ONLYOU Korean Teachers

Highly Qualified Korean Teachers

ONLYOU Korean Teachers

Highly Qualified Korean Teachers

Korean Teacher License

from the Korean Government

Professionally Trained

to teach Korean as a foreign language

Good Command of English

we can speak Singlish too!

A Member of the Korean Society of Bilingualism and International Association for Korean Language Education

Hi, I'm
Teacher May!

박한별 선생님

Korean Teachers- May profile

HOW DID YOU GET INTO KOREAN LANGUAGE TEACHING?

I made some foreign friends online to help me learn English when I was in university. They would sometimes ask me questions about the Korean language. And I, a native Korean speaker, found myself unable to respond to either. Since then, I’ve been interested in teaching Korean to non-native speakers.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A KOREAN TEACHER IN SINGAPORE?

I worked in a government office after graduating from university. Back then, working there was a ‘job’ in every sense of the word. I wanted to escape the treadmill and do something I enjoy. “If you do what you love, you will never have to work a day in your life.” This quote encouraged me to fulfill my long-held ambition of becoming a Korean language teacher.

But why Singapore? Singapore was the country that I traveled to when I was going through a rough patch in the past, and the trip gave me a lot of energy. This was where I wanted to pursue my new career.

WHAT MAKES YOUR CLASS UNIQUE?

In my classes, I use what students are interested in or familiar with. When I watch a K-drama or a K-show, I still try to find video clips that I can use in class (it’s almost an occupational disease! haha). I sometimes use Singlish or Chinese that I learned to make it easier for students to understand. I enjoy seeing my students’ wide eyes, and I strive to make that moment as much as possible.

WHAT DO YOU WANT STUDENTS TO LEAVE YOUR CLASS FEELING?

I want my students to leave my class with a lot of exclamation marks instead of question marks. I want a class to be filled with laughter rather than stress, and with confidence rather than worry.

WHAT IS YOUR INTEREST OTHER THAN TEACHING KOREAN?

I enjoy reading nonfiction books as well as the most recent study on Korean language education. I also enjoy drawing and watching dramas in my free time.

FIVE ADJECTIVES TO DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE?

Warm, straightforward, engaging, approachable, and diverse.

Publications

  • Park, Hanbyul (2019). A Study on the Effects of a Korean Course for Hobby Purposes Using the Korean Wave Contents and Smartphones: Focusing on Korean Learners in Singapore. The Language and Culture, 15(2), 83-108.

  • Park, Hanbyul (2018). A Study on Remotivating Factors in Learning Korean: Focusing on Korean as a Foreign Language (KFL) Learners in Singapore. The Language and Culture, 14(4), 113-142.

Education

  • M.A. in Korean Studies (specialised in Korean as a foreign language) - Kyung Hee Cyber University (Seoul, Korea)

  • B.A. in Philosophy - Chung-Ang University (Seoul, Korea)

  • Korean Language Teachers Training Program - Seoul National University (Seoul, Korea)

Qualifications

  • Korean Language Teacher’s Licence (Ministy of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korea)

  • Completion in Korean Language Teachers Training Program (Seoul National University, Korea)

  • Teaching Philosophy in Secondary School (Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Korea)

Teaching Experience

  • Head teacher at ONLYOU Korean Language School (Singapore)
  • Former Korean teacher at Online King Sejong institute (Seoul, Korea)
  • Former Korean teacher at Samsung Asia (Singapore)
  • Former Korean teacher at Ara Korean Language School (Singapore)
  • Former Korean teacher at The School of Global Sarang (Seoul, Korea)
  • Former assistant Korean tutor at Seoul National University (Seoul, Korea)
  • Former Korean teacher at Selko Korean Language Laboratory (Seoul, Korea)

Hi, I'm
Teacher Yuri!

김유리 선생님

Korean Teachers- Yuri profile

HOW DID YOU GET INTO KOREAN LANGUAGE TEACHING?

