THE Korean language is probably one of the most difficult languages to learn for foreigners. But for people planning on working in the Korean peninsula, speaking Korean is a pre-requisite.
In the 1950s and 1960s, South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world. But not anymore. South Korea is now among one of the most vibrant economies in Asia, making it one of the major destinations for job seekers.
To help Filipino jobseekers, business-minded individuals have put up Korean Language Tutorial Services to teach Filipinos about Korean language and culture.
KLT HAGWON or Korean Language Tutorial Services is a tutorial center located at 2nd Floor Casa Isabella, Pabayo-Cruz Taal St., Divisoria Cagayan de Oro City.
It was established last April 18, 2016 by Ms. Madelaine R. Teru, a Korean Language teacher in Korea for 10 years. It was her vision to provide tutorial services to those who want to study and learn Korean, a must for those applying as factory workers in Korea.
“Pero, most of the enrollees gyud, is ang target nila is katong mu-apply and to work in Korea as a factory worker,” said Teru.
“Naa man ta’y program sa government under POEA. Wala man gud lain nga agency nga mo-hire directly from Korea to the Philippines. So tanan na mu-apply for Korea muagi gyud ug POEA. So kumbaga, before ka mu-apply, kinahanglan sa ka mupasar sa ilang test kay naa man na sila’y examination. So you have to pass the EPS test. In order to pass, syempre kasi it’s all about instructions. So tanan man gyud Korean characters, we should learn the basic Korean language - reading, writing and listening. So, muagi sa gyud ka ug tutorial services,” she added.
The KLT offers an 80-hour class discussions using a Korean module, additional learning materials and a refresher’s course.
Classes will be daily from 8 to 5 p.m. and then 5 to 9 p.m. in the evening. Right now, Ms. Teru herself is the one who teaches for her students.
“I am not only teaching them the Korean language, but I am also teaching them Korean culture. Food if they want to, but of course, they have to spend,” she said on the extra-curricular activities available for the students.
Ms. Teru said her goal is to help the students pass the test.
“Kay ang result man gud sa test is diha man gud mu-based ang mga employer from Korea. So the higher your score meaning, mas daghan ka nahibaw-an. Mao man na ilang objective and criteria kung mu-select sila ug mga applicants”, she said.
She added if the students pass the test, it will not guarantee immediate hiring in Korea but clients will get the chance to submit an application to Korea.
“Once mupasar sila, mabutang na ilang name sa mga job seekers. E-submit man gud na sa POEA paingon sa HRD Korea. Kumbaga, kung sa Philippines ang POEA is under sa umbrella sa Dole, so ang HRD Korea pud, under sa umbrella sa MOEL (Ministry of Employment and Labor). Naka-based na sila dinhi,” Ms. Teru said
“So ang tanan nga mga factory owners sa Korea muadto sa MOEL para mag-select sa list sa mga job seekers. Mu-submit na sila ug mga forms sa MOEL kung unsa ilang mga qualifications. MOEL on the other hand mu-submit pud ug list sa mga job seekers nga ni-qualify sa ilang kinahanglanon. So kung mu-qualify ka, automatic na ma-hire na dayon ka”, she said.
The said test is called EPS-Topik or employment permit system. It is an exam prepared by the Korean Government. The questions are basic, Ms. Teru said, but a working knowledge of the Korean language is a must.
With a P10,000 fee for the two-week course, a jobseeker in Korea can increase his/her chances of actually getting hired.