TOPIA Academy is a well-established and constantly growing English-learning institute in Korea.
The TOPIA Group was founded in 1995 and has expanded steadily, now with over 10,000 students attending several campuses spread across Seoul. TOPIA offers supplementary diversified curriculum and single-subject classes to students ages 7-12 years old.
TOPIA employs 600 people, including 440 teachers. It has a total of 14 schools, including two directly-owned campuses in Joong-gye and Daechi districts in the Seoul metropolitan area, and 12 franchise schools.
Leveraging its core strengths in prep courses for magnet high schools’ entrance examinations and English teaching, TOPIA has pioneered a comprehensive curriculum extending from elementary to high school markets. With its strong brand, it has also diversified into online and franchise education services as it continues to institutionalize its operation and broaden revenue streams.
TOPIA Immersion Program
TOPIA Academy provides its students with a full immersion English language environment. Every effort is made to maintain all educational interaction in English. TOPIA teaches its students not only the skills they need to master the English language, but also how to think in English. In addition, creativity and intellectual curiosity are encouraged on a daily basis. Foreign language teachers play a large role in nurturing these qualities by teaching through:
- Listening & Speaking
- Writing in Grammar
- Debate & Presentation
- Topical Writing
TOPIA Teacher Benefits
TOPIA teachers work Monday to Friday from 13:30-21:30 or from 15:00-23:00. Teachers are required to be at the school for 40 hours per week. Overtime class time is available outside of normal working hours, and teachers will be compensated for any extra hours worked at a special overtime rate.
TOPIA schools are located across Seoul, South Korea.
Teachers are required to teach 30 50-minute classes per week as scheduled by the school. Other teaching duties will include student evaluations and essay editing, substitute teaching, teaching material development and preparation, attending teachers’ meetings and workshops, and any other duties required by the school. Teachers will be asked to fulfill their responsibilities only within the designated working hours.
TOPIA teachers will receive up to one week of training. During this time, teachers will learn more about TOPIA Academy policies and procedures and academic programs.
TOPIA pays for a return ticket for each foreign teacher.
Each teacher will be provided with a single, furnished bachelor apartment. While TOPIA pays for the apartment, teachers are responsible for paying for their own utilities and maintenance fees. As is standard in Korea, teachers will pay a housing management deposit which will be deducted from teachers’ first two months of pay.
50% of the premium is paid by TOPIA, and 50% is paid by the teacher.
Upon successful completion of a one year contract, each TOPIA teacher will receive a bonus equivalent to one month’s salary.
TOPIA understands the importance of healthy living, so each teacher will also receive a gym membership support of 30,000 won per month.