Who We Are

KOTESOL: Korea Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages is a professional organization for teachers of English. Our main goals are to assist members in their self-development, and improve ELT in Korea. KOTESOL allows teachers to connect with others in the ELT community and find teaching resources in Korea and abroad through KOTESOL publications, conferences and symposia, and chapter meetings and workshops.

Our name in Korean is 대한영어교육학회 [daehan yeongeo gyoyuk hakhoe].

Korea TESOL (KOTESOL) was established in October 1992, when the Association of English Teachers in Korea (AETK) joined with the Korea Association of Teachers of English (KATE). As stated under "Purpose" in the Constitution of the organization, "KOTESOL is a not-for-profit organization established to promote scholarship, disseminate information, and facilitate cross-cultural understanding among persons concerned with the teaching and learning of English in Korea. In pursuing these goals, KOTESOL shall cooperate in appropriate ways with other groups having similar concerns." (Read more about KOTESOL's Constitution & Bylaws and National Council & Committees.)

KOTESOL is an independent national Affiliate of TESOL International Association as well as an Associate member of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL). As a founding member of the Pan Asia Consortium (PAC), KOTESOL is a PAC partner with the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT), Thailand TESOL (ThaiTESOL), English Teachers' Association of the Republic of China (ETA-ROC), the Far Eastern English Language Teachers Association (FEELTA) of Russia, and the Philippine Association for Language Teaching, Inc (PALT). KOTESOL also has partnership agreements with numerous Korea-based ELT associations, as well as with the Australian Council of  TESOL Associations (ACTA). For more information about our affiliates click here.

All English teachers, regardless of level or nationality, are invited to join KOTESOL. The membership of KOTESOL includes elementary school, secondary school, and university English teachers and professors, as well as ELT teachers-in-training, administrators, researchers, materials writers, curriculum developers, and other interested persons. Approximately 30% of our members are Korean. KOTESOL has regional chapters serving Seoul, Suwon (Gyeonggi), Yongin (Gyeonggi), Daejeon-Chungcheong, Daegu-Gyeongbuk, Busan-Gyeongnam, Gwangju-Jeonnam, Jeonju-North Jeolla, Gangwon, and Jeju. Members of KOTESOL are from all points of Korea and the globe, thus providing KOTESOL members the benefits of a multicultural membership. Furthermore, KOTESOL stands with TESOL International, IATEFL, JALT, TESOL France, and countless other international ELT organizations in advocating equity; the National Council has adopted TESOL International's Position Statement Against Discrimination of Nonnative Speakers of English in the Field of TESOL.

Please note: KOTESOL does not vet, qualify or comment on schools, employers or other organizations, VISA status and requirements or intercede with employers.

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