Teaching English In Korea – The British Council

Teaching English In Korea – The British Council

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The British Council – Seoul Korea:

We’re immediately hiring Young Learner ESL instructors to work at our 3 Seoul branches. You will be paid hourly.

We offer 1 year teaching contracts working 12 hours per week.

The teaching salary is 40,000-48,500 KRW hourly based on your qualifications.

Required Hours: 12 hours per week (negotiable)
Salary information: KRW 40,000 – 48,500 per hour according to teacher qualification / experience

English classes are from 1:00 pm until 7:40 pm Monday to Friday.

On Saturday and Sundays classes run from 9:30 in the morning until 6:45 pm.

Classes are 1.5 hours in duration.

We have three teaching locations:

One is near Seoul City Hall, and the other two branches are in Mokdong and Seocho.

Each school has 7 classrooms dedicated for teaching young learners.

In total 2, 300 young learners are attending our three academies.

Students British Council KOrea


We do not sponsor visas to work in Korea. We prefer to hire F visa holders only. F-2,F-4,F-5,F-6

You must have a Bachelor’s degree from a country in which English is the official first language.

You’ll need a teaching certificate in Cambridge CELTA / Trinity CertTESOL or similar. You should have teaching experience as part of the learning practicum.

Minimum of two years of teaching experience especially with children’s classes.

If you are not a native speaker of English you must demonstrate proficiency in English equivalent to a CEFR C2 (4 skills) and IELTS Band 8/9 in all four components of this academic module.

You must have a police check from your home country to submit with your application.

Teaching Skills
Ability to manage a classroom of young students
Course and lesson planning skills
Knowledge of subjects.
Familiarity of young students’ needs
Capable to work with educational technology
Good communication skills with children and their parents.
Child development knowledge and how it impacts learning and behaviours.
Promotion of children’s safety

To apply, send your resume to recruitment@britishcouncil.or.kr

Please reference the type of visa you have and expiry date
Teaching certificates held. For example, CELTA/Cert TESOL
Where you’re currently working/teaching

Only the most qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.

About the British Council Korea

Watch this video below about The British Council Korea.

You’ll hear from the school director, see the classrooms, the students, and get a feel for the classroom activities and teaching environment.

Teacher Reviews


  • Pay is good at Seoul branches. Lot’s over overtime. Up to 830,000 housing allowance per month, flight, health insurance, etc.
  • Having the British Council as an employer looks good on your teaching resume
  • Lot’s of time off if needed.
  • Good school locations in Seoul for transportation and amenities


  • If you teach adults you’ll start classes at 7:00 am which makes for a very early wake up time.
  • Children’s textbooks are sometimes not set to the right level of the students.
  • Schedule teaching adults can be gruelling. 6:30 am starts and 10 pm finished (split shifts)
  • Many teachers break contracts because they can’t handle the split shifts

Meet some of the teachers at The British Council Korea

Meet Teachers in Korea with the British Council

Here are 26 employees (past and present teachers, managers and staff) listed at the British Council Korea on Linkedin (need a LinkedIn account if you wish to connect with them)

LinkedIn Profiles British Council Korea

More About the British Council

Here’s the link to the British Council website

Find The British Council Korea on Facebook

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Here’s the YouTube Channel for the British Council Korea

Here’s a Google Map to their branch in Seoul Korea as well as some school photos inside and outside the school (street view)

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Some of the materials in the curriculum were not geared to the English level of the young learners...

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They pay well. Lot's of overtime available (if you want it). Decent housing allowance and benefits.

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