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Korean Students Unhappy with English Classes

Almost 70% of Korean high school students are unhappy with their English lessons, according to the results of a new survey.

They typically say that what they are being taught is not what they need to learn and that they are leaving school without the essential tools to engage in the international sphere.

The study asked almost 1,000 students about their English lessons and the results…

Advanced Learning to be Banned in Korea?

The Korean parliament is set to decide on a Bill to ban all private education outside the state system in Korea.

The private education market is worth around 18 billion dollars, but it is at odds with the Korean President’s policy of promoting the state education system.

The Bill, if passed, would ban so-called “advanced learning” (or private tuition) of the state curricula which would include English…

Teaching English in Korea

Korea is an East Asian territory that is divided into two distinct and very different countries: North Korea & South Korea. Both sit on the Korean Peninsula.

There are many, many thousands of English teachers working in South Korea. Although they are mainly American, you can find many different nationalities here. In general you’ll need a degree and a good TEFL Certificate to teach in the south…

The Economist sues English School in Korea

The British Economist magazine has filed a lawsuit against DYB Choisun Language Institute – a major South Korean language school – over the school’s unauthorized use of its articles. Apparently the school pulled together over 50 articles from the Economist, bound and published them, and then sold them the school’s top level students.

A member of the school staff told a local newspaper that the accusations were…

Changes to EPIK Requirements

There have been rumors floating around about the recent changes made for any teacher joining the EPIK scheme to teach in South Korea‏‎.

This blog post explains exactly what those changes are and exactly what you need to join EPIK.
What is EPIK?
EPIK is a program run the by the South Korean government to supply English teachers to South Korea.

It’s not the only way to go…

Korea, People, Racism

Korea is a unique country that has a lot of offer. But one thing the country does lack is diversity. As a result, you feel isolated, belittled and often times, hated as a foreigner. Especially a black foreigner…
We’d like to welcome Tate Nanje as a guest author of the ICAL Blog.Originally from Cameroon, Tate grew up in the USA and first worked in Korea as teacher in…

South Korea – TALK

TaLK or Teach and Learn in Korea is an opportunity for undergraduates who are seeking a personal, professional and educational experience in South Korea. It allows students to spend time in rural locations teaching English. Approximately 500 people take part in the program annually.

To be part of the program you need to have at least 2 years of college education and be from one of the…

South Korea‏‎ – EPIK English Teaching Program

EPIK (English Program in Korea) is a government sponsored program designed to bring English teachers to work in South Korea. It places over 1,000 teachers in Korea each year.

The program was established in 1995 with the aim of improving standards amongst students and to further cultural exchange.

The program places teachers in March and September in various locations throughout the country. Some locations are more…

Teaching English in South Korea

There is a high demand for English teachers in South Korea and it is a popular destination for teachers from right around the world.
According to figures from 2011, almost 15,500 foreign English teachers were working in South Korea with about 10% of these being of Korean decent (mostly Korean-Americans).
Qualified English native speakers are required not only for EFL‏‎ classes but also to teach subjects like Maths, Science, English Literature…