Or: Why it seems that the public school program no longer provides job security
A couple of months ago, news of a major blow hit the EFL teaching community in Korea. Incheon had decided to reject all of the incoming EPIK applicants. Now, there were only nine of them, but many people saw this as a sign of things to come – Seoul had already cut down their intake to only elementary school teachers, and where Seoul leads, the rest of the country tends to follow. Incheon, for instance, had been instituting the same policy.
The scaling back of teachers has a process that is usually as follows:
- Elementary school teachers are given the option to renew at their current schools.
- Middle and High school teachers may renew, but will be transferred to elementary schools.
- In some cases, middle school teachers have been allowed to stay, but in the knowledge that if they leave, their school will not receive a new native English teacher.
This… this was not how Incheon handled it this time around. Continue reading “EPIK Developments In Incheon (and Elsewhere)”
Despite having written posts to the contrary, I do actually hate my job.
I know a lot of people find my blog because I’m an EPIK teacher, and they want to know what they’re getting themselves into.
A lot of other people find my blog because they’re EFL teachers who hate their jobs.
A lot of people find my blog by looking for midnight runs (still far and away that most read post I’ve ever written), though I doubt that what I said is in any way relevant to what they’re searching for.
I wrote this last year, when my job stressed me out and upset me from time to time. But this year… everything got worse. I found myself looking back on the posts I’d written about how to stop hating your job, and how I did it before, and I shake my head. The advice that I gave there in no way pertains to the things that are making me hate my job now.
But let me be clear:
Continue reading “Yes, I Hate My EFL Job”
or Why I Stayed, and Why I Won’t Be Staying.
According to my calculations, I have 167 days left before I leave Korea. This isn’t the end of my contract (which is 187 days away), but I plan to use all the vacation days I am owed and book myself a one way ticket home.
Continue reading “Six Months To Go”
A lot of people find my blog because they Google “Incheon EPIK”. This is a very brief post addressing those looking for that information.
Here are a few things I’ve learnt: Continue reading “On Incheon”
There’s no denying that the language barrier is one of the major points that one needs to consider before moving to another country. How will one feel when one is no longer able to carry out simple, everyday tasks, like going to the bank, or calling a locksmith? In a world where you don’t speak the dominant language, simple tasks can be overwhelmingly daunting.
I’ve seen two approaches to this: Continue reading “Language Barriers”