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Another contract review (help!)
« on: January 22, 2020, 06:08:07 pm »
I have a BA in Linguistics, 160hr TEFL, no teaching experience besides a 5wk tefl internship with elementary students in Taiwan. I'm also Asian American so it's been hard trying to find a decent job. This is my 3rd offer and I will most likely be taking it but I wanted to know if there was anything in the contract I should be concerned about. I talked to a current teacher and the school seems like a nice place to work.

The school is in Gangnam and only for kindy students. I would have to eat lunch the kids and be with them from 9:15-2:20 (which I don't really mind) and there's "prep time" for 1.5 to 2hrs at the end of the day. I'll basically have my own classroom and homeroom class but a Korean teacher will be in the classroom with me (some people might not like this but I find it comforting?? as I don't have much teaching experience)

How is this contract for my first time teaching?


3. RESPONSIBILITIES:

(A) The Instructor shall work from 08:30 to 17:30. Teaching hours will be 120 hours per month. Hours can be changed slightly depending on the students’ schedule/enrollment.
(B) The Instructor is responsible for regular classes and conducting/leading extra – curricular activities and afterschool programs and expected to attach the syllabus and schedule of the Institute closely.
(C) The Instructor is responsible for familiarizing him or herself with all the Institute materials relevant to teaching at the Institute. The Instructor shall faithfully teach and train students at the Institute.
(D) The Instructor will be required to attend all weekly meeting for teaching and some special events (graduation ceremony, promotional events, open houses, drama festival, annual events etc.) or take classes on Saturdays.
(E) The Instructor is expected to devote for lesson planning and developing teaching materials with co-instructors, student evaluations, reporting, consultation with parents, supervision of play, and maintenance of environment during breaks, workshops, and instructors’ meetings.
(F) The Instructor’s responsibilities, as well as the academic programs, may be modified, from time to time, after being agreed upon by both the Instructor and the Institute.
(G) Any part of the Instructor’s workload can be converted into research and development under his or her supervisor’s supervision.
(H) The instructor is expected to prepare daily class in the classroom, morning snack, to clean one’s classroom briefly, bring cups and water bottle, ventilate, play music, welcome students, and so on.
(I) Students will be arriving at school around 9:15 am and are expected to go to their class room, hang up their coats, and unpack their bags with help of the instructor.
(J) The instructor will be required to submit the monthly progress report and weekly short comment about the students, to make books for students, to prepare all teaching materials a week in advance not to print out anything during class.
(K) The instructor is expected to have lunch together helping students to have meal properly and to play together after lunch because lunch time also will be included in teaching hour and here the instructor is teaching young students.
(L) Whenever moving outside classroom, the instructor will be required to lead students in front of them while co-instructor is following behind them.
(M) Parents will be invited to the open class twice in a year.
(N) At any time, the supervisor may observe your class with quick notice on that day. Classes should be conducted in an academic manner, and should always be “fit for observation.”
(O) Once a month, during the weekly meeting, a different teacher will be asked to make 5 min presentation to the rest of the staff. The topic of the presentation can range from classroom management to educational activities they believe their coworkers would benefit from.

4. PAYMENT:

(A) The Instructor’s total monthly payment shall be 2,200,000 won which will be paid monthly on the regular day.
(B) The Instructor's payment will be paid monthly on the regular day.
(C) If the Instructor teaches, by mutual agreement of the Instructor and the Institute, additional teaching hours over 120 hours per month, overtime compensation at 20,000 Won/per hour shall be paid for those hours. Teaching related duties such as class preparation, test evaluation, report writing will not be considered as overtime work.
(D) On completion of one’s responsibilities of the full contract period (12months), the employer will pay 2,200,000 won for completion bonus (Severance pay). It will be paid only at the completion of the contract. Income tax as required by Korean Law will be deducted.
(E) When the Instructor has not worked a full month, payment for that month shall be paid on a pro rata daily basis either from the first day or until the last day of work.
(F) If the Instructor should be absent from work without a prior approval, his or her payment for that month shall be deducted by the amount calculated n a pro rata daily basis for the number of unauthorized absent days.
(G) In the event the Instructor is late for 20 or more minutes, the Instructor shall be penalized for one hour.

