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English Program in Korea (EPIK)


By I - Posted on 24 September 2006

The English Program in Korea (aka the EPIK Program, EPIK, or EPIK Korea) is a Korean Ministry of Education sponsored program that places native speakers of English in public schools throughout Korea to (theoretically) teach English alongside Korean English teachers.

Established in 1995 under the name KORETTA, EPIK was created to improve the English speaking ability of students and teachers in Korea, to foster international exchanges, and to reform teaching methodologies employed in Korean schools.

Basic requirements for the program include being a citizen of one of the six English speaking countries designated by the program and holding at least a Bachelor's degree. Click here for more info on EPIK requirements.
Salaries range from 1.8 million - 2.9 million won depending on qualifications, which province you teach in, and how long you have been with the program.

Be sure to check out our EPIK Forum to hear what EPIKers say about the program.

maricel pabuya's picture

Are Filipino teachers welcome to teach as ESL teachers?

Anonymous's picture

I wonder too, because I know a lot of people from the Philippines who have excellent English

Teach Korea's picture

While it's definitely true that many people from the Philippines speak fluent English, that is unfortunately not the perception in Korea. Most Korean schools and private academies will only hire teachers who were born and raised in one of the "Big 6" English-speaking countries:

Australia
USA
Canada
UK
New Zealand
South Africa

Anonymous's picture

It's actually the big "Seven", you forgot Ireland

Anonymous's picture

How about Jamaica? Japan takes Jamaicans as well since they're native speakers.

Anonymous's picture

Ireland?

Anonymous's picture

Ireland is apart of UK.

Anonymous's picture

No it's not. Northern Ireland is, THE REPUBLIC OF ireland is not.

Anonymous's picture

Actually "apart" is the correct word to describe the relationship between Ireland and the UK. It is not a part of the UK, though :)

Anony mous's picture

MANY people from the Philippines speak fluent english??? English is the main language spoken in the Philippines. Tagalog is second. Koreans do not want them to teach as they view them as barely second class, and not suitable to teach them. They speak english with an American accent, which is what is desired in Korea. Unfortunately, their racist views hold them back once again.
MANY people from the Philippines speak fluent english??? English is the main language spoken in the Philippines. Tagalog is second. Koreans do not want them to teach as they view them as barely second class, and not suitable to teach them. They speak english with an American accent, which is what is desired in Korea. Unfortunately, their racist views hold them back once again.
Lived in Korea for 20+ years, and taught english there, I know.

Anonymous's picture

Is Korea is part of Japan?

Anonymous's picture

definitely not.. it was just invaded by japan. North and south were both bordered.

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