contract period will be 1 year (52 weeks).
foregoing contract period may be renewed by the mutual written agreement of
the host POE and the Guest English Teacher (GET).
early termination of the contract will cause inconvenience to the host POEs,
all GETs are expected to fulfill the contract term.
GETs shall work eight hours per day, five days per week excluding Saturdays,
Sundays, and Korean national holidays (about 14 days). Total instructional
hours will not exceed 22 hours per week.
There will be a Korean co-teacher in each school that hires a GET. The Korean
co-teacher is responsible for consulting, directing and cooperating concerning
class works and the life in/around the school/home for the GET. The primary
role of the Korean co-teacher is to plan and proceed English classes with
the GET. In addition, the Korean co-teacher participates in preparing school
event, carrying out the administrative job which is related to co-workers
or students, and consulting the GET in difficulties.
In principle, the GET should teach students in collaboration with the Korean
co-teacher. The GET will be informed about assigned classroom, teaching materials
and teaching methods from the Korean co-teacher when he or she starts teaching
at the designated school. All issues related to class work is always needed
to be consulted with the Korean co-teacher.
Each class basically, meets for 40 minutes for elementary school, 45 minutes
for middle school and 50 minutes for high school. But it can be changed according
to season, weather, or individual environment of each school. Some schools
have special classes after regular class work, in which GETs are required
to teach specified subjects or fields.
Number of Students
Every year before the school starts, the number of students per each class
is decided by superintendent of each Provincial Office of Education. The number
is usually 35 or more, though there is no national unified regulation. The
class size will depend on the location of a school such as urban area or local
town. So the number of students ranges from 10 to over 40.
Korean public schools have summer and winter vacations. The summer vacation
begins at the end of July and finishes at the end of August lasting for about
one month. The winter vacation begins at the end of December and finishes
at the end of January or early February. The starting date or the ending date
can be different by each school. During the vacations, GETs may be required
to teach some programs such as an English camp.
The administrative office at each school provides the administrative services
for the GET after the placement. The office arranges housing for the GET before
he or she is appointed. The Administrative office is in charge of handling
contract, paying salary, insurance, tax and etc. for the GET.
Below is a general guideline of your duties as an EPIK teacher. Detailed duties
will be announced at the time of your local placement. The duties are carried
out under the guidance of the host Provincial Office of Education (POE).
English conversation classes for Korean teachers and students
teaching materials for English language education
in developing teaching materials for English language education
with activities related to English language education and other extracurricular
Korean teachers with their English classes and/or jointly conduct English
other duties as specified by the host POE