When I started living abroad ten years ago, I noticed that many people were interested in Korean culture and our language. As I met more foreigners, I found it intriguing as a native Korean to help them learn about Korea and began to study teaching the Korean language.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A KOREAN TEACHER IN SINGAPORE?

After living in Hong Kong for six years, I moved to Singapore in 2015 with my family, as my husband found a new job in Singapore. My family enjoys living in Singapore and we consider this to be our home for a very long time. Given our plans to stay here, I wanted to find a job for myself and found myself enjoying teaching Korean, sharing Korean culture, and meeting students who want to know more about Korea.

WHAT MAKES YOUR CLASS UNIQUE?

I try to teach my students not just the Korean language but various aspects of Korean culture. I introduce them to the experiences I had growing up in Korea and try to get to know them well during my classes. I consider the verbal practice to be extremely important and encourage my students to speak out loud themselves as much as possible during my classes.

WHAT DO YOU WANT STUDENTS TO LEAVE YOUR CLASS FEELING?

I strive to provide a welcoming and friendly environment in my classroom and hope that the weekly classes are something they all look forward to. I find that an enthusiastic attitude towards classes also creates the most effective results. I always try to be approachable and someone that is easy to communicate with and ask questions to.

WHAT IS YOUR INTEREST OTHER THAN TEACHING KOREAN?

Spending time with my family and golden retriever, playing tennis, and watching K-dramas. 

FIVE ADJECTIVES TO DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE?

Interesting, engaging, encouraging, friendly, and approachable

Education

  • Korean Language Teachers Training Program - Seoul National University Extension College (Seoul, Korea)

  • TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language, attended) - Canadian Education College (Singapore)

  • B.A in Journalism - Ewha Womans University (Seoul, Korea)

Qualifications

  • Completion in Korean Language Teachers Training Program (Seoul National University Extension College, Korea)

Teaching Experience

  • Korean teacher at ONLYOU Korean Language School (Singapore)
  • Assistant Korean teacher at ONLYOU Korean Language School (Singapore)
  • Former Korean teacher at iSpeak Korean Language School (Singapore)

Hi, I'm
Teacher Ayoung!

허아영 선생님

Korean Teachers - Ayoung profile

HOW DID YOU GET INTO KOREAN LANGUAGE TEACHING?

Since my youth, I have always been deeply interested in languages and cultures from all over the world. Hence, I decided to major in linguistics. Teaching Korean as a foreign language was part of my curriculum and thus it paved the path for me to pursue a career as a Korean teacher.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A KOREAN TEACHER IN SINGAPORE?

After working for Silk Air (Singapore Airlines) in Singapore a few years ago, I fell in love with this city and its people to the point where I moved to Singapore and married a Singaporean. In my second home, I wanted to make use of my major and do something I like, which is language and culture. It’s a fantastic opportunity to teach Korean to the locals. 🙂

WHAT MAKES YOUR CLASS UNIQUE?

I am a very approachable person and I always have a good rapport with my students. I strive to provide an enjoyable and comfortable learning environment where they can practice and learn with confidence. 

WHAT DO YOU WANT STUDENTS TO LEAVE YOUR CLASS FEELING?

I want my students to enjoy my class and leave having gained the confidence and knowledge to master the Korean language. 

WHAT IS YOUR INTEREST OTHER THAN TEACHING KOREAN?

During my free time, I like to cycle, play tennis, and check out new cafes in Singapore. 

FIVE ADJECTIVES TO DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE?

Approachable, engaging, friendly, fun, and interactive

Education

  • B.A in Teaching Korean as a foreign language (Seoul, Korea)

  • TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language, attended) - York University (Toronto, Canada)

  • B.A in Linguistics - Pusan National University (Busan, Korea)

Qualifications

  • Korean Language Teacher's License (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korea)

  • TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) - KAFL(Korea Association of Foreign Language)

Teaching Experience

  • Korean teacher at ONLYOU Korean Language School (Singapore)
  • Assistant Korean teacher at ONLYOU Korean Language School (Singapore)
  • Former Korean Lecturer at Crescendo International College (Malaysia)

Hi, I'm
Teacher Hyojin!

