A nice gentleman commented on the post about “Will Foreign Teachers Become Civil Servants?” His comment was:
“Hello, not sure how I came across your blog, but found this to be interesting. Also, what are your thoughts on people that are certified teachers in their own country but are here in Korea teaching English? My fiancee and I are both certified teachers(Canada and US). I have not seen the information you wrote about, but was anyting ever mentioned about foreign teachers with those qualifications? I might have to add this to my list of things to read every week. Thanks.”
While this isn’t anything revolutionary or that profound, I very much like the thought of certified teachers from other countries teaching English here in South Korea. Actually, I’m staunch supporters of getting more teachers from Canada, England or say the U.S.A. who are certified teaching here. I wish there were more.
Too long, the focus on “just gaining an international experience” or traveling around the world at the expense of the Koreans in my opinion, I say. If the goal is to seriously travel, at least taking the job seriously while here is key. I don’t know if we, including me (on a daily basis, that is), do that as foreigners. The Koreans pay serious money for their kids to improve their English capabilities. I think real teachers are definitely a great thing for this country.