The OP talked about Korea’s ESL industry imploding and I’m not surprised, but it can happen here just as easily.
I spent two years teaching in Korea and for the most part I had a good time. There are numerous similarities between Korea and Taiwan, so don’t kid yourselves.
I think one of the coals in the fire in Korea is the American presence in Seoul City, eg: the Military HQ near Itaewon, one of Seoul’s best known expat hangouts. Add to that the present attitude toward American military action world-wide and there was already a big problem in Seoul.
Seoul is the only capitol city in the world with an American HQ smack in the middle of it.
When I was there more than two years ago, this problem was fermenting and there were quite a few demonstrations, but they quieted down. All the Koreans needed was another excuse to fuel the fire and the ESL teachers obliged by getting carried away with their indifferent attitude toward their hosts.
However, it is a two-way street. The thing I found most vexing about Korea was they would pat you on the back for teaching well ( I taught adults), and then they would go and drink soju and talk behind your back. I knew this for a fact. I didn’t care because I wrote it off to only a couple of ignorant people.
The sentiment toward western guys being with Korean women is also a tool used against ESL teachers and American military. It’s mostly jealousy. There are PLENTY of women to go around. For the most part, Korean guys are super slow to move on the women they like and the women, knowing this, go for the western guys and then the Koreans get angry…yada yada yada.
I did hear at one point the Korean ESL industry was collapsing and that Chinese/Mandarin was gaining significantly on the ESL schools. This latest development won’t help matters much.
So where am I going with this? I dunno. But there is one thing for sure. The OP or whoever said that some Korean ESL schools use illegal teachers, falsify documents, and have illegal schools. So…what’s the difference between Korea and Taiwan?
I’m tellin’ ya man. Not much! Like I said, I’ve taught in both Korea and Taiwan and I don’t really feel a whole bunch of difference. Except maybe the language and the food!
I really don’t think anyone could have done anything to prevent what is happening in Korea right now. The Koreans are a very enigmatic bunch and it doesn’t take much to set them off on one demonstration or another. That is also another thing I witnessed.