5. ACCOMMODATION:

(A) The Institute provides the Instructor a private single person accommodation, which includes paying key deposit, and monthly rent to the landlord. If the Instructor wishes to have his/her own housing, the Institute provides monthly housing allowance instead.

(B) The Instructor’s apartment furnishings include: basic cooking utensils, air- conditioning, washing machine and internet connection

(C) The Instructor’s apartment furnishings do not include: bed and bedding.

(D) Costs for monthly utilities, including electricity, water, gas, and all communication fees are paid by the Instructor.

(E) The Instructor is responsible for cleaning the apartment and maintaining the things furnished in the apartment in a good condition. The Institute or the landlord has a right to claim any damage caused by the Instructor.

6. VACATION TIME:

(A) The Institute provides the Instructor with approximately ten working days of vacation in one employment year. Vacation days will be scheduled on the annual calendar by the Institute.

(B) Documented sick leave and emergency leave will be paid for a combined total of 3 working days a year. Any additional sick days taken will be considered vacation days. The Instructor should provide the Institute with as much advance notice as possible but in no case can this notice be given less than three hours before the Instructor’s scheduled work start time. The Instructor should submit doctor’s prescription to the Institute for approving sick leaves. Unused sick leave may not be converted into any cash payment. If it is found that the hours/days of absence reported as sick leave or emergency leave were not in fact for such purposes, related costs shall be subtracted from the following month’s pay.

(C)  If  the  Instructor  is  absent  for  two  or  more  consecutive  classes  without  proper notification and authorization, he or she shall be deemed to have voluntarily resigned. However, even if the Instructor provides notification of his or her absence, the Institute has the ultimate right to determine if the reason given justifies the absence.

(D) Upon termination of the new contract within the first six months, the used paid leave will be calculated based on a pro-rata monthly basis.

7. INCOME TAX, KOREAN HEALTH INSURANCE AND NATIONAL PENSION PLAN
(A) INCOME TAX
Korean Income Tax, approximately 3.3% per month of the Instructor’s payment, shall be deducted from the monthly payment by the Company as withholding tax provided by Korean law.

(B) HEALTH INSURANCE
The Instructor can be covered by health insurance, by mutual agreement between the Instructor and the Company. Fifty percent of the cost of this coverage will be borne by the Company, and the other fifty percent will be borne by the Instructor.

(C) NATIONAL PENSION PLAN
National Pension Plan could be provided conditionally by mutual agreement between the Instructor and the Company. The national pension contribution as required under Korean law shall be withheld each month from the Instructor’s payment. (approx. 9%. 50% borne by the Instructor and 50% borne by the Company, this is refundable for the US and Canadian citizens at the end of Contract term)

9. ADDITIONAL DUTIES:

(A) The Instructor should respect the rules and the standard of conduct set by the Institute and should obey the laws, regulations, instructions, and ordinances of the national and local governments. The Instructor is required to conduct him/herself in a professional manner and to wear neat attire while at the Institute. Casual clothing is acceptable, provided that it is neat and clean. The Institute does not allow body- piercing, extreme hairstyles and nail decoration, unusual hair color or excessive makeup, unusually tight or revealing clothing, and inappropriate behavior. And also, beach thongs, holed clothing, frightening outwear, sleeveless shirt are not recommended. All staff and students at the school will be barefoot throughout the day. Socks or fabric slippers are permitted but rubber slipper and outside footwear are not permitted.

(B) The following forms of behavior will not be permitted.
1) Not following scheduled class timetables and dismissing, canceling, or starting classes late or leaving classroom without the prior approval of the Institute director
2) Conducting class while under the influence of alcohol, while smoking, or under the influence of illegal drugs
3) Making sexual advances towards, or entering in to relationships with students or employees of the Institute
4) Letting students in the classroom without any teacher
5) Sharing the information of students by private SNS (kakao talk, facebook, twitter, ect.) and posting up any of students picture on the internet
6) Bring a Private laptop, Surfing the internet, using cell phones, or bringing a pet, food, and any hot beverages during class
7) Displaying video clip that is not directly related with the syllabus

(C) The Institute shall have the right to terminate this contract if the Instructor violates the contract or fails to conduct him/herself in a professional manner. At least four weeks termination notice will be given to the Instructor in such case. In this case, the Institute has no duty to give the bonus pay and return airfare to the Instructor.

