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ESL Daily: Korea: Shape Up or Ship Out
Korea: Shape Up or Ship Out
The economic crunch has once again reared its ugly head in South Korea. Once the land of “you foreign, have degree, you teacher”, it has now joined the ranks of Japan as a country that is demanding more and offering less. The 17 native English speakers that, “made trouble as a teacher”, and were deemed unfit to be offered a contract renewal, in the Ulsan Public School system, where so judge because they “often yelled at students, argued with Korean teachers...wore indecent clothes...had weight problems...and refused to teach after school”. Anyone that has taught in Korea, and understands the dichotomy between the Korean teachers (who often beat children) and the demands or expectations placed on the foreign staff, can see where this is going. This rather disturbing trend was forecast last year when Hogwans began getting pushed out of the ESL market by the government run public school system. For anyone that doesn’t consider ESL teaching a career (read: puts 110% into their “work”) best start looking at flights to China - Korea don’t want you no more!