International Field Experience: Teaching English in South Korea
This international service-learning program gives participants the opportunity to teach English to South Korean elementary and middle school-aged children. The program is based in Jeollanam-do Province (located in the southern part of South Korea). Home to traditional Korean singing, poetry, calligraphy, and paintings, this province is beautiful and offers a glimpse into a dynamic culture.
In its 7th year, this program is founded on a unique partnership between Jeollanam-do Province in South Korea and Portland State University. Jeollanam-do Province is working to increase the English language ability of the Province’s youth and is striving to offer more opportunities for quality English education. To this end, they are seeking motivated individuals who will teach at one of several English language immersion camps this summer. The province is seeking between 15 – 20 teachers from Portland State University and offers them a rewarding professional teaching experience as well as the chance to see inside the unique culture of South Korea.
During the 5-week period, participants will gain experience in teaching English to South Korean school children. Throughout the program, participants will partner with a South Korean English teacher in the classroom for lesson delivery. The mission of this program is to introduce the school children to native English speakers and to present to them experiential/situational opportunities to use their newly enhanced English language skills. Over 2,000 students from rural communities in Korea will gather at these English language camps scattered throughout the province to interact with and learn from native English speaking instructors.
In exchange for teaching, Jeollanam-do Province will provide participants with: Round-trip airfare to/from Korea, on-site orientation & training, room & board, international teaching experience, a variety of cultural excursions, and an excellent intercultural opportunity. You will also receive a 500,000 Korean Won expense reimbursement.
Tentative Program Dates: July 17 – August 18, 2013
Program Cost: $400 Program Fee, includes the following: 4 PSU credits (INTL 404 or FL 504, on a pass/no pass basis), Orientation Program, and International Health Insurance Coverage
Relevant Academic Disciplines
Junior level standing (Bachelor’s degree holder preferred)
Major in Education or TESOL preferred
Teaching experience preferred
Native English speaker (applicants should have completed primary education in U.S. or English-speaking country)
TESOL/TEFL experience and/or certificate preferred
Cultural flexibility, creativity, and a passion for teaching
Experience working with children
No criminal records
Language Skill: None