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dateline: 27 January 2015

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North Korea Hiring English Teachers

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • expand: to make bigger or more available
  • handful: a small number
  • abroad: from another country
  • curious: interested; filled with wonder
  • regulation: rule
  • monitor: to watch or observe closely

North Korea Hiring English Teachers

North Korea is working on expanding tourism. To do this, it plans on a handful of English language teachers from abroad. The teachers will work with tour guides at a tourism college. these are short-term voluntary positions, many curious teachers are already showing interest. Instead of receiving a salary, each teacher will approximately $1,000 to cover travel costs. The teachers who are selected will have strict travel regulations, and will be monitored . Currently, only a limited number of visitors are allowed into North Korea as part of a closely tour.

Comprehension Questions

    1. Why does North Korea want to hire foreign English teachers?
    2. What will the salary be for these teachers?
    3. What does the report say about tourists who want to visit North Korea?

Discussion Questions: Does it surprise you that many English language teachers are interested in this opportunity? Would you be interested in touring North Korea? Why or why not?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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