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Do Public High School positions exist in South Korea?

 
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MuddyCAmo



Joined: 26 Nov 2017
Location: California

PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:34 pm    Post subject: Do Public High School positions exist in South Korea? Reply with quote

My preference is to work in a public high school but I'm having a hard time finding positions. I am a newly certified TEFL/TESOL graduate. I have a B.S. in Animal Science. Although my experience is in medical coding and billing, I have lots of experience training coworkers.

Am I simply not qualified? Are their certain recruiters/job boards for these positions? Is EPIK/GEPIK/SMOE the only option for teaching in a public school?

I will completely understand if I'm not qualified. At this point, I'm just curious.

Any information would be greatly appreciated!!!!!
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nicwr2002



Joined: 17 Aug 2011

PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

High school positions are few and far between. They phased out most of the NETs for those positions as well as middle school.
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SuperfuzzBigmuff



Joined: 12 Mar 2017

PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As stated above, public high school positions are quite hard to find as the overwhelming majority of jobs are for the elementary level.

It may be conjecture, which happens a lot with bored expat teachers, but it seems there might be a slow phasing out of high school positions. Korean English teachers see the NET's classes largely as a time wasting joke as they are trying to get through the book and don't have the time to give up a lesson a week for the NET's lessons, which the students see as a joke as well due to the fact they are only concerned with grammar and vocabulary so they can pass the college entrance test.

Also, you're competing with people such as myself who are already in the system and who have fairly extensive experience.

As I see it, you have zero experience in teaching EFL, so I'd lower my expectations if I were you; just get your foot in the system by applying for EPIK/GEPIK/SMOE and teach elemnetary for a year and see what happens.
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Korean public high school and most middle school positions were phased out about 6-8 years ago due to poor results in the program. It was deemed to be ineffective and the positions were eliminated.

Most provinces and the national government still maintain a program for placing teachers into elementary schools. These require a TEFL certification of at least 120 hours with a minimum of 20 hours of Face to Face classroom time (60 hours F-F for Busan MOE).

IF you want to work in a high school then you will need to get certified (State certified / licensed teacher) as an "English subject teacher" rather than a 30-day TEFL certified EFL teacher.

Otherwise, if you want to work with high school kids look at China or Vietnam (similar money but you need to buy your own plane ticket) or SE Asia (less money).

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SuperfuzzBigmuff



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I work at a public high school, and I know of several people who do as well.

BTW, Vietnam is in SEA and you'll be on FAR less money than in Korea as you have to fork out for your own gaff and there are hardly any benefits.
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denverdeath



Joined: 21 May 2005
Location: Boo-sahn

PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ttompatz wrote:
Korean public high school and most middle school positions were phased out about 6-8 years ago due to poor results in the program. It was deemed to be ineffective and the positions were eliminated.

Most provinces and the national government still maintain a program for placing teachers into elementary schools. These require a TEFL certification of at least 120 hours with a minimum of 20 hours of Face to Face classroom time (60 hours F-F for Busan MOE).

IF you want to work in a high school then you will need to get certified (State certified / licensed teacher) as an "English subject teacher" rather than a 30-day TEFL certified EFL teacher.

Otherwise, if you want to work with high school kids look at China or Vietnam (similar money but you need to buy your own plane ticket) or SE Asia (less money).

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Sadly, most HS and MS positions were cut by 2MB and Park whatever her name is. Blame it on them. Due to THEIR cuts, I've noticed SIGNIFICANTLY lowered English ability at our school... might just be our college, but I BET it's a nationwide thing!

;p government do NOT know what's best for the populace!
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wonkavite62



Joined: 17 Dec 2007
Location: Jeollanamdo, South Korea.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:19 pm    Post subject: Yes Reply with quote

Yes, the last person to comment on this post was right. Korean governments do not seem to know what the best policy is for improving students' English ability. The impression that I get is that educationalists' priorities are very short-term, and more about subjective politics than anything.

Currently, the best way to get a high school or middle school job is to look for schools that are listed individually. Some private middle schools and high schools are listed individually and NOT through EPIK. This is the only way for most people to teach that age group.
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