정효진 선생님

Korean Teachers - Hyojin profile

HOW DID YOU GET INTO KOREAN LANGUAGE TEACHING?

During my study of Korean Language and Literature, I was attracted to the linguistic aspect of Korean, but I was unsure where best to apply my knowledge. This changed in my final year of university when I discovered that Korean Education was a promising field in the Department. I didn’t know then that the study of the Korean language would become so widespread, but I know now that I am glad to be a Korean teacher.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A KOREAN TEACHER IN SINGAPORE?

Why not? 🙂 I’ve always considered Singapore to be a good place for travel, work or study. Living in Seoul, I’ve heard and read lots of lovely things about the country.
Thanks to ONLYOU Korean Language School, I have a chance to teach students in Singapore remotely, and I look forward to building a connection between our two countries.

WHAT MAKES YOUR CLASS UNIQUE?

I offer a range of engaging cultural context alongside precise study of the language at all levels. At the same time, I strive to create the safest and most inspiring atmosphere for my students to satisfy their curiosity. I always welcome my students into my life, and some of them became my friends too.

WHAT DO YOU WANT STUDENTS TO LEAVE YOUR CLASS FEELING?

I hope the students leave my class knowing it was worth their time, perhaps with a piece of interesting knowledge to share with their friends as an added bonus!

WHAT IS YOUR INTEREST OTHER THAN TEACHING KOREAN?

I enjoy watching Korean entertainment shows, as a genre “variety show” while knitting/crocheting next to my cat. I also like to stroll in nature.

FIVE ADJECTIVES TO DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE?

Motivating, attentive, flexible, welcoming, and fun

Education

  • Ph.d. Candidate in Korean Studies, Graduate School of International and Area Studies (GSIAS), Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) (Seoul, Korea)

  • M.A. in Korean Language and Literature, Yonsei Graduate School (Seoul, Korea)

  • B.A. in Korean Language and Literature, Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea)

Qualifications

  • Korean Language Teacher’s License (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korea)

Teaching Experience

  • Korean teacher at ONLYOU Korean Language School (Singapore)
  • Former Korean Language Instructor/Tutor at Sisa Academy (Seoul, Korea)
  • Former Korean Instructor at Sung Kyun Kwan University Korean Language Center (Seoul, Korea)
  • Former Korean Instructor at Namseoul University, Namseoul Institute for International education (Cheonan, Korea)
  • Former Korean Language Assistant at Wellesley College (Massachusetts, U.S.A)
  • Former Korean Language Instructor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts, U.S.A.)

Hi, I'm
Teacher Jang Mi!

장미 선생님

Korean Teachers - Jang Mi profile

HOW DID YOU GET INTO KOREAN LANGUAGE TEACHING?

I had an opportunity to teach Korean and Korean culture while volunteering as an interpreter in Indonesia. In my class, I witnessed students’ passion for learning the Korean language and culture, and that’s when I decided to become a Korean teacher.
However, I didn’t think that I was prepared to be a Korean teacher. I enrolled in a Korean language training course to professionally train myself and acquire the certificate.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A KOREAN TEACHER IN SINGAPORE?

I traveled to Singapore on vacation When I was teaching Korean at the University of Vietnam. Singapore has always been a good memory for me, like Singapore’s clear air, clean streets and kind people. In the meantime, I saw the job opening of the ONLYOU Korean Language School and applied immediately.

I have taught students from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds, including Indonesians, Vietnamese, East Timorese, and Bangladeshis. However, the desire to learn Korean and the initiative to do so were the same. I’m also convinced that Singaporeans will be as enthusiastic about studying Korean! As a result, I decided to teach Singaporeans in Korean.

WHAT MAKES YOUR CLASS UNIQUE?

