Although I’ve only been in Korea for a little over a year, I’ve been surprised to see how greatly the EPIK Teaching Schedules can vary from school to school and grade to grade. I’ve gathered a few examples to show you what you ‘could’ be looking at if you choose to teach English in South Korea.
Last year, I worked at a large Elementary school. The school was large enough that I could not teach all grades (3-6) without going over my 22 contracted teaching hours. I therefore taught grades 4-6 (20hrs) and had 2x1hr ‘after’ school classes (ASC).
This was my standard teaching schedule:
*On Wednesdays, we would have special ‘block class times’
Now I teach at Global Station, which runs very differently than regular public schools. My schedule varies week-to-week and I sometimes have evening and Saturday classes. I have two examples below, one of a ‘light’ week and one of a ‘heavy’ week of teaching.
Light Week: Regular Programs, 30min-same topic
Heavy Week: Regular Program, World Heritage Sites Program, Airplane Procedures Wednesday Program, Principal Practical English Program
I have friends that teach at a couple different schools in Daegu and they were kind enough to pass along their weekly schedules to me.
This teacher is at a large public elementary school on the outskirts of town. The school is so large that she cannot teach all 6th grade classes every week-she rotates on a monthly basis.
This teacher lives in Jeju and splits her time between two High Schools!
As you can see, the schedules can vary between school to school and among elementary, middle and high schools. If you work over 22hrs/week you are entitled to overtime pay and you will also receive an extra salary bump if you work at more than one school. Keep in mind that you could be placed at schools that align (sort of) with one of the schedule types above, or they could do something quite different! As I said in my previous post about EPIK teaching, be flexible!