The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply. – Author Unknown
This topic is primarily for Korean and non-native English individuals or groups that are unsure of what they should be mindful of when searching for a certified and
experienced English (영어) tutor (가정 교사) in Korea, as well as, information for those that are either teaching English as a second language (#ESL) and/or are considering private tutoring. *I am also trying to use simple (layman's terms) English vocabulary for this particular blog entry topic, as much as possible.
First of all please beware that one of the reason for writing about this topic is that I want to educate both parties (teachers and students) about the possibly legal implications or problems that may incur. I've been very surprised, working as LEGAL English tutor, that many Koreans are unaware that they are supporting ILLEGAL tutoring. My goal is to possibly help both foreigners from being arrested, fined, and deported as well as for Koreans to be more informed about the types of individuals that are able to work as private English tutors.
Lastly, if you are are considering seeking a private 1:1 English tutor, the system and method is not complicated but simple, BUT, there are a few questions and signs that you need to look for or ask about before committing to a paying for private English tutoring.
Another American national had no work permit and had overstated in the country, while the remaining four foreigners had passports and work permits, but they breached work conditions, said authorities. They included the Canadian man, who served as the firm’s manager, one American, an Australian national and one Philippine national."
Websites that list Korean visas issued by the Korean Immigration:
Korean Immigration Bureau
Korea for Expats
Wikipedia List of South Korean Visas
Website that describe the consequences of ILLEGAL Private Tutoring (*English or any Language):
Private Tutoring in Korea 101
English Teachers on E2 Visa are NOT allowed to Private Tutor
Wikia Korea Private ESL Tutoring
1) STOP THIS IMMEDIATELY
2) END ALL COMMUNICATION AND LESSONS
3) IF IT CONTINUES, CONTACT THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY
Besides, potential sexual harassment or inappropriate touching, there can also be inappropriate questions (sexual or asking personal information, such as where you live or work exactly). You need to always trust your inner-feeling. If you ever feel uncomfortable with your private English tutor, discuss this with them, and if it continues stop lessons with them right away. There are plenty of certified and qualified English tutors in Korea that are both legal to work as private English tutors and professional through being respectful.
Good Teaching: The Top Ten Requirements
WikiBooks: Foundations of Education