What's it really like to teach at a Korean hagwon? Here's the word from someone who's done it successfully.|
Korea has thousands of these private academies. Unlike
public schools, they don't require an education degree or a teaching certificate. If English is your native
language, and you have a bachelor's degree - in any field - you can be an ESL / EFL teacher.
Margaret spent a year in English instruction at
Best Language Institute
in the city of
Kangwon (Gangwon) Province,
eastern seaboard. This is her story of that year.
Korea and hagwon teaching have changed since Margaret lived there. How could they not? Still, every time we revisit
Korea, we find that some things don't change. If you're considering spending some time in the
Land of the Morning Calm, maybe what she learned about Korea will help you, too.