Will I have a co-teacher?
Is the teaching curriculum standardized?
Is there a probation period?
How many other western teachers will I be working with?
Can I contact someone currently teaching at the school?
You might think that getting in touch with a current western teacher at the school isn’t worth your time because it’s the equivalent of a resume reference: Presumably they’re going to have you speak with someone who has positive things to say, rather than with one of their more disgruntled employees. However, if the school is willing to let you contact a current employee, it means that there is at least one person who enjoys their job, and you can feel assured that working there won’t be an absolute nightmare. Secondly, when Brent and I were interviewing for jobs, I talked to western employees at a few schools in South Korea, and I found they were actually quite honest with me. One guy told me he had just started working at the school 2 days ago, and he was confused about why they had asked him to talk to me. Another guy admitted that the working hours at the school were quite long, and he felt like he didn’t have a lot of free time. So talk to a current teacher – it can be surprisingly informative.
Part II can be found here.
I want to hear about some of your experiences teaching English. What are the positive aspects of where you chose to teach? Or what do you wish you had done differently?