Teacher Tech, Inc. has strong relationships with some of the most reputable private schools in South Korea. Many of whom rely exclusively on Teacher Tech to find new teachers.
Teacher Tech Inc. only works with private schools that have excellent reputations and experienced directors.
In general, if you are planning to teach English in Korea you will likely work at either a public school or a private language school. Teacher Tech is a recruiting agency that specializes in placing teachers in private language schools in Korea.
In comparison to public schools, private schools provide smaller class sizes and more individualized education programs for students to focus on learning English.
Unlike North Americans, very few Koreans attend private schools. There are far fewer options for students to learn in private schools in Korea. However, Korea is a very competitive place, and most parents want to provide additional high quality educational experiences so that their children will have academic advantages.
To accomplish this, many families decide to send their children to additional private schools, and English is the most popular of the subjects taught. These schools operate for profit and so have a more business like character.
Though the schools are commercial ventures, as a teacher the focus of your job will be to provide professional teaching. Most parents believe this private education is a vital part of their children’s development and so the schools receive strong support from parents and students.
There are a variety of large educational companies in Korea that have schools throughout the country.
Each private school operates independently but receives a great deal of support from its parent company, such as a standard curriculum and high quality professional development for teachers.
Being employed by one of these schools allows teachers to work in a professional teaching environment that includes small class sizes, professional management, as well as passionate and highly qualified teachers from both North America and Korea. It is an opportunity to grow as a teacher and to be instrumental in helping students learn and improve their English.
Elementary and middle school students attend these private schools part time. They come to learn English after their public school day is finished. Public schools in Korea don’t provide Preschool and kindergarten, so for these younger learners private language schools are full time programs. Please read the section below on elementary and middle school students to learn more. Teacher Tech works with reputable private schools that have professionally designed and managed programs and experienced directors.
There are a lot of benefits of working at Private schools over Public Schools in Korea.
Comparing the work environments of private schools and public schools in Korea can be confusing. There are advantages and disadvantages to working in a private school. Teacher Tech is an agency that has worked with both kinds of schools but has decided to focus on private schools.
We will make every effort to help you find the most appropriate job based on your qualifications, personal situation, and preferences. To help you consider whether a public or private school might be more appropriate, here are a few of the benefits of working in private schools, and some things to be aware of as well.
- Working closely with your students. Teachers who have worked at private schools will point out the small class sizes and the ability to see students every day as pluses. If you are really passionate about teaching and working with children, and not coming to Korea for other reasons, then this could be a good place for you.
- Working as an Independent Teacher. In private school you will work as an independent teacher, not an assistant or co teacher, as is often the case in public schools. This experience will help you develop as a teacher, and is especially beneficial for those who might be considering a long-term career in teaching.
- More freedom in your teaching. As an independent teacher, not an assistant teacher, you have more freedom in how you want to teach your classes. This freedom, again, allows you to develop professionally.
- Working with other native speaker teachers at the same school and closely working with Korean staff and teachers. Most private schools have between five and twenty-five native English speaker teachers who are from English speaking countries, so you get to work with other native English speaker teachers. Many teachers have said that having other native speaker teachers helped them feel more comfortable in Korea, and helped them to make friends and build their own community. Working closely with Korean teachers and staff members has also been cited by teachers as very helpful in feeling more integrated into life in Korea.
- Flexibility in finding a position. Finding a teaching position in a private school is more flexible than finding a position in a public school. The private market has more openings throughout the year, and you are able to apply for as many positions as you need to in order to find the best fit for you. You also are able to learn a lot about the exact school locations and the various environments where you are applying by speaking with school directors and current teachers before you make your decision.
Our partner schools offer attractive contracts in large metropolitan areas such as Seoul, Pusan, Daejeon, Daegu and Gwangju… as well as smaller cities. You will be able to find a school in the type of area you prefer to live.
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Programs for Different Age Levels
Elementary and middle school students attend private schools part time. They come to learn English after their public school day is finished.
Public schools in Korea don’t provide Preschool and kindergarten, so for these younger learners private language schools are full time programs. Please read the section below on elementary and middle school students to learn more. Teacher Tech works with reputable private schools that have professionally designed and managed programs and experienced directors.
Preschool and Kindergarten Programs
- These are full time programs for children ages 4-7
- These students will not generally have strong English skills, though levels will vary
- The biggest hiring season for these programs is late February to early March, with many teachers beginning between February 28th and March 01st.
- In South Korea, public school starts from first grade, and there is no public Kindergarten.
- The normal school day is five hours, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
- All preschools and kindergartens are private, with the exception of a few government-funded programs. Because of this, there are Korean preschool and kindergarten programs in private language schools.
Kids from this age group cannot study academic English all day, so these programs have been designed with kids’ development stages in mind. The schools offer music, art, physical education and a lot of extra curricular activities, but all in English. It is a fun, nurturing and exciting atmosphere.
Elementary and Middle School Programs
- Students in elementary and middle school programs at private language schools study part time.
- These students already have reasonably good English skills.
- The busiest hiring season for these programs is Summer late August, with many teachers beginning September 1st.
- These are afternoon programs, your working hours will be from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM or from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
These programs developed in response to the demand for high quality after school programs for elementary and middle school students.
It is hard to compare these with after school programs in North America because in Korea these Private Language Schools (called Hagwons in Korean) are an integral part of the education sector, and they are academically very rigorous. Students will attend these classes for one or two hours every day after the normal school day. Some higher-level students will spend up to three hours a day, depending on the type of classes in which they are enrolled.
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