The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK.

These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.

Role: Teacher – Young Learners

Pay Band - Monthly salary ₩2,493,148 ~ ₩3,123,233 depending on qualifications and experience.

Location: Seoul, Korea

Start date: February 2022

Duration: 2 years (renewable)

About British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

SBU Overview

The English and Examinations Strategic Business Unit (E&E SBU) is one of three global strategic business units in the British Council (the others being Arts and Education & Society). The purpose of the SBUs is to support the British Council in its mission of building trust in the UK around the world by sharing aspects of our education systems, governance and culture.

E&E supports this mission by helping people around the world access the life-changing education and work opportunities that are created by learning English or gaining valuable world-recognised UK qualifications. Our work in fostering knowledge of the English language also helps provide a medium for communication worldwide, helping break down barriers of misunderstanding between cultures.

British Council Korea

The opportunity to deliver high-quality and life-changing education in Korea is based on the huge demand for English from a hard-working and aspirational audience. In order to achieve our goal, British Council Korea has been operating since 1973; the Teaching Centre currently has separate centres specialised in two different age groups: Adults and Young Learners.

The Young Learners’ operation is based in three locations –

▪ a 9-classroom Young Learners branch in the historical centre of Seoul near the Seoul City Hall

▪ a 7-classroom Young Learners branch in Seocho,

▪ a 7-classroom Young Learners branch in Ilsan.

Teachers are anchored to one centre but may be requested to work across centres. We have around 3,000 Young Learners studying with us spread across all centres. Young Learner Centres in South Korea are a dynamic place to work with excellent professional development opportunities. More information about the courses we offer can be found on our homepage.

Role Purpose

To promote and ensure quality teaching and effective learning of English

To support the wider aims of British Council and its cultural relations mission

British Council Korea is recruiting an experienced, enthusiastic, dedicated Young Learner teacher to join our teaching team. We are keen to appoint staff who can demonstrate good professional skills, are willing and able to learn and develop, and are good members of a team.

The ideal candidate will be comfortable teaching multiple age groups from 4 years old to 17 years old and a wide range of levels from beginner to proficient. Experience teaching phonics and literacy is also desirable.

Main Accountabilities

Support British Council’s global English strategy by

▪ delivering teaching to the highest standards of ELT to a range of Young Learners (ages and levels)

▪ enhancing British Council’s reputation as a world authority in ELT

▪ continuing professional development and sharing of best practices

▪ ensuring teaching is engaging, relevant and appropriately challenging, and meets learner needs and expectations

▪ using a variety of resources and technologies to meet learner needs

▪ ensuring teaching meets Teaching Quality standards and organisational expectations

▪ complying with and implementing British Council policy and practice (Safeguarding, Equality Diversity & Inclusion, Data Protection…)

▪ maintaining good relationships with customers and colleagues

▪ completing administrative tasks within agreed time frames

▪ supporting the teaching centre’s activities and British Council plans


Passport requirements / Right to work in country

To obtain a teaching visa, teachers’ nationalities and university degrees must be from a native English-speaking country defined by the government of South Korea. ▪ Visas are not obtained for partners unless they are married. ▪ The British Council Korea will provide full assistance throughout the visa application process.

Language Requirements

High proficiency in English i.e. full mastery of English across all four skills equivalent to user (CEFR C2) IELTS Band 8/9 in each of 4 sections of the academic module



  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Cambridge CELTA/Trinity cert TESOL.


Cambridge DELTA/Trinity Diploma

PGCE in Primary/Secondary or equivalent


Role Specific Knowledge & Experience

2 years post-certificate i.e. CELTA/Trinity cert TESOL experience in two or more of the following age groups: Young learners aged 4 to 6 (400+ hours) Young learners aged 7 to 11 (800+ hours) Young learners aged 12 to 14 (400+ hours) Young learners aged 15 to 17 (400+ hours)

Role-specific Skills

Teaching standards (all at core level):

▪ Demonstrate subject knowledge

▪ Engage and motivate learners

▪ Create a positive and inclusive learning environment

▪ Plan and deliver coherent lessons

▪ Make use of assessment and feedback

▪ Manage teaching and learning resources

▪ Uphold professional responsibilities and values

Working With Children

  • Ability to work in a way that promotes the safety and well-being of children;
  • Effective communication and engagement with children and their families;

Knowledge and understanding of child development and its impact on learning and behaviour.

