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What is a reasonable amount of hours to teach per week?
« on: August 10, 2014, 05:26:22 am »
Would anyone be able to enlighten me on the current trends for a typical full-time work week? Lately I've been seeing anywhere between 25 and 30 teaching hours as the standard, but certain job ads say you also get prep time included and it starts getting a bit confusing from there.

Essentially, how many hours can I expect to be at work, and how many hours can I expect to be in front of a classroom?


Re: What is a reasonable amount of hours to teach per week?
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2014, 06:10:12 am »
Teaching 30 classes/wk is hard.
20 would be more ideal.



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Re: What is a reasonable amount of hours to teach per week?
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2014, 08:13:18 am »
In a hagwon, 25-30 is standard. If it's a big hagwon (100+ students), 30 should be your max otherwise they will work you to the bone.

Most hagwons would prefer if you come in an hour before classes begin for prep time. The good hagwons will allow you to leave once your classes are finished for the day (i.e. no desk-warming).


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Re: What is a reasonable amount of hours to teach per week?
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2014, 09:06:03 am »
I currently teach 26 hours in class at a hagwon in 4 days, but I have to be there at least 1hr early, and sometimes 2 hours early, plus about 4-6 hours of prep on my off days (that's total weekly prep combined).

30 hours or more of in class teaching would suck. A lot.
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Re: What is a reasonable amount of hours to teach per week?
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2014, 09:27:14 am »
It depends, I  have three 8 class days and two 5 class days a week, I prefer the 8 class days because there's no messing around, walk in, teach, walk out, I have 3 hours prep time on the light days and it's so boring, my ideal job would just be a solid 40 classes teaching, no prep, no time wasting, obviously in a hagwon, 40 classes in ps would be insane!


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Re: What is a reasonable amount of hours to teach per week?
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2014, 09:42:23 am »
i teach 32 hours a week at public school and it's a lot of prep - 9 or so different lessons to plan

however it's also boring sitting around doing nothing, so at least it keeps me busy  :evil:


Re: What is a reasonable amount of hours to teach per week?
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2014, 10:20:59 am »
I work in a public school and teach 19 hours a week.


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Re: What is a reasonable amount of hours to teach per week?
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2014, 11:48:29 am »
i teach 32 hours a week at public school and it's a lot of prep - 9 or so different lessons to plan

however it's also boring sitting around doing nothing, so at least it keeps me busy  :evil:

That's a shitload of overtime pay!  :laugh:


Re: What is a reasonable amount of hours to teach per week?
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2014, 09:22:53 pm »
I work at a public school and teach 22 hours a week. I'm interested to see the hours hagwon teachers work as public school jobs are getting axed left and right


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Re: What is a reasonable amount of hours to teach per week?
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2014, 12:51:21 am »
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Would anyone be able to enlighten me on the current trends for a typical full-time work week? Lately I've been seeing anywhere between 25 and 30 teaching hours as the standard, but certain job ads say you also get prep time included and it starts getting a bit confusing from there.

Essentially, how many hours can I expect to be at work, and how many hours can I expect to be in front of a classroom?
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Hours in the classroom : anywhere from 18-30. Really depends on your school and your choice on how much overtime classes you want to take on.

Hours prepping: all depends on how much work you put into your lessons.

This is technically a 9-5 job (40 hours a week). So if you need to know the hours just think of it this way. What you teach inside the class and how much time you put into it is really determined by your school and how much effort/energy you put into it.

On my schedule with 27 hours in class....id say all together with classes (including regular classes, after school, workshops, and tutoring clubs,) and prep work that i put into everything i easily fill up between 35~ 40 hours of work.