I can see myself from the perspective of students. I would recall how I used to feel when studying foreign languages as a student, and pay more attention when I conduct my classes. For instance, I listen to my students attentively, try not to speak too fast, and encourage them to have confidence. also prepare for easy-to-understand classes and create a comfortable and friendly classroom environment for students to actively engage in the class.

WHAT DO YOU WANT STUDENTS TO LEAVE YOUR CLASS FEELING?

I strive to make each class lively and interesting for the students. I’m hoping that students will enjoy the class and will be able to say at the end of it, “Today’s class was also fun.”

WHAT IS YOUR INTEREST OTHER THAN TEACHING KOREAN?

I love exercising, especially hiking, and traveling all around the world!

FIVE ADJECTIVES TO DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE?

Friendly, enthusiastic, various, interacting, and joyful

Education

  • M.A in Global Korean Studies (specialised in Korean as a foreign language) - Graduate School Of Kyunghee Cyber University

  • B.A in Computer Science Engineering - Anyang University

Qualifications

  • Korean Language Teacher's License (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korea)

  • Korean Language Teachers Training Program (EK Korean Language Teacher Remote Lifelong Education Centre, Korea)

Teaching Experience

  • Korean teacher at ONLYOU Korean Language School (Singapore)
  • Former Korean teacher at Online King Sejong institute (Seoul, Korea)
  • Former Korean teacher at King Sejong Institute (Hochiminh, Vietnam)
  • Former Korean language education instructor at Korea International Cooperation Agency(KOICA) (Gangwon-do, Korea)
  • Former Korean teacher at Thai Nguyen local broadcasting station (Thai Nguyen, Vietnam)
  • Former Korean lecturer at Thai Nuguyrn University (Thai Nguyen, Vietnam)
  • Former Korean culture class teacher at Samlatulagi University (World Friends IT) ( Manado, Indonesia)

Hi, I'm
Teacher Jihyun!

김지현 선생님

Korean Teachers - Jihyun profile

HOW DID YOU GET INTO KOREAN LANGUAGE TEACHING?

While learning a foreign language, I faced numerous challenges and made many mistakes. On the other hand, I was curious about the challenges that foreigners face when studying Korean. I also wanted to understand the differences between the foreign language I was learning and the Korean language.
Realising that I needed specialised knowledge to know this, I went to graduate school and I have been teaching Korean ever since.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A KOREAN TEACHER IN SINGAPORE?

I have taught Korean to Thai, Malaysian, Japanese, and international students in Korea. Teaching students who are learning Korean for different purposes has given me an opportunity to develop myself as a teacher.
I also met a number of students, whose positive and enthusiastic energy had a significant influence on me. Singapore is a country I have never visited. However, here at ONLYOU, I would like to get another opportunity to develop myself as a teacher by interacting with Singaporean students.

WHAT MAKES YOUR CLASS UNIQUE?

I understand what students struggle with when learning Korean. No one can speak and understand a foreign language fluently from the start. Students are not native, so there is no need to be embarrassed when they make a mistake. I do my best to provide as many opportunities for students to use Korean as possible. For instance, i continue to expose students to the Korean language in several ways as possible, often through Korean dramas and songs that are relevant to their interests.

WHAT DO YOU WANT STUDENTS TO LEAVE YOUR CLASS FEELING?

Above all, I want my students to enjoy my classes while also believing that it is worthwhile for them to invest their time to my lessons. I also hope that my lessons will help students learn what they want to learn.

WHAT IS YOUR INTEREST OTHER THAN TEACHING KOREAN?

I value spending time with my family, so I try to do so at least once a week. I also spend time for myself to relax by listening to music or reading a book.

FIVE ADJECTIVES TO DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE?

