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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

3 customer reviews

1.8 out of 5 stars
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  • Experience
    37%
  • Professionalism
    43%
  • Work location
    70%
  • Living situation
    67%
  • Pay & benefits
    63%
  • Support & facilities
    40%
  • Health & safety
    60%
Reviewer
1 rating
Very Intense Job
16 days ago.
Institute Review
I only worked here for a couple of months before I had to quit. At first this place seems pretty good, the curriculum is good and they have a mimicking program that helps students speak English really well. It's only after you have started to work here that it's not a good a place as you first thought. The owner and head teacher had a lot of problems with me while I was there. They micromanage everything you do and expect your level of work to be that of someone who has graduated from Teacher's college back in the US and has taught English professionally for at least 5 years. They knew my background and were ok with it but then they started to critique everything I did. The training I recieved was a handbook and watching a week's worth of classes so they don't prepare you for the actual teaching required. The amount of work one person has to do is impossible and you're constantly kept busy including during your "breaks". The kids have told me that they have no time to do their homework because of the sheer amount of it. They don't get to have any fun and be kids cause they always have work to do. I have since learned that in the past this type of thing has happened to someone else as well and they quit because of it. The other teachers also complain about the amount of work and one has quit because of it while I was still working there. The kids and teachers are scared of the owner and he doesn't acknowledge what anyone else says. It is not a good environment to be working in.
The pros
If you can manage to do all the work required of you without getting in trouble then they pay quite well. The housing is ok and in a newer area but surrounded by bars/pubs so quite noisy.
The cons
The teachers and students have an impossible amount of work today and are afraid of the owner to be able to say anything about it.
Institution Location
8f Golden Tower 717 Buldang-dong Seobuk-gu Cheonan-si 31163
Relationship
Teacher
  • Experience
    10%
  • Professionalism
    30%
  • Work location
    50%
  • Living situation
    50%
  • Pay & benefits
    50%
  • Support & facilities
    30%
  • Health & safety
    50%
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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful
Reviewer
1 rating
1 helpful voted.
Intense Job with Room for Growth
2 years ago.
Institute Review
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
Relationship
teacher
  • Experience
    70%
  • Professionalism
    70%
  • Work location
    90%
  • Living situation
    80%
  • Pay & benefits
    80%
  • Support & facilities
    70%
  • Health & safety
    80%
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Reviewer
1 rating
10 helpful voted.
Overworked and micro-managed
2 years ago.
Institute Review
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
Relationship
former employee
  • Experience
    30%
  • Professionalism
    30%
  • Work location
    70%
  • Living situation
    70%
  • Pay & benefits
    60%
  • Support & facilities
    20%
  • Health & safety
    50%
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful

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