News & Stories/2020

Ben's TEFL Experience in South Korea

We caught up with another UK-TEFL graduate this week! Ben took a course this time last year and is already enjoying his new career and life in South Korea.

Ben currently teaches both students and teachers in the school where he’s based, showing just how diverse TEFL really is! English is known as a ‘Global Language’, meaning that the demand for EFL teachers is high in a lot of non-English speaking countries. It isn’t just school children that want to learn English, but adults as well!

Have a read of Ben’s experience below.

How would you rate your course?

Very Good

What drew you to taking a UK-TEFL course? 

I was working at the time as a history teacher in a state school but was interested in travelling and experiencing the world. I realised that TEFL was the vehicle that would enable me to do this. I understood that TEFL required a unique set of skills quite different to those used in a normal native speakers’ classroom. Therefore, I wanted to gain an introduction to the skills needed for TEFL and also to meet like-minded individuals.

Tell us what you are doing now. Can you describe a typical day as an EFL teacher? 

I am currently teaching 3rd-5th grade students at an elementary school in Ulsan, South Korea as part of the EPIK programme. I typically teach four classes a day, all of a forty minute duration. I work closely with my Korean co-teacher to plan insightful, suitable and exciting lessons for the students. We play a lot of games and activities with the students. I also teach conversational English to the teaching staff, through discussing current world affairs and the culture of the UK.

What is your favourite part of Teaching English as a Foreign Language?

The cultural exchange that takes place between myself, my colleagues, my students and all those that live in my community. I have made life long friends and forged life long memories.

Why did you choose your teaching location? What is your favourite thing about living there?

The EPIK programme is a government sponsored programme so it offers a certain element of job security which private educational institutions don't offer. It also pays quite a lot more than other locations in Asia. South Korea is a great location and enables me to visit other countries on my vacation, such as China and Japan.

What are your future plans?

To teach EFL in some other continents with a view to returning back to the UK to work as an EFL teacher.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to Teach English as a Foreign Language?

Research the different places in the world where you can teach and what qualifications they demand. Gain a good TEFL qualification to enable you to get an EFL position abroad. 

Would you recommend taking a UK-TEFL Course?


Is Ben’s experience inspiring you to gain your TEFL qualification? The sooner you become TEFL qualified, the sooner you can start to live your travelling dreams!

Sign up for our 120 hour Online TEFL Course or 2 day Standard Course (or both with our Basics Package) today and it could be you living and teaching abroad within the next few months!

Once you have passed one of our TEFL courses, you will gain access to our UK-TEFL Jobs Service, meaning you will be able to apply for the jobs listed on our website and have access to a list of contacts from schools all around the world! As well as this, you will get a FREE Finding Work Guide and CV MOT.

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