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jajdude



Joined: 18 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2003 7:33 am    Post subject: How long are your classes? Reply with quote

Most of mine now are 25 minutes, with elementary kids. Pretty short. A little book, workbook, maybe a little game, class over. I like it but some kids aren't learning much at twice a week. The other hour is with the two Korean teachers. Small academy.
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FierceInvalid



Joined: 16 Mar 2003

PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2003 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

40 minutes each. Not too bad, sometimes seems too short, sometimes like an eternity. Not a bad length for elementary kids I think, though my students do five of them in a night (twice a week) so are pretty worn out sometimes.
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crazylemongirl



Joined: 23 Mar 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2003 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My classes range from between 20 and 45 minutes. 20 minutes is a waste of time. The kids barely have their books out before I'm out the door.

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camel96
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2003 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most are 50 minutes. I have a few every week that are 90 minutes. It's really hard to keep a 6 year old's attention for that long. You've gotta have a lot of work and activities prepared and chop and change pretty regularly to stop them getting bored and ratty.
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Zyzyfer



Joined: 29 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2003 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hah! My class time was shortened from 45 to 35 minutes, because I received some new classes. So now my lone lesson with each of my 26 classes only lasts 35 minutes. I thought it might work if the Korean teachers reviewed my material for students' comprehension, but I'm feeling like a dolt at this point.
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peppermint



Joined: 13 May 2003
Location: traversing the minefields of caddishness.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2003 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

night classes at my school are between 90 and 120 minutes. It's an absolute nightmare. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to get a single shy ajuma to talk for 120 minutes?
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Son Deureo!



Joined: 30 Apr 2003

PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2003 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Either 27.5 minutes or 55 minutes, and I teach mostly elementary school kids with some middle school. I have the 27.5 minute classes every day, and I think this works pretty well. 55 minutes, 2 or 3 days a week, is a bit long for elementary school children's attention spans. With the younger kids they are crawling the walls and I am putting their books back on their desks after 45 minutes.
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Howard Roark



Joined: 02 Feb 2003
Location: Canada

PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2003 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last year I had all 40 minute classes. This year I have 50 minute classes (at a different school).
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just because



Joined: 01 Aug 2003
Location: Changwon - 4964

PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2003 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

50 minutes.
I think someone said it, that sometimes it just isn't long enough and sometimes it's an eternity. Just depends on the students.
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Kyrei



Joined: 22 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2003 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine at the university are 110 minutes, once a week. Hardly enough time to really get them to improve speaking, but enough for other skills development.

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Zyzyfer



Joined: 29 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2003 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

peppermint wrote:
night classes at my school are between 90 and 120 minutes. It's an absolute nightmare. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to get a single shy ajuma to talk for 120 minutes?


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kylehawkins2000



Joined: 08 Apr 2003

PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2003 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I teach kids two or three times a week at 40 minutes per class. 40 minutes is a good time......but twice a week is not often enough.
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katydid



Joined: 02 Feb 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2003 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uni classes for me range between 90 minutes (no break) to 100 minutes (10 minute break after 50 minutes). The hagwan type classes I teach run between 70 and 110 minutes. I have one 110 minute class that meets twice a week and 2 70 minute classes that run three times a week. The biggest problems are in the 110 minute class...I only have two students and they are above the level of the book, so we do some free talking but I feel we aren't doing enough. I can't talk with them straight through for 110 minutes, and the book is a little remedial (boring) for them. So I'm plugging along as best as I can with that. God help me if only one woman shows up to class at some point. I'd be tempted to say, screw it, let's go to a coffee shop.
The 70 minute adult class is good, but I have a 70 minute children's class as well, which I think is waaaaaay too long for any kid to sit still and be interested.
Our school also has a 110 minute middle school class, which I have taught before. I found breaking up the class into different activities, maybe one hour book and one hour review/supplementary activities always worked out well for me.
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Derrek



Joined: 15 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got the most wonderful situation in Korea, I think. And it works (for kindie):

I teach 24 students as a group for 20 minutes. There are 3 other Korean teachers in the class to help with crowd control. After that, each teacher takes six students and has a fun learning activity. I teach English to my group of 6 students for another 25 minutes. Then we rotate the groups so that i've taught all students for a total of 45 minutes that day.

So for the first 20 minutes, I'm teaching something, then the next 25 minutes, I try to revisit the concept with some activity, or paperwork they can handle. The whole class lasts about 2 hours total. My second class (after they feed me lunch for 1 hour 20 mins) is the same situation, but with three groups and a shorter class. Then I go home.

I love my school.
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rapier



Joined: 16 Feb 2003

PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1st hakwon: all classes 55mins (too long)
2nd hakwon: all classes 50 mins (too long)
Present hakwon: All classes 35 mins (perfect) except kindy-45 mins (too long)!
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