 3)
  • iii. TEIK will send a brief description of a schools offer, if it is acceptable to the teacher then TeachEnglishInKorea will then arrange a mutual agreeable time for an interview (usually in the early morning or late evening (7-11 pm CST) because of the time difference [16 hours different from PST, 15 hours different from GMT, 14 hours different from CST and 13 hours different from EST]).
  • iv. Usually a 5-10 minute interview with the School Director followed by a longer interview (10-30 minute) with a Native English teacher or just one interview with a native English teacher or school director. This is a great opportunity to learn about your prospective school, students, staff and general living conditions. If you do not speak to one of the current native western teacher's one can request the name and email address of one of the current teachers to correspond with before accepting the job.
  • v. Job offer/acceptance. After the interview the school when then either offer, or not offer a position to the potential candidate. If the job is offered and then accepted by the potential teacher, then an application will be sent to the teacher by email.
  • vi. Start visa process. See (7. Visa/Paperwork & Process)
  • vii. Airline e-ticket issuance with airport pickup instructions after obtaining the visa/passport back from immigration. The e-ticket will be issued via email for a one-way ticket to Korea if placed at a private English school (hawkwan) or the teacher will have to purchase their own one way economy ticket and get reimbursed 30 days after arriving in Korea if being placed at a Korean public primary or secondary school.
  • viii. Arrive in Korea four or five days before classes start for orientation/ class observation/ settling in & etc.

•2. Visa/Paperwork & Procedures With a job offer TEIK sends teachers the schools contract plus visa instructionsonwhat to send to Korea. Teachers FedEx their documents to the school directly and after the school receives their documents they apply at the local immigration office in Korea for the teachers visa number (takes 3-10 business days). After the teacher receive's their visa number they must apply at the closest Korean Consulate in their country to finish the visa process.

•a.   Paperwork needed:

  • i. Photocopy of Original Diploma (must be 1st be notarized by a public notary and then notarized by an Apostille or Korean Consulate or your Embassy if in Korea. You must write on the photocopy, 'This is an exact copy of an original document.' The public notary will notarize your signature only. This new requirement took into effect 09.01.10.
  • ii. Official ‘sealed' transcripts (NO LONGER REQUIRED FOR E2 Visa)
  • iii. A valid passport (1 year validity)
  • iv. Three passport photos
  • v. 3 signed but not dated contracts (school, immigration & teacher)
  • vi. A resume
  • vii. CRC or CBC (Criminal Records Check or Criminal Background Check) FBI or RCMP only [statewide checks are no longer accepted [updated January 2011] and Notarized by the state apositlle. The CBC MUST BE CLEAN without any convictions. One must currently have an FBI/RCMP CBC to obtain an alien registration card within 90 days of arriving in Korea.
  • viii. Visa Application (partially to completely filled out, signed and dated)
  • ix. Health Questionnaire (Signed, dated and filled out)
  • x. Consul's Checklist (NO LONGER REQUIRED FOR E2 Visa)

            NOTE: Diploma, resume, CBC and passport must have the same name on them. All documents must have same spelling of name on every document. Almost everyone must have an inperson interview at the nearest Korean Consulate.

EXAMPLE 1 [Correct]: Diploma, CRC and passport all have Bradley Scott Brennan.

EXAMPLE 2 [NOT CORRECT]: Diploma: Jane Emily Doe, CRC: Jane Emily Smith, Passport: Jane Emily Smith.

•b.   Visa Procedure:

  • i. Send all documents to school directly by FedExl or other tractable postage (FedEx, UPS, DHL and etc) then approximately 5-10 days after your school receives the documents from the teacher your school will receive the visa issuance number from the Korean immigration office in Korea and then you will apply at the closest Korean Consulate to you. The visa will take another 3-5 business days to be processed and then the consulate will overnight the passport back to you (you must include the pre-paid self-addressed envelope). Departure to Korea will be approximately 1-3 days after receiving visa unless otherwise noted.

•c.   Travelling to Korea:

  • i. TEIK will arrange an airport pickup service, so that the teacher will be met by either a TEIK representative, affiliate or a representative from the teacher's school and will be taken to the teacher's residence or will be directed to the proper transportation to be later met after arriving at their destination if the destination is more than 1.5 hours away from Incheon International Airport.

