Just like in California, interviewers expect that if you are truly interested in a position that you will have questions for them. This is a list of common questions that foreign teachers in Korea wish they would have asked prior to their arrival. You should tailor it to address your personal concerns.
- Will I be the only classroom teacher, or will I have a co-teacher working with me?
A co-teacher is a teacher, usually Korean, who shares the classroom with you and ensures an environment of learning.The role of a co-teacher varies at each learning institution.Some co-teachers do so much of the classroom teaching that the foreign teacher often feels bored.Other times, foreign teachers feel too much responsibility for administering lessons in the shared environment. Then again, many teachers report a perfect balance.
- How many foreign teachers are in the schools English department?
Many schools hire just one foreign teacher, while others have seven or more.This may or may not matter to you.
- Will someone will be able to meet you at the airport or how will you be expected to arrive at the school?
Depending on the school, you could be expected to find your own way to the school or apartment on your first day in Korea.If this is the case, you will need to get detailed information about how to do this later.
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