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CELTA South Korea: Will it Help you Get a job?

A Reader Question: CELTA South Korea “At the moment I am seriously considering a teaching job in Korea-preferably in or near Seoul and preferably in a university or public school. I have teaching credentials but no ESL Certification. Do you think I should get the Celta?” What is the CELTA? …


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Teaching English in a Korean University, Stress-Free Style

Can You Possibly Find a Job Filled with Less Stress? I Don’t Think So Teaching English at a university in South Korea is one of the most stress-free jobs I could ever possibly imagine having. With the exception of the time I worked nights and weekends at a very small …


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Lost in Translation: Don’t Worry!

Lost in Translation: Mostly my Fault So a lot of things in Korea are lost in translation. It’s mostly my fault in most situations for not speaking enough Korean to grasp the intricacies of what is being said and I truly blame nobody but myself. But there are some programs …


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The 6 Tips you Need to Get a University Job in Korea

A common question I get from those working at hagwons/ or public schools in Korea when they hear of my 5 months vacation and 9 hour work-week is how I got this most sweet of ESL teaching jobs. And this is what I tell them: Networking The most important thing …


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Teaching English in South Korean Public Schools: Unsolicited Advice

Not that I Really Know… Teaching English in South Korean public schools: some advice from someone perhaps not really qualified to give it, since I’ve never actually worked in a public school but most of my friends these days, besides my coworkers seem to work there. I guess it’s just …


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Free Talking: With International Students, not Native English Speakers

Starting an English Cafe One thing that my old university in the rice paddies did which I thought was a great idea was to start an English cafe. This university has lots of international students studying theology and they are all fluent in English since their program is English-based. So, …


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University Job Korea- Not in Country

A Reader Question about University Jobs Korea Suzie is basically asking if it’s possible for someone who is well-qualified (experience and education) to get a university job in Korea without actually having worked in Korea before, and not living there now. The short answer: it’s not impossible, just difficult Do …


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TEFL Certificate vs. Masters Degree for Teaching in a Korean University

Which one is Better? A reader question from Sam about a TEFL certificate vs. Masters degree for teaching in a Korean uni. My Answer: If we’re talking about strictly teaching, something like the CELTA (and the next level, the DELTA) is going to be much better than a Masters in …


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How to Get a University Job in South Korea with only a BA

A Reader Question: no Master’s Degree, teaching in South Korea Uni? “I’m an ESL teacher in Korea, and have just started my second contract here. I have about four years’ teaching experience, and hold a degree in English as well as a TEFL certificate. My partner and I were hoping …


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Making Money in Korea- It’s not about the base pay

Give me a Raise! I was talking with my friends last night about pay at Korean Universities. One of my friends who works at another uni, said that she would appreciate it if Korea unis would bump up the pay by 100,000 or 200,000 Won per month after a couple …