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EPIK Public School Positions Start August 2013 (All over Korea)

Date 2013-03-21 06:03:53 Location : Asia:Korea

Teaching English jobs in Korea

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2013 term. To have the best chance of securing a position for the upcoming Fall term, it is important to apply as soon as possible.

EPIK applicants must submit the National EPIK Application. Applicants hoping to teach with the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education (SMOE) through EPIK must submit both the National EPIK Application and the EPIK -- Seoul Attachment Form.

Initially, all applications will be sent electronically. If you pass the initial screening and interview, only then will we ask you for the hard copies of all documentation. One of the required documents is the printed and signed application form. Because printers in North America use different size paper than the rest of the world, those who will be printing the application in North America (mostly Americans and Canadians) should complete the Letter size National EPIK Application form and the Letter size EPIK-Seoul Attachment form. All other applicants should complete the standard application form.

When submitting your application, you must include the following in your email:
1. The application form(s)
2. Two scanned letters of recommendation*

*Please follow the guidelines for the letters of recommendation that can be found on our website. In addition, the letters of recommendation guideline can be found in the National EPIK Application Instructions. If any of the required documents are missing, your application will not be processed. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Also, please do NOT mail hard copies of the application to our office until you are requested to do so. Only digital applications are accepted for the inital application stage. Resumes will not be considered.

Be a citizen of a country where English is the primary language

According to E2 visa law, EPIK teachers should have a citizenship from one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, and South Africa.

Must have studied from the Junior High level (7th Grade) and graduated from a university in one of the seven designated countries listed above. EPIK teachers must also have resided for at least 10 years or more in a country where English is the primary Language.

Ethnic Koreans with legal residency in a country where English is the primary language can apply, but must provide proof of English education beginning from the Junior high school level.

Hold a minimum of a Bachelor39;s degree from an accredited university
Be a maximum of 62 years of age
Be mentally and physically healthy
Have a good command of the English language
Have the ability and willingness to adapt to Korean culture and lifestyle

* If you are a male citizen of the Republic of Korea under the age of 35, you must have either completed
mandatory military service or have received an official waiver.

For more information about the mandatory military service that all Korean males are obliged to complete, please consult the following link (

* "English" includes English(American) literature, English composition(writing) and other English majors, but not Journalism or English History.


This section outlines the duties you will be expected to perform as a EPIK teacher. These duties are listed as a general guideline. More comprehensive list of duties will be announced at the time of your local placement.
The duties are carried out under the guidance of the host POE (Provincial Office of Education).
To assist Korean teachers with their English classes and or jointly conduct English classes.
To conduct English conversation classes for Korean students and teachers.
To prepare teaching materials for English language education.
To assist in developing teaching materials for English language education.
To assist with activities related to English language education and other extracurricular activities.
To demonstrate a good command of the English language, both written and spoken.
To perform other duties as specified by the host POE.

Contract Period

The contract period will be 1 year(52 weeks).
The foregoing contract period may be renewed by the mutual written agreement of the host POEs and the EPIK teachers.
As early termination of the contract will cause inconvenience to the host POEs as well as the EPIK teachers, all EPIK teachers are expected to fulfill the contract term.

Have a good command of the English language.
EPIK teachers shall work eight hours per day, five days per week, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and Korean national holidays (about 14 days). Total instructional hours will not exceed 22 hours per week unless requested by the POE or the school, at which employees will be compensated according to the overtime clause outlined in the contract.

Teaching Conditions

Korean co-teacher
There will be a Korean co-teacher in each school that supervises a EPIK teacher. The licensed Korean English teacher or a teacher who speaks English fluently plays the role as the Korean co-teacher. He or she is responsible for consulting, directing and cooperating with the EPIK teacher concerning class work or life at home or in or around the school. The primary role of the Korean co-teacher is to plan and conduct English classes with the EPIK teacher. In addition, the Korean co-teacher participates in preparing school events, carrying out the administrative jobs which are related to co-workers or students, and consulting with the EPIK teacher in difficulties.

