A pop-up on the EPIK website.
An announcement on the EPIK website on June 1st:
EPIK is looking to recruit 12 Indian Guest English Teachers (GETs) this term.
The tentative timeline for the recruitment of Indian GETs is as follows:
- Application deadline: June 20, 2010
- Interviews conducted: second week of July
- Final result notification to EdCIL: last week of July
- Successful Indian teachers' entry into Korea: August 16~17
The Fall 2010 EPIK Application is available on the "Apply by Email" section of our website. Please use the Application Instructions provided to help you complete the form.
All applications and questions should be directed to EdCIL and not EPIK. Please visit the EdCIL website (http://www.edcilindia.co.in) for more information regarding the positions available.
"Guest English Teacher" [GET] is what EPIK calls the role filled by native speaker English teachers [NSETs]. I posted about this development in November 2009 when it was announced that the government may experiment with hiring Indian English teachers. The JoongAng Daily wrote then:
Starting in the fall semester next year, around 100 teachers from India will be teaching English at elementary, middle and high schools nationwide, a high-ranking official with the Education Ministry said yesterday.
The ministry has recently confirmed a plan to “improve the system for assistant native teachers of English,” including hiring English-speaking Indians.
“The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement signed between Korea and India last Friday has opened a 1.2 billion-strong Indian market. We expect a number of qualified English teachers from India will come here,” said the source.
With my post addressing the problematic quote-unquote qualification angle. EdCIL currently provides no information about these openings, but commenter Stuart pointed out last fall when looking at another recruiter that the "qualifications" being asked of the Indian teachers were no different than those asked of native speaker English teachers from the "Big 7."
I've felt for at least the past year that the native speaker English teacher experiment is on its way out of the public schools. In a post on Dave's ESL Cafe on May 26th I gave a few reasons, including but not limited to the inability and unwillingness of public schools to pay for experienced foreign teachers, the insistence on teaching for tests and the limited role NSETs can play, the hiring of thousands of Korean "lecturers," the continued media bias against foreign English teachers, the growth of cheaply teaching English via videophone, the phasing out of NSETs going on in Jeollanam-do since 2006, and the potential availability of teachers from countries like India and Singapore. A complete lack of planning has accompanied the introduction of foreign English teachers into South Korea, and there remains no standard for integrating and evaluating them, thus it's no surprise they are misused and misunderstood.