Language instructors highlight job insecurity, exploitation
Kim, a Korean language teacher in her 40s at the Seoul National University Language Education Institute (SNULEI), has worked there for nine years on a series of temporary contracts. Kim and dozens of other instructors who have taught Korean language programmes at SNULEI for many years – to around 3,200 foreign students annually – must renew their contracts with the university every six months and are not allowed to hold part-time teaching posts elsewhere.
Kim says the instructors have been edged recently toward even greater financial insecurity, as universities increasingly limit their weekly teaching hours to sidestep new regulations that force education institutions to switch temporary instructors who teach more than nine hours a week to permanent staff – coming into force in August.
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