•d.   After Arriving in Korea:

  • i. Typically teachers arrive in the evening, so their first day is usually as follows; arrive at the airport, transfer to accommodation then sleep or a light meal then sleep. The next day in the afternoon someone from the teacher's school will pick up the teacher to bring them to their school for a meet and greet with the school staff (depending upon what day of the week). The next day or two are normally classroom observations where there teacher will learn the teaching methods of the veteran teacher (shadow the teacher), and the veteran teacher will show where all of the classes/books/teaching materials are located and the teachers class schedule. The next day is typically the teachers first actual teaching day and that is when the teacher will date their contract. A teacher's first teaching day is normally 4-5 days after arriving in Korea and your contract starts from your first teaching day (that is when you date your contract as well).

•e.   The First Few Months in Korea:

  • i. The first few months in Korea are very exciting and a total adventure where one will meet many new and interesting people. During the first few months you will make many new friends and you'll need to set up a bank account, cell phone and internet (if your accommodation does not already have it). I always suggest asking one of the Korean English teachers to help you with setting up things and remember that they are usually eager to practice their English, so language exchanges are a great way for you to learn Korean and a great way to see other parts of Korea.

•f.    How TEIK is different than other recruitment agencies and Building TEIK teachers Social Networks:

  • i. We at TEIK are very different than other recruiters because we try to ensure a smooth transition into your new Korean life and to help do that we introduce new TEIK teachers to current in country TEIK teachers. We try to give around ten current teach teachers as contacts, who are very friendly and are also looking to expand their social network.
  • ii. We also travel to Korea at least once per year and we also normally try to organize a TEIK night to have dinner and drinks so that TEIK teachers can meet new teachers and meet more people and build more friendships. Remember that the other westerners that you meet there are in the same situation as you and are normally pretty open and are also eager to make new friends.
  • iii. TEIK also reaches out to TEIK teachers periodically to inquire how they are doing and to just check in on them to make sure that they are doing well and no other recruitment agency does this. We like to check in on our teachers for several reasons such as a) to keep up our personal relationship with the teacher b) to ensure the teacher is transitioning well into life in Korea c) by checking in we can keep our fingers on the pulse of the school to ensure that the school is as good as it was when we first placed a teacher there, d) it helps to ensure that the teacher finishes their 12 month contracts.
  • iv. We at TEIK try to keep a personal relationship with every teacher we send over with a boutique recruiter approach, meaning that we choose to work with a select number of good private schools and public school districts so that we can ensure that they are good quality stable schools and we only want to hire exceptional teachers who are non-ethnocentric, who are good humored and can laugh at themselves, who are adaptable, diligent, are eager to learn about new cultures and most importantly love children.
  • v. The majority (95%) of the "other recruiters" are: Korean, Korean schools, Korean recruitment agencies or Korean owned recruitment agencies with westerners working for them. Their approach to recruiting is bahli, bahli, bahli (fast, fast, fast) and they only want to work with people who want to get placed quickly in the next several weeks and they do not care about the quality of the schools or the teachers because once you've gone to Korea, they've been paid they feel that their job is over with, but we are very different because we at TEIK believe when you go to Korea, our job is just getting started and this is why we enjoy about 30% of our business is referrals and repeat teachers. Also, TEIK offers a referral fee of 100,000KW to say thank you for introducing your friends or colleagues to us.

•g.   Teaching Private Classes:

  • i. Teaching private classes is illegal in Korea. Almost every contract will state that you are not to teach classes outside of your school without the schools permission, but with that said, do most teachers in Korea teach private classes? Yes, most teachers have private classes and some more than others. As a rule of thumb wait the first few months before considering taking on extra classes and ask your fellow teachers about if they have privates and if they do had did they get them and etc then make your own decision.

You'll find that most privates are either 1) a friend's school needs someone to pick up extra classes and they normally will pay about the overtime rate or higher for these classes. Another common private will be 2) one of your school's students will ask one of the Korean teachers if you can teach them. It's better to ask them to have 3 or 4 of their friends together at the same time and do 1.5 hours per session twice a week instead of an hour three times per week because of cutting down the travel time.  Another source of privates are 3) adult hawkwan (institute) and 4) kindergarten or adult classes. Normally these schools do not have enough hours to support a full time teacher with all of the benefits, so what they do is pay more per hour with kindergartens being one of the best paying privates. Another type of common private classes are 5) businessmen and 6) company classes. These typically pay the best and are the most coveted classes because they are professional and they tend to take teachers out for nice meals and drinks (and they treat you). Businessmen are smart and they know that if they pay you 50,000KW per hour and that if they take you out to a nice dinner and have drinks for 3 hours and they spend 100,000 KW, then they got to have fun practicing their English and had a fun night out a s well.

