The 'EPIK' program - Teach English on Korean Government Grant

March 2009 EPIK Invitation

EPIK invites responsible, enthusiastic native speakers of English who will invest their time to enrich their lives and build a professional teaching career while sharing knowledge and culture with students and teachers of Korea.


Successful applicants will be required to conduct English conversation classes for Korean primary and secondary school students as part of the Korean government's aim to promote and strengthen English language education. A candidate should have a strong sense of creativity and motivation as well as enjoy working with young children as part of an academic team. Successful applicants are expected to focus on the development of oral communication skills using interactive teaching methods.


Applicants must:

? Hold a minimum of Bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
* Applicants with a 2 year associate degree or have completed minimum of 2 years in university can apply to the TaLK program. (
? Be a citizen from a country where the primary language is English.

∗ Ethnic Korean applicants with foreign citizenships or legal residencies must have been taught in English-language schools from junior high school forth and have lived abroad for minimum of 10 years. (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.)

? Be fluent and proficient in the English language grammar and structure and be able to communicate fluently with clear and distinct pronunciation.
? Be mentally and physically capable of performing the specified responsibilities and duties. Must also have the ability and willingness to adapt to Korean culture and living.
? Meet the criteria of eligibility for E2 (work) visa set forth by the Korean Immigration Authority.
* Aged 55 or over (As of 2008. 12. 31) may be excluded from the selection due to the purpose and the aim of EPIK.


A. Duties

The duties of the Guest English Teacher (hereinafter "GET") are carried out under the guidance of the supervisor designated by Provincial Office of Education (hereinafter "POE").

The responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to:
- Conducting English classes in cooperation with Korean homeroom or English language teachers.
- Preparing teaching materials and activities for English language education.
- Assisting with the development of teaching materials related to English language education.
- Assisting with activities related to English language education and other extracurricular activities. (Judge English speech contestants, voice record for English listening comprehension tests, conduct English conversational classes in the English camp, etc.)

B. Place of Work

The POE will decide placements accordingly. Participants will work at primary and secondary schools within the POE, but some may be designated to work at other educational facilities within the POE system. Rejection of placement may result in disqualification from the program.


The term of the contract is for 52 weeks (Feb 26, 2009 ~ Feb 25, 2010).

The GETs shall work 8 hours per day, 5 calendar days per week excluding Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays (approx. 14 days) of the Republic of Korea. The work hours of GETs may follow the normal work schedule of Korean teachers.

Actual class instruction hours of GETs shall not exceed 22 hours per week. (If it exceeds 22 hours, GETs will be entitled a supplementary class instruction pay). The person in charge of the work place may require GETs to work overtime in addition to normal workdays and work hours. In this case, overtime pay will be provided.


Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Sydney, Australia

Level 13, 111 Elizabeth St Sydney 2000
GPO Box 1601, Sydney 2001
Tel: 02)9210-0228/0216 Fax: 02)9235-1642

Application Deadline: 15 June, 2009

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