Gyeonggi-do public schools will be trying a new twist to create more English learning influences for students out of the classroom. Coming soon to 150 elementary and middle schools in the province will be
teachers aides, who will be asked to work among students in playgrounds, cafeterias, libraries, and school stores, and communicate with them only in English.
The Gyeonggi Ministry of Education plans to secure a budget of roughly 6 million Won per school. Once the budgets are set, they will then determine as to which schools will start the new agenda.
The English aides tasked to work in these new English environments will be employed from India, Philippines, Koreans who have lived abroad, university students proficient in English, and even migrant factory workers.
Also, in areas of the province that are in the vicinity of US bases, such as Pyeongtaek, additional education centers will be set up to run English classes, taught by base personnel, diplomats, and/or their family members.
The provincial government body will monitor results and consider expanding the program to more public schools, as time goes on.