Updated page 3.3.2016
I added this page so you can learn some information about my placement! I thought this page might help future Fulbright applicants/teachers in Korea compare or gauge their own potential situations. If this doesn’t apply to you, I thought this page might just serve well for anyone curious about my school/want to know more about it.
So what is it like teaching at my school…?
My position is referred to as a English Teaching Assistant, but I am the main teacher. I prepare the lesson plans, and teach the class myself. My co-teachers are as involved or uninvolved as they want to be.
This year I’m teaching 3rd-6th graders, and have 9 co-teachers. 6 out of 9 of them are new. Co-teaching with this many teachers is difficult, and this is not usually how it’s done. My school is an exception. Usually schools have several English subject teachers (usually at least 1-2 other English teachers). My school has none, except me, so I just teach with the Korean Korean teachers (homeroom teachers). So you’d imagine, most speak little to no English, and want nothing to do with English classes.
Like most elementary schools, I am required to use the textbook and I am using YBM 2015’s textbook this year. Luckily at my school, I am given full freedom in the classroom. I can speak as much Korean as I want, and I can teach any way I want. The students have to learn the material in the textbook, but I can combine lessons or skip or cut out any materials I want. I also have the freedom to choose not to teach the textbook and do whatever kind of lessons I want, as long as I finish the textbook by the end of the semester.
City: Gumi (구미)
Grades I teach: 3rd-6th Grade
Number of students I teach: 243
Class size: About 25-30 students per class
– I teach a total of 9 class sections:
- 3rd grade (3-1, 3-2)
- 4th grade (4-1, 4-2, 4-3)
- 5th grade (5-1, 5-2)
- 6th grade (6-1, 6-2)
Length of classes: 40 minutes
Number of Classes per week: 22 classes
– Monday (5 classes), Tuesday (4 classes), Wednesday (4 classes), Thursday (5 classes), Friday (4 classes)
– I have to stay everyday until 4:30 pm. My desk warming hours vary a lot now because of my varied class schedule.
– This year I see my 5th & 6th graders 3 times a week, and my 3rd & 4th graders 2 times a week.
Number of Co-teachers: 9 (1 per each section. It’s the homeroom teachers)