Even if you do not take on a single private class you should still be able to save at least 50% to 60% of what you make depending of course on how frugal or extravagantly you live. With free housing, low cost of living, low Korean taxes, no USA taxes, inexpensive restaurants (dirt cheap alcohol-SOJU;)) and great cheap public transportation one can easily save a lot while in Korea.

•h.   Learning the Language:

  • i. You will need to learn at least survival Korean (more on that below) how to read Hangul (very easy and you can learn it in a day or two) and 15-20 common sentences and some key words. For great free on-line Korean language references go to the Korea Tourism Organization's website where you will find situational chapters like "Going to the Market" or "Greetings." The chapters are written in Korean and phonetically in English. Take a few days and memorize the vowels and then the consonants and go over the pronunciation. The Korean alphabet was created in the 16th century by king Sejong, so that there are no exceptions to the rule and it is a very logical alphabet. Before the 16th century Hangul was written using Hanja or Chinese characters. For free on-line Korean language practice "click here."

•i.    TEFL Certification:

  • i. We strongly suggest getting TEFL certified, but it is not required to get a job in S. Korea. If you are a recent college graduate, have no ESL teaching experience, are not an English/Education major or are wanting to be a more confident ESL teacher or you want to teach in Seoul, we suggest getting TEFL certified because you will receive many benefits, such as
  • 1. You'll on average make 100,000KW or more per month
  • 2. You'll get a better job at a better school or location
  • 3. You'll be a more confident ESL teacher
  • 4. You'll be a more qualified and competent ESL teacher
  • ii. For more information on TEFL certification, the costs and the programs that we or our partners offer please "click here" for more detailed information. TEIK also has its own certified program that is more than half the price of on-line TEFL programs with all of the same benefits. The 150 Hour TEFL correspondence course is a do at your own pace program that normally is $650, but for teachers who get placed in Korea through us we give a $100 discount off the tuition [so only $550!!!] and if you sign up with a friend we will give another $100 off. This is the best option for people who want to make an extra 100,000KW more per month (or more!), but do not want to break the bank to do so. The great thing is, if you do this course in only 6 months of teaching in Korea or less the course will have paid for itself and every month after you will be making more money because you are TEFL certified and if you stay more than a year you next contract will be negotiated at a higher starting rate because your first year salary was higher. To apply for either TEFL program "click here" and you can pay by paypal.com, so you can use your credit card. We also offer specialist TEFL courses such as "20/40/60 Hour Business TEFL Certification" and "20/40/60 Hour Young Learners TEFL Certification, starting at only $149 ($149/$169/$189).

•j.    How do I teach ESL in Korea? Is there a set curriculum & etc?

