Just learned that for the next year (2011) the English program will again change at Public Elementary Schools here in Korea.
The gist of it is that 5th & 6th graders will learn English 3x a week and get new books. That means schools will need more Korean and Foreign coteachers.
As of right now I don't know if I will be at this school next year but the thought of that change gives me shivers. For one this school has no English classroom and doesn't plan on building one. Two, the English Teacher's office could not fit another body in here.
My coteacher suggested that they will talk to the Principal about this and that it would be better to spread us out for each class level so not to mix us up and somehow make the necessary space. Whatever the plan will be this school really needs to consider the situation and get on top of it. But my contract finishes in December so I could always move on to somewhere more suited for the changes (or just a completely different teaching gig altogether).
Actually we were going to have an English classroom built in the old auditorium. But they just recently changed that for the afterschool English program. This is some program run by an outside source and I have nothing to do with it.
Something tells me the public school system is trying to compete more strongly with hagwons. We'll see!