Tuesday, May 20, 2008

My School

Here is the letter describing my school that I received from the vice-director of my school:

Downtown Seoul - In the heart of the city, SLP Seongdong

I am glad to briefly introduce your prospective workplace.

Sogang Language Program (SLP) was founded by Sogang University. SLP has an established ESL curriculum developed by Sogang University, one of the most prestigious universities in Seoul, South Korea.
There are 52 SLP branches in Korea. SLP Seongdong is finishing its fifth successful year in education business and is looking forward to a bright future.

SLP Seongdong is located near Wangsimli subway station, located 15 minutes away from the Seoul Metropolitan City Hall. Wangsimli is a prospering area, with 3 subway lines intercepting here.
There are many stores and shops in the area. SLP Seongdong is located within the downtown core of Seoul and is only 5 subway stops from Seoul City Hall. We are also located close to the Cheon-gye-cheon River as well as Seoul Forest, a beautiful park any time of year.

There are no classes on Saturday and Sunday and national holidays.
SLP Seongdong includes one year renewable contract,
workload of 28 teaching hours per week, furnished single studio apartment with airconditioner, E2 visa (work visa) sponsorship and airfare, medical insurance, national pension and upon completion of the contract there is one month salary bonus.

The holidays are set by the SLP headquarters. The paid vacations in 2008 are 26th July to 3rd August in Summer and 25th December to 1st January in Winter. Seongdong SLP also recognizes all Korean National holidays.

SLP Seongdong has all the necessary materials for teaching and maintaining a high standard of education for children. We also have a standardized testing and grading system which makes testing students efficient and easy for the teachers.

We currently have 11 foreign teachers and 14 Korean partners with 7 supporting staffs. The foreign teachers come from all over America and Canada, ranging in age from 23 to 32 years old.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by email.


Sikyoung Kim
Vice Director of SLP Seongdong, Seoul, Korea

An interesting side note that I learned during my interview was that my school only hires American and Canadian teachers. Evidently our accent is seen as superior to Australian or even British English? I don't really understand why. But that's just what they tell me.

I highlighted the subway station Wangsimli, its at the intersection of the purple, blue and green lines. Incidentally, doesn't the metro system look slightly intimidating? It looks enormous to me.


  1. Hey, I just found your blog and started following! I am going to teach in Seoul on Monday. I am so excited! Reading about others' experiences is helping me to pass the time until I leave. I am actually going to be living at the Wansimni subway station. I look forward to reading the rest of your blog. :)

  2. That's great. Wangsimni is the best place to live (in my humble, biased opinion). It's on the intersection of 3 subway lines and it's really close to downtown!