Although teacher responsibilities have minor variations from school to school, most Korean employers will require similar commitments and obligations from their foreign teaching staff.

Lesson Planning

Classroom preparation explained

Outside of your classroom teaching duties, preparing for classes will be your biggest responsibility – by far. All school managers and directors require their teaching staff to commit 60+ minutes of class preparation time every day. During ‘class-prep’ you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the content matter and plan your lessons accordingly. Organizing workbooks, making photo copies, preparing audio equipment, drafting quizzes, and more, will be some of the tasks you can expect to incorporate into your lesson planning period. In summary, class-prep is the process of organizing information (i.e. the student curriculum) and formulating and effective strategy on how to deliver that information to your students.

Common Day-To-Day Duties

Keeping your students engaged with fun and exciting lessons

Introducing the curriculum outlined in your weekly or monthly syllabus

Assigning homework and following up with students the following day 

Marking student tests and quizzes then logging the results

Assessing your student’s English abilities and completing the monthly or bi-monthly report cards

Providing your manager or supervising teacher with student development reports

Attending teacher workshops and seminars with the other western staff (usually 1-2 annually)

Substituting for your co-workers when they are ill and cannot work

Phone teaching with your homeroom class

Attend weekly or bi-weekly staff meetings

Supervising students during their lunch hour (applicable to K1 teachers only)

Accompanying and supervising students on field trips

It’s important to remember that teachers have an influential role on their students. Therefore, it’s imperative to be a responsible role model, and keep a positive attitude, while you’re at school or in areas where your students can see you. As you can probably guess, the younger the students are, the more impressionable they can be. It’s your responsibility to ensure their safety; after all, their well being should always be your first priority in the classroom and on school premises.

Useful ESL Books for New Teachers

The ESL Teacher's Survival Guide

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The ESL Teacher's Survival Guide

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The ESL Teacher's Survival Guide

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