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Korea, South in Asia (School): TASK English Academy - Private School - South Korea

TASK English Academy is a private school located in Cheonan, South Korea.

 

Address: Golden Tower 8th Floor, 717 Buldang-dong, West Buk-gu, Cheonan, Chungnam, South Korea.

Website: TASK English Academy

2.5/5 from 2 ratings.
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  • Living situation
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1 rating(s).
1 helpful voted.
Intense Job with Room for Growth
7 days ago.
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TASK English Academy is a hagwon in Cheonan, Korea. They operate a morning kindergarten as well as an after school program for elementary students. The location is very nice. It's easy to get around and visit other areas in Korea. The pay matches the amount of work that is expected from the teachers. The workload is similar to what would be expected of teachers in the states, but without the added lesson planning as that is done through an online component and a workbook style. The Korean staff members are supportive and try their best to assist the teachers in the classroom or get supplies as needed. The owner can be intense and has high expectations for the performance of his teachers and what the students in the school can accomplish. The curriculum is an American based program that can be difficult at times for students due to context, but with proper teacher scaffolding it is possible.
The pros
Pay scale is more than commensurate for experience.
Location is amazing. Easy to get around and go visit other places in Korea.
The cons
Can be an intense workload if not managed correctly.
Institution Location
Buldang-dong, Cheonan Korea
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teacher
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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1 rating(s).
1 helpful voted.
Overworked and micro-managed
3 months ago.
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Working at TASK English Academy in Cheonan is an absolute nightmare. The owner is a control freak and micro-manager. He expects the impossible from his workers and the students. The staff and students are all constantly stressed out. The material is developmentally inappropriate, and the kids never get to have any fun or simply just be kids. The amount of time for grading and planning expected of teachers is unreasonable and impossible to achieve. The teaching hours are exhausting as there aren't any actual breaks. The owner has a tendency to be completely unprofessional and inappropriate towards his staff. He has an anger problem and can be scary at times. This is not a pleasant work environment to be a part of, and the students suffer the most.
The pros
The pay is higher than most institutes (but you must put in an excessive amount of work for it)
The location is nice
The cons
The owner micro-manages everything and complains if teachers can't meet his unreasonable expectations
The work hours are long and tiring with no real breaks
The kids are stressed out and unhappy because the material is not appropriate for their ages, levels, culture, and abilities
There is never enough time to complete all the tasks expected of you
Advice to Management
Stop micro-managing your staff and let them have some say in how the material should be taught. Don't create such a rigid schedule that is difficult to teach and even more difficult for students to learn under. Remember, you are a HAGWON, not a school. Outside of your academy, the students have other work they must complete. They need more time to learn the material and cannot be force fed it. Respect your staff and treat them like humans instead of s*a*e robots. Humans make mistakes. Humans get sick. Humans forget. Try to be a little more understanding. Just because you pay more than other academies doesn't mean you should talk down to and disrespect your employees. And most importantly, allow your students to have some fun and be kids! Research shows that play is a huge part of learning, but there is rarely anything even remotely fun or play related occurring at TASK as it is all serious study all the time.
Institution Location
Buldang-dong, Cheonan, Chungnam
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