Posted : 2015-04-17 16:47
Updated : 2015-04-17 16:49

Foreign English teachers face tougher rules

/ Korea Times file

English Program in Korea(EPIK) has introduced tougher requirements for foreign English teachers that may not favor some applicants.

Korvia Consulting, an English teacher recruiter for Korea, said applicants with a bachelor's degree with majors in English and Linguistics would have to complete a TEFL/TESOL course. EPIK has been exempting applicants who majored in both programs as well as Education from completing the course.

All applicants after 2016 must complete a 100-hour TEFL course with 20 hours of an in-class component that comprises of 20 hours of in-class lecture or practicum. EPIK will not accept online-only TEFL courses starting from Spring 2016.

And applicants must refrain from smoking at their schools or in sight of students or co-workers, and those from South Africa must submit official letters from their middle school and high school stating the schools' primary language was English.

Lastly, applicants can now submit FBI Identity History Summary Checks (IHSC) from FBI-approved channelers. This will see applicants receive their IHSC results within two weeks. It comes after an FBI system upgrade slowed processing last summer.

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