In Principle, the EPIK teacher should teach students in collaboration with the Korean co-teacher. Though the EPIK teacher learns how to prepare teaching materials and methodologies during the preliminary training at orientation, the EPIK teacher will be informed again about their assigned classrooms, teaching materials, and teaching methods from the Korean co-teacher when the EPIK teacher starts teaching at the designated school. All issues related to class work needs to be consulted with the Korean co-teacher.

Class hours
Generally, each class meets for 40 minutes for elementary school, 45 minutes for middle school, and 50 minutes for high school. This is subject to change, however, according to the season, weather, or the individual environment of each school. Some schools have special classes after regular class work, in which EPIK teachers are required to teach specific subjects or fields.
The number of students
At the beginning of every year, the number of students for each class are decided by the superintendent of each Provincial Office of Education(POE). The number is usually 35 or more, though there is no national unified regulation. The class size will depend on the location of the school, such as an urban area or a local town. The number of students per class can range from as little as 10 to as large as 40 or more.

Educational system and school-age
Elementary school: 6 years, from 6 years old
Middle school: 3 years, from 12 years old
High school: 3 years, from 15 years old

*The educational system (6 years -- 3 years -- 3 years) is nationally applied by the law, without exception, but the ages within each school level can vary slightly according to each individual student.

Generally speaking, the school year begins on March 1st in Korea. Korea has all four seasons, and vacation periods fall within the summer and winter seasons. Summer vacation begins at the end of July and finishes at the end of August, lasting for about one month. Winter vacation begins at the end of December and finishes at the end of January or early February. The starting date and the ending date can vary depending on each school because each school sets their own vacation period dates. During vacation, EPIK teachers may be required to teach programs such as an English camp, since it is common for students to participate in special school activities that are held during these vacation periods. For more information, please refer to the contract.

Administrative office
The Administrative office at each school provides EPIK teachers the necessary administrative services after placement. This office arranges housing before the EPIK teacher is appointed. The Administrative office is in charge of handling the contract, salary, insurance, tax, etc. for the EPIK teachers. If there are any questions regarding these areas, please contact the Korean co-teacher to relay your questions to the Administrative office.

Please send me your resume with picture if you are interested. I will send you application form.

9 Great Reasons to Teach with the Public School Program in South Korea

Earn a fantastic local salary which will enable you to enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle and pay off student loans (minimum KRW1,900,000 (Approx 1100) monthly).
Free fully furnished private accommodation provided.
Entrance allowance of KRW 1,300,000 (approx 750) to cover flight cost into Korea.
Exit allowance of KRW 1,300,000 (approx 750) upon completion of contract.
Make new friends and share this adventure with hundreds of other candidates from the UK, USA, SA, AUS, IRE and NZ who will be starting in August.
Full orientation and training provided.
Receive a completion bonus equal to one month39;s salary.
Every class has a Korean co-teacher to help you.
Generous holiday allowance giving you the chance to explore Korea and other exciting parts of Asia!
One year contract


Start date:mid-August (full orientation to be followed by placement at assigned school)
Teach Elementary, Middle or High school
Working days: Monday -- Friday
Working hours: 8.30AM -- 4.30PM or 9AM -5PM (depending on school)
Total hours: 22 classes per week (4 classes per day)

Salary & Benefits

KRW 1.8 -- KRW 2.5 monthly salary (depending on experience)
KRW 1,300,000 Entrance Allowance to cover flight cost into Korea
KRW 1,300,000 Exit Allowance upon completion of contract
Rural Allowance + Provincial allowance (depending on location)
KRW 300,000 Settlement Allowance (one time payment)
Free fully furnished housing or, where housing is not available, a rent subsidy of KRW 400,000 monthly
3 Weeks PAID vacation (8 day summer recess, 10 day winter recess)
22 hours of class teaching required per week
Overtime pay or KRW 20,000 per hour per supplementary class
Severance pay equivalent to one month39;s salary
Tax exemption for 2 years apart from Canadian and Irish nationals due to lack of ROK Treaty
Compulsory medical insurance -- 50% of premiums paid by employer
National Pension scheme -- 50% of contributions paid by employer
Full 8 day orientation in a Korean resort area
One year contract
All national holidays