(D)  If  the  Instructor  wishes  to  voluntarily  resign  from  the  Institute  before  the completion   of   this   contract   the   Instructor   must   provide   written   notice   to   the Institute at least 6 weeks before the resignation.

(E) For the cancellation of a contract or voluntary resignation within 6 months of this contract period, the Instructor has to reimburse the price of air ticket that the Institute provided to the Instructor at the beginning of the contract.

(F) The Instructor cannot work for other schools, companies or private teaching without the consent of the Institute.
« Last Edit: January 22, 2020, 06:13:41 pm by eggbread »


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Re: Another contract review (help!)
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2020, 06:57:14 am »
-2.2 (in Gangnam)..?
-HAVING to eat lunch with the kids ...oh, you don't mind.  Serously?  OK..be a doormat....go on.
-HAVING to help the students unpack and hang up their coats...LOL!
-Your apartment does not include bed and bedding...?  LOL!
-Whenever moving outside classroom, the instructor will be required to lead students in front of them while co-instructor is following behind them.


I"m just going to stop, here. 

Don't do it.


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Re: Another contract review (help!)
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2020, 07:12:05 am »
The hours at this wage equals about 12,000 per hour. 9 hrs a day x5 x4 equals 180 hrs per month divided by 2.2.

 Public school starts at about 18,000-20,000. And you get a real vacation.


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Re: Another contract review (help!)
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2020, 07:40:14 am »
imagine moving to the other side of the world for for a minimum wage job


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Re: Another contract review (help!)
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2020, 10:42:03 am »
This contract is worse than the 1st one I signed in 2005.

No bed or bedding in the apartment?  Really?????


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Re: Another contract review (help!)
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2020, 12:53:01 am »
Victorian abusive contract.
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6) Bring a Private laptop, Surfing the internet, using cell phones, or bringing a pet, food, and any hot beverages during class
7) Displaying video clip that is not directly related with the syllabus

I just don't get this, they forbid you to do everything I would do in class,
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Re: Another contract review (help!)
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2020, 03:12:10 pm »
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Bring a Private laptop, Surfing the internet, using cell phones, or bringing a pet, food, and any hot beverages during class
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1) Not following scheduled class timetables and dismissing, canceling, or starting classes late or leaving classroom without the prior approval of the Institute director

WTF is this shit.    You can't bring hot tea/coffee to class?  You can't leave the classroom w/o approval?  Please, for the love of god, don't move halfway around the world and agree to this shit.

You said that you talked to a teacher that worked there...I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that they were not telling you the whole truth.  You have a BA and a 160 hour TEFL.  Please apply to a public school in Korea through EPIK or with a recruiter.  You'll get paid about the same but you'll have 32 less class hours a month, get 26 days paid vacation, get 11 sick days, get a freaking bed in your apartment, be able to leave the classroom without approval, be able to bring food and drinks to class, etc...

Please don't agree to this.
« Last Edit: January 25, 2020, 03:24:04 pm by purpleparrot »


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Re: Another contract review (help!)
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2020, 06:08:54 pm »
WTF is this shit.    You can't bring hot tea/coffee to class?  You can't leave the classroom w/o approval?  Please, for the love of god, don't move halfway around the world and agree to this shit.

You said that you talked to a teacher that worked there...I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that they were not telling you the whole truth.  You have a BA and a 160 hour TEFL.  Please apply to a public school in Korea through EPIK or with a recruiter.  You'll get paid about the same but you'll have 32 less class hours a month, get 26 days paid vacation, get 11 sick days, get a freaking bed in your apartment, be able to leave the classroom without approval, be able to bring food and drinks to class, etc...

Please don't agree to this.


Well...there ARE quite a few of those NET's that just live life to be a doormat....so, perhaps the conversation with the teacher there is, as is.


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Re: Another contract review (help!)
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2020, 05:01:01 am »
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-Your apartment does not include bed and bedding...?  LOL!

First day: walking around bewildered ending up buying a garish quilt which reeks after the store you bought it in, your make-shift pillow can't cover the floor's smell of sweaty feet and plastics.
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