How does one recruit a reputable native speaking instructor?So the "head of [a] native speaking instructor recruiting company" suggested using a recruiter (to "thoroughly prevent the harm caused by illegal native speaking instructors") - imagine that.
With the strengthening of public English education and with conversation increasingly becoming more important than grammar, it's now true that the hiring of native speaking teachers by hagwons and schools has become a trend.
However, due to the problem of illegal native speaking teachers, finding reputable native speaking teachers is becoming increasingly difficult. If you want to hire reputable native speaking instructors, the best way is to do so through a recruiting company which complies with the Ministry of Justice's improved visa system.
Currently, the E-2 visa system has in-depth verification, which examines criminal records, health certificates, and includes consular interviews. Also, after entering the country, it is verified in a systematic and reliable way via a blood test whether drugs have been taken. Therefore, in order to hire a reputable native speaking instructor, it can be safest to hire one through a recruiting agency which has received permission from the government to be a legal, fee-charging employment service.
Lee Tae-u, head of the native speaking instructor recruiting company Job and Consulting (www.jobnco.com), advised, "Currently it's estimated that there are 25,000 native speaking instructors staying in Korea, and if you go through an agency which complies with legal employment procedures when it comes time to choose an native speaking instructor, you can thoroughly prevent the harm caused by illegal native speaking instructors.
It's interesting that the discussion in this KBS piece about problematic language applied to foreigners certainly applies here. For example, what is an "illegal teacher?" Is it someone teaching on a tourist visa? Someone on an E-2 visa teaching privates? A teacher on an E-2 visa who has committed a crime? Someone on an F visa who teaches English who has committed a crime? It's a very vague term, one that is apparently useful for recruiters.
It's also fascinating that "finding reputable native speaking teachers is becoming increasingly difficult" despite the fact that immigration now has in place an "in-depth verification" system. If "the best way is to [go] through a recruiting company which complies with the Ministry of Justice's improved visa system," that suggests that there is a way to hire native speaking teachers which does not comply with Ministry of Justice regulations, which is simply not true - unless someone on an F visa is hired to work in a hagwon, in which case criminal record checks and drug and HIV tests are not required. Of course, as usual, that is not what is being talked about here - it's the E-2 visa, which, though it now features "in-depth verification" (as well as being the only visa officially subject to HIV tests), will certainly be the target of calls for "improvement" the next time the media focuses on a crime by an English teacher - whatever their visa might happen to be.
I forgot to mention that the listing for this article on Naver had a picture of a white woman next to it (which is absent in the actual article). Is the insinuation that a 'reputable' teacher should be female?