  • i. How one teaches ESL in Korea depends on many things (education: Education major/TEFL certified, life experience, ESL teaching experience, public school/private school, school curriculum [or lack thereof] and or etc). One has to remember that private English schools are a business and they are in business to make money 1st (they will never say this of course) and to educate children second. Public schools are very different and are very similar to western public schools, so we will not go into detail about public schools. Private schools as mentioned are for profit and they normally provide books (which the children have to buy) so they want the teacher to go through the books quickly, but as I quickly realized, most ESL books are not enough, so one should prepare extra activities, supplemental teaching materials and etc that are in line with the days lesson. One can easily google the subject that they will teach and one can find copious amounts of supplemental activities, lessons and games.
  • ii. What does the school want from the teacher? The schools are mostly concerned with three things (not in any particular order). Firstly, do the students like you? Secondly, can you manage your classroom? And thirdly, can you convey the material to the children in a way that the students find interesting and do the lessons engage the students and help them to learn English. New teachers should spend a few hours per day preparing for classes (lesson planning), but after about 3 months, your planning time will decrease precipitously because after about three month one will be teaching the same books/lessons, but will be teaching to different classes as one cycles through them.
  • iii. After teaching ESL in Korea for 7 years I realized my teaching method was very affective in the 3 above mentioned points and I did as follows. [1] The first 10-15% of the class I would review previous pages/chapters going over reading, pronunciation and practice exercises going around the room first as a group then individually to check master of the skills/material and then individually go around the room to check individual pronunciation and to make corrections as necessary. [2] I would then spend the next 40%-60% of the time going over new material in group method (I repeat they repeat) and individual method (I repeat they repeat) and then I would also incorporate peer to peer (student A says then student B says) practice (ex: Student A "How are you?" Student B: "I'm fine, thank you and you?" and etc. [3] Then I would spend the last 15%-25% of the class practicing/reinforcing the current days material through a game/activity (speed game, memorization game, reading game and etc). For activities I would use puzzles, crosswords, word searches, songs and etc. One has to fit the material to the age of the students and one can modify the activities/games to fit for lower, middle or higher level students. For example, play scrabble with beginning level students, play with the letter tiles facing up so they can choose any letter they want, with more advanced level have them facing down and etc. [4] On Fridays I would play a "fun game" instead of a specific reinforcement game (Monday through Thursday reinforcement games/activities). Game of choice was Uno/Scrabble/Hangman and etc, but you must also teach them things like colors, numbers, sentences that they must use, such as "green eight," "blue skip" and etc.
  • iv. Teaching kindergarten: Being a secondary education major I realized quickly that teaching kindergarten would be more challenging for me, but I quickly found that making it fun for the "little ones" was number 1 priority and because of the English level one has to focus on basic words, pronunciation and easy to remember songs. An easy way to do this is to take simple songs like "row, row, row your boat" and make story boards (white butcher paper draw the song in pictures then use color pencils to make the pictures bright and colorful). The make flash cards with the same pictures (make 2 of each flash card so you can play memory game and speed game) so that you can reinforce the children's vocabulary. During Christmas time I would teach Christmas carols and etc and always review every day previous material. Also one must hear the song walking, walking, jum, jump, jump (same melody of the songs you learned in kindergarten in English and in French: Are you sleeping, Are you sleeping, Brother John [French version: Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques Dormez-vous, dormez-vous?] :
  • 1. Walking, walking, jump, jump, jump ( you can change it to walking, walking kick, kick, kick or running, running, chop, chop, chop and etc (just insert new verbs). Then you can tell them to do it "slowly" or quickly. Also one can only teach kindergarten classes for a maximum of 10 minutes at a time before they start to disengage, so I would always watch for them to start squirming or not paying attention and if a few of them started to disengage I would say, "OK, everyone, stand up! Let's sing, walking, walking, jump, jump, jump. Ready? OK, let's go."

•k.   What type of teacher is TEIK looking to send to Korea?

  • i. Let us reiterate that TEIK is looking for individuals that most importantly love kids (90-95% of positions will be for kindergarten/elementary or elementary school age) and want to make a positive contribution to a young person's education and who want to be ambassadors of good will to the Republic of South Korea. We are looking for teachers that are open minded, easy going, adventurous, have a sense of humor, who can laugh at themselves, who want to learn about a new culture and who is looking to have an adventure of a lifetime. We also are looking for people who are dependable, honest and who take teaching seriously and who will be on time for class and etc.
  • ii. What TEIK is not looking for: people who are ethnocentric, who are closed minded, who do not like children, who hate change and who are not interested about learning about Korean culture.
  • iii. Will you have a perfect time in Korea? NO. Will you have a great time, YES, but a perfect time? No. 95% of teachers who go to Korea have a wonderful time with ups and downs, but leave the country with good memories and would recommend it to a friend, relative and etc. However, about 5% of people hate teaching in Korea and I'll tell you why. These are the people who are ethnocentric and think that every country should be just like their home country and you will hear them while you're in Korea. They start off most of their rants and raves by saying, "In America we do like this... Why can't they do like, in America...and etc. These people often think that every country should be like the 51st state (or Canadian province & etc) and they normally have not travelled before and they do not want to know about their new culture and or the local people. One must always remember that Koreans made Korea so that it is comfortable for Koreans not so that it is comfortable for Americans (Canadians, Aussies, New Zealanders and etc). If one keeps this in mind and is aware of this and they go to Korea with the right set of expectations and go in the right mind set they will have a wonderful time while living abroad in Korea or in any other country for that matter.

•l.    The TEIK Interview:

  • i. Your TEIK representative will call you on or near the agreed interview time (sometimes interviews go over the allotted time given)and will go over the hiring process, visa process, visa documentation and will answer any and all questions that you ask. Please once again be sure to read over the FAQ section of the website and have fun during the interview because it is our pleasure to assist you on your exciting journey to teach English in Korea.

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