Is it necessary to learn Korean to teach English in South Korea? This is a question that I have heard a lot from potential teachers. The answer is no. You need absolutely zero language skills to be an English teacher in South Korea. In fact, in many private schools, Korean is banned in the classroom – unless you have a (Korean) co-teacher in the class with you – because it encourages the students to speak in English (and most foreign teachers don’t speak any Korean).
Despite it not being necessary, learning Korean is incredibly useful if you want to live in the country. Many older Koreans do not speak any English and your day to day life, from shopping to eating out, and even teaching, can be made so much easier if you know some of the language.
In general, I found Koreans to be very receptive to foreigners trying to learn their language. There are a million different ways to learn, but if you want a nice introduction to the Korean language with simple videos, take a look at the Beeline language program. You can try it out for free and see what you think, so you have nothing to lose.
Other useful links:
- The Quickest and Most Efficient Way to Learn a Language
- Apply for a job teaching English in South Korea
- Teaching English in South Korea
- FAQs about teaching English in South Korea
Disclaimer: I work with this company and will receive a percentage of each course sale. I tested the course and decided that I liked the way of teaching before putting this link on my website. If you have any issues with the course, please let me know.
Beeline has a pretty good free blog with lots of Korean language tips as well. A good way to check out the style of teaching before subscribing.