Useful, approachable, comfortable, friendly, and interactive

Education

  • M.A in Teaching Korean as a foreign language – Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Graduate school of Education University

  • B.A in Japanese Language and Literature – Dongguk University (Gyeongju)

Qualifications

  • Korean Language Teacher's License – Ministry of Culture Sports and Tourism, Korea

  • Secondary School Japanese Teacher's License – Dongguk University

Teaching Experience

  • Korean teacher at ONLYOU Korean Language School (Singapore)
  • Former Korean teacher at Sekolah Menengah Sains Selangor, Malaysia
  • Former Korean teacher at Induk University Global cooperative Exchange Institute, Korea
  • Former Korean lecturer at Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, Thailand
  • Former Korean teacher at WECA (Geumgang School, Seoul, Korea)
  • Former Volunteer Korean teacher at Seondong Global Migrant center, Seoul, Korea

Hi, I'm
Teacher Sunghee!

김성희 선생님

Korean Teachers - Sunghee profile

HOW DID YOU GET INTO KOREAN LANGUAGE TEACHING?

While I moved to Singapore and settled down here, I communicated with local friends and learned English from them. I also taught them a few Korean words. Then I thought it would be worthwhile to study professional Korean teaching and pass on my knowledge to more international friends. As such, I got a professional education with a certificate and a degree to become a Korean teacher.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A KOREAN TEACHER IN SINGAPORE?

Because of my husband’s job, I relocated to Singapore and have been here ever since. In the meantime, I made some wonderful Singaporean friends and noticed that they had a great interest in the Korean language and culture. That’s when I decided to be a Korean teacher to arouse their interest in Korea and their passion for learning the Korean language.

WHAT MAKES YOUR CLASS UNIQUE?

As I have lived in Korea for a long time and currently live in Singapore, I have a strong grasp of both cultures and am aware of the differences between the two. Not only that, I am an approachable person. Students will feel at ease in class and think of me as a kind neighbour who can always answer any questions that they may have.

WHAT DO YOU WANT STUDENTS TO LEAVE YOUR CLASS FEELING?

I would be delighted if my students considered my classes as fun and worthwhile experiences that they would proudly recommend to their friends.

WHAT IS YOUR INTEREST OTHER THAN TEACHING KOREAN?

I enjoy K-dramas, and I’m also curious about K-fashion. I enjoy exploring good restaurants in Singapore as well.

FIVE ADJECTIVES TO DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE?

Attentive, approachable, friendly, encouraging, and comfortable

Education

  • B.A. in Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language (Seoul, Korea) Korean Language Teachers Training Program - EK Teacher Lifelong Education Centre (Seoul, Korea)

  • B.A. in Textile Engineering - Konkuk University (Seoul, Korea)

Qualifications

  • Korean Language Teacher’s Licence (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korea)

  • Completion in Korean Language Teachers Training Program (EK Teacher Lifelong Education Centre, Korea)

Teaching Experience

  • Korean Teacher at ONLYOU Korean Language School (Singapore)
  • Assistant Korean Teacher at ONLYOU Korean Language School (Singapore)
  • Former Science Instructor at Wiseman Talent Academy Co. (Korea)

Hi, I'm
Teacher Joungyoun!

조정연 선생님

Korean Teachers - Joungyoun profile

HOW DID YOU GET INTO KOREAN LANGUAGE TEACHING?

I worked on a ‘Hangeul Campaign’ project at my previous job in Korea. Through the project, I met a lot of people who were interested in Korean culture and language. I wanted to help them learn Korean.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A KOREAN TEACHER IN SINGAPORE?

I moved to Singapore with my family in 2017. I wanted to start doing what I had been dreaming about, which was to help people learn Korean. I was able to become a Korean teacher at ONLYOU Korean school as I had a certificate of teaching Korean. Currently, I continue my study at graduate school to learn more about Korean language education and to develop my teaching skills.

WHAT MAKES YOUR CLASS UNIQUE?

I believe that having a positive relationship with students is crucial. I do my best to understand what students want and to build a good rapport with them during class. I always make an effort to have ample opportunities for them to speak Korean because many of them do not have many opportunities to do so outside of class.

WHAT DO YOU WANT STUDENTS TO LEAVE YOUR CLASS FEELING?