Local restrictions on employment

For immigration and registration purposes, new teachers must

▪ hold a passport from an English-speaking country as defined by Korean immigration services: UK, Ireland, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa

▪ provide an original undergraduate degree/MA certificate from one of the above-mentioned English-speaking countries

▪ obtain an apostilled / verified criminal record check from country of nationality

▪ provide requested documentation to obtain local police checks from previous countries of employment, reference checks, employment checks and qualification checks over the past 10 years.

pass a medical check-up in Korea, including an HIV and drugs test

NB. Canadian Citizens must also obtain a set of course transcripts in a sealed envelope with a university stamp on the seal.

Note that any delay in obtaining the above may result in the employment start date also being delayed.

Local law prevents the British Council from obtaining visas for unmarried partners. They will be required to enter on a three-month tourist visa and leave every three months at their personal costs.

Salary And Benefits


Monthly salary for this post is paid in Korean Won (KRW) and is within the range of ₩2,493,148 ~ ₩3,123,233 depending on qualifications and experience.

Statutory Severance Pay

In line with the Korean law, staff members will be entitled to receive the Statutory Severance Pay after completing the first year of employment. The statutory severance pay is equivalent to one month’s average wage for each year of service. This is paid in full when the staff member leaves the British Council Korea.

Income Taxes and national insurances

Teachers’ salary is subject to local income taxes at approximately around 10-15% plus local national insurance payments, all terms and conditions dependent on the relevant local national authorities, including the National Tax Service, National Pension Service, etc. Teachers must register their tax claim once a year.

Applicants who have been resident and working in the UK immediately prior to going abroad for employment, are liable for UK National Insurance Class 1 contributions for one year, and the British Council will pay the employer's contributions.

Contributions to the Korean Pension Scheme are compulsory. Both the employer and employee pay approx. 4.5%. Contributions are neither refundable nor transferable.

Fares and Travel

The British Council will pay economy class air fares from London to Seoul at the start of contract (for staff recruited from the UK) and Seoul to London at the end of the successful completion of the contract. The British Council will also pay for the same incoming and outgoing air fare for spouse, partner, and/or children recognised via the Family Certificate and Partner Declaration Form.

N.B Incoming flights apply only to teachers recruited from outside Korea.

Baggage allowance

Teachers are eligible for an accountable baggage allowance of £1,200 for single teachers; £2,000 for staff with accompanying partner and/or children.

N.B Incoming baggage allowance applies only to teachers recruited from outside Korea.

Annual leave allowance

Annual paid leave is 35 days. In addition, there are 14 public holidays per year.

Teachers take a combination of fixed leave and semi-flexible leave. Fixed leave is taken over the Christmas period and the two major Korean holidays of Seolnal and Chuseok and semi-flexible leave is taken in summer or winter.

Medical Allowance

All British Council teachers are registered with Allianz Partners, the designated British Council insurer, to receive medical cover for themselves and their dependents. The teacher is responsible for an annual deductible of £150 for everyone who makes a claim.

Settling-in allowance

Teachers are given a settling-in allowance of two weeks' salary for a single teacher and three weeks' for a teacher with a partner/ a spouse/ dependents. You will also receive up to two weeks' hotel accommodation/quarantine and subsistence on first arrival.

N.B Settling-in allowance and hotel accommodation applies only to staff recruited from outside Korea.

Accommodation allowance

The British Council will provide housing support for those with non-F type visas. For other circumstances, accommodation support may be considered at the British Council’s discretion.

Additional Information

There is no financial support provided for schooling.

You will be eligible to join the British Council International Retirement and Savings Plan (the provider for which is Zurich International) from your start date. The British Council will match any monthly contributions you make to the plan up to £150 per month (1,800 per annum). There is a £50 minimum monthly employee contribution.

The British Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all of its partners to share this commitment.

Appointment to this role is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) checks in the UK, and, where appropriate, equivalent systems overseas.

This position is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore all convictions, cautions and bind-overs, including those regarded as ‘spent’, must be declared.


Korea has managed to maintain relatively low levels of COVID 19 cases through regulated social distancing and swift tracking and tracing. British Council Korea has responded to COVID 19 by switching classes online for specific waves or cluster outbreaks.

At the time of writing, all arrivals to Korea are expected to produce a negative COVID 19 test before boarding a flight to Korea, on arrival and 14 days after arrival. All new arrivals must also quarantine for 14 days. However, the situation is constantly evolving.

Closing date and time: Sunday 12th December 2021 (23:59 IST)

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Equality , Diversity, and Inclusion(EDI) Statement

The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do. We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment. We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability. All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status. We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.

The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.

We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.

Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.

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