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tmax500



Joined: 12 Feb 2010

PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:19 am    Post subject: Phone English (paid teaching) Reply with quote

Has anyone tried teaching "Phone English"? If so, how is it and how much does it pay?

This link mentions some students pay 120,000won a month for 10 minute daily classes: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/08/180_41418.html
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faeriehazel



Joined: 04 Mar 2008

PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The teachers get paid less than 20 an hour, if my memory serves me correctly. Maybe somewhere between 14 and 20. The nice thing about it that you can do it at home in your pjs. I remember doing phone tutoring at 6 in the morning still in bed. Pretty tedious work though.
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J Rock



Joined: 17 Jan 2009
Location: The center of the Earth, Suji

PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My old Hagwon tried to implement a phone call system to the students on Sunday evenings. It sounded easy enough so I said yes.

Huge mistake! It was awful, the kids DO NOT WANT TO DO IT. Between the crackling on the phone line, the blaring tv at their house, and the mom in the background trying to coach little Min Su what to say, neither one of us could understand a thing.

I had a list of questions I was supposed to read from that had like 30 questions on it. At about the 3rd sunday of these phone calls, I shortened it down to like one question, "what did you eat for dinner?" and the only answer anyone ever gave me was, "rice."

I even had kids hanging up on me as soon as I said, "hi, it's Jordan teacher!" They would groan and quietly hang up the phone.

Never again.
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tophatcat



Joined: 09 Aug 2006
Location: under the hat

PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

J Rock wrote:
My old Hagwon tried to implement a phone call system to the students on Sunday evenings. It sounded easy enough so I said yes.

Huge mistake! It was awful, the kids DO NOT WANT TO DO IT. Between the crackling on the phone line, the blaring tv at their house, and the mom in the background trying to coach little Min Su what to say, neither one of us could understand a thing.

I had a list of questions I was supposed to read from that had like 30 questions on it. At about the 3rd sunday of these phone calls, I shortened it down to like one question, "what did you eat for dinner?" and the only answer anyone ever gave me was, "rice."

I even had kids hanging up on me as soon as I said, "hi, it's Jordan teacher!" They would groan and quietly hang up the phone.

Never again.


My Pre Apology

But this is one of the funniest things I've read. I can picture it!

thanx for the laugh
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tmax500



Joined: 12 Feb 2010

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your replies guys , 14-20k sounds about right - it seems little for early morning teaching. I read YBM charges students 120k-140k a month for daily 10 minute calls.

The students hanging up comment is very funny indeed!
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Ginormousaurus



Joined: 27 Jul 2006
Location: 700 Ft. Pulpit

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

faeriehazel wrote:
I remember doing phone tutoring at 6 in the morning still in bed. Pretty tedious work though.


Tedious is an understatement.

I did phone tutoring for a few weeks with an elementary student. My alarm would go off at 6:30 AM and I'd groggily phone his mom's cell. She would proceed to go wake him up and pass him the phone. I'd try to make conversation, but the kid would fall asleep and I'd hear his mom wake him up again. I'd keep trying to converse, but he wouldn't. He'd whine and even cry. It was so stupid, but it was his mom's idea and she insisted we do it first thing in the morning. She explained to me that if he starts his day thinking and speaking in English he would improve the fastest.
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some waygug-in



Joined: 25 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kids hanging up, that's nothing. How about the angry grandparents who

are wondering what this stupid wayguk is doing calling them. They scream and swear at you for a while in Korean and then hang up.
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12ax7



Joined: 07 Nov 2009

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ginormousaurus wrote:
faeriehazel wrote:
I remember doing phone tutoring at 6 in the morning still in bed. Pretty tedious work though.


Tedious is an understatement.

I did phone tutoring for a few weeks with an elementary student. My alarm would go off at 6:30 AM and I'd groggily phone his mom's cell. She would proceed to go wake him up and pass him the phone. I'd try to make conversation, but the kid would fall asleep and I'd hear his mom wake him up again. I'd keep trying to converse, but he wouldn't. He'd whine and even cry. It was so stupid, but it was his mom's idea and she insisted we do it first thing in the morning. She explained to me that if he starts his day thinking and speaking in English he would improve the fastest.


I guess the word 'resentment' doesn't exist in her vocabulary.
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beentheredonethat777



Joined: 27 Jul 2013
Location: AsiaHaven

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Tedious is an understatement.


^^.This.

I remember using this as a negotiating tool for re-signing several years ago.
I said in lieu of a raise, no more making phone calls to my students,and I'll sign on the dotted line for another year.
My hogwan boss agreed. It was and remains one of my happiest memories
about teaching in Korea! The stress factor just wasn't worth it.
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