I hope my class is fun and engaging. I believe that too much tension in class would make the learning process extremely difficult. I hope that students will be able to learn Korean in a more relaxed and enjoyable environment.

WHAT IS YOUR INTEREST OTHER THAN TEACHING KOREAN?

One is tennis, and another thing is writing a thesis. I’m currently working on the thesis for my graduate program, so I pay a lot of attention to the topics related to the thesis. My thesis is on how students can use mobile devices to practice Korean more effectively and comfortably.

FIVE ADJECTIVES TO DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE?

Comfortable, fun, pleasant, engaging, and confidence-growing 

Education

  • Master's course in Korean Studies (specialised in Korean as a foreign language) - Kyung Hee Cyber University (Seoul, Korea)

  • Korean Language Teachers Training Program - Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea)

  • B.A. in Korean Language & Literature - Inha University (Incheon, Korea)

Qualifications

  • Completion in Korean Language Teachers Training Program (Yonsei University, Korea)

  • Teacher’s license: Teaching Korean in Secondary School (Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Korea)

Teaching Experience

  • Korean teacher at ONLYOU Korean Language School (Singapore)
  • Assistant Korean teacher at ONLYOU Korean Language School (Singapore)
  • Former Korean teacher at Korean Presbyterian Church (Singapore)

Hi, I'm
Teacher Young!

안은영 선생님

Korean Teachers - Young profile

HOW DID YOU GET INTO KOREAN LANGUAGE TEACHING?

I majored in English and Literature and hold the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) certificate, as well as the Korean Language Teacher’s Certificate. I developed a strong passion for teaching Korean to non-native speakers. I found it very rewarding to help foreigners acquire additional language skills.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A KOREAN TEACHER IN SINGAPORE?

I came to Singapore in 2013 with the objective of teaching the Korean language and culture to Singaporeans. I hope to serve as a “cultural ambassador” by explaining Korean pop culture.

WHAT MAKES YOUR CLASS UNIQUE?

I provide a fun and enthusiastic environment for my students to learn in. It is not only to make students feel happy and confident, but I also want them to enjoy learning Korean and Korean culture and be proud of themselves.

WHAT DO YOU WANT STUDENTS TO LEAVE YOUR CLASS FEELING?

My goal, while working with my students, is to constantly create an environment where they feel comfortable and confident. I want my students to boost their confidence in speaking Korean and truly enjoy their time in Korea.

WHAT IS YOUR INTEREST OTHER THAN TEACHING KOREAN?

I love cycling, handicraft, and local food.

FIVE ADJECTIVES TO DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE?

Fun, lively, productive (learning experience), enthusiastic, and patient.

Education

  • B.A. in Teaching Korean as a foreign language (Seoul, Korea)

  • B.A. in English and English Literature - Duck Sung Women’s University (Seoul, Korea)

  • Korean Language Teachers Training Program - Seogang University (Seoul, Korea)

Qualifications

  • Korean Language Teacher’s License (Ministy of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korea)

  • TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) (Pacific Gateway International College, Canada)

Teaching Experience

  • Senior Korean teacher at ONLYOU Korean Language School (Singapore)
  • Former Korean teacher at Samsung Asia (Singapore)
  • Former Korean teacher at TEMASEK (Singapore)
  • Former Korean teacher at Ara Korean Language School (Singapore)
  • Former Korean teacher at Selko Korean Language Laboratory (Seoul, Korea)
  • Former English Instructor at YBM ECC (Seoul, Korea)

Hi, I'm
Teacher Diane!

장다향 선생님

Korean Teachers - Diane profile

Education

  • Korean Language Teachers Training Program - TopEdu Lifelong Education Centre (Seoul, Korea)

  • Bachelor’s degree on Business
    Administration and Chemistry - Ajou University

Qualifications

  • Korean Language Teacher’s License (Ministy of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korea)

Experience in Teaching

  • Korean teacher at ONLYOU Korean Language School (Singapore)
  • Korean teacher at Hana Korean Language School (Singapore)
  • English teacher at (Suwon, Korea)