At the end of November the Daejeon City Journal reported that the number of native speaking hagwon instructors had significantly increased, going from 105 at the end of 2010 to, 169 at the end of 2011, to 375 foreign instructors working at 105 hagwons as of November 2012. These statistics were contradicted by E-2 visa figures for Daejeon which showed a slight increase in the number of E-2 visa holders in Daejeon, going from 818 in December 2010, to 851 in December 2011, to 860 in June 2012, to. Now, according to these statistics from the end of 2012, the E-2 numbers have actually decreased to 812 E-2 visa holders - lower than the 2010 figures. One wonders if this is due to public school cuts.
I thought of all this when I came across a Joongdo Ilbo article the other day titled "There are around 400 native speaking instructors in the Daejeon area." There are a lot more than that, but the opening sentence goes on to say that this is the total for only the public school and university instructors, not hagwon instructors. At any rate, according to the Daejeon Office of Education, there are 250 native speaking instructors in elementary, middle and high schools, 122 men and 128 women.
It also breaks down the number of native speakers working at different universities. There are 17 at Chungnam U, 37 at Hannam U, 43 at Baejae U, and 30 at Mogwon U (for a total of 127). It generally finds that most of the teachers are American, though Baejae goes against this trend with 13 Canadians, 9 Americans, 8 Chinese and 6 Japanese native speaking teachers, but only (as with most of the universities) one French and German teacher each.
It's interesting to see the decrease in E-2s in Daejeon. Does anyone know of public school cuts there?
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