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New ESL hiring requirement…”Anything Goes”

Holy fucking shit! The government plans this month to ease the qualifications needed by native speakers to teach English. Instead of having to have graduated from university, teacher assistants will now only be required to have completed one year of their university course. However, hagwon have to stick to current regulations. The discrepancies in English […]

Hagwon tuitions rise 15%; directors blame high oil prices
Hagwon tuitions rise 15%; directors blame high oil prices

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2008/06/117_25906.html —– Private cram schools or “hagwon” are moving to raise tuition charges, citing the rising cost of bus operation and other expenses on soaring oil prices. Hagwon owners say bus operation costs increased more than 20 percent because of surging oil prices over the last three months. They are also complaining that costs to […]

The feistiness of SNSD and their fan base
The feistiness of SNSD and their fan base

SNSD is a popular Korean girl band that has been frequently searched on Naver of late, and is oft considered to be the girl version of Super Junior. But underneath all the feelgood hype is a ferociously intense world of fan clubs, rivals, and sniping. Some members of SNSD have put their feet in their […]

Don’t forget about the ESL Expo that starts tomorrow!
Don’t forget about the ESL Expo that starts tomorrow!

http://everydaykorea.com/2008/06/esl-expo-coming-to-exco-this-month/ KOTESOL will also be represented there.

LG is gonna need some big-time email coaching
LG is gonna need some big-time email coaching

LG Electronics has 82 offices overseas who employ a mix of Koreans and non-Koreans. Until now, inter-office and intra-office emails have frequently been written fully or partly in Korean, regardless if a non-Korean was being CC’d in the email. Well, as of now, that all stops, according to LG’s head office, who has taken an […]

Interview with Samsung HR, “TOEFL & TOEIC requirements will be scrapped”
Interview with Samsung HR, “TOEFL & TOEIC requirements will be scrapped”

There are not many greater influences that can shape the whole English Education industry in Korea, more than Samsung HR. Some may claim that Lee Myung Park’s English policies set the tone and/or the Ministry of Education. Some foreign teachers look to Immigration as being the tail that wags the dog in their aspect of […]

70% of Korean office workers are addicted to the need to study English

This just in from the Korea Times. About seven in 10 office workers are showing signs of “English addiction syndrome” where they feel uneasy if they are not studying it, according to YBM Sisa. The leading language institute surveyed 1,837 office workers and more than 40 percent of respondents said they spend over 100,000 won […]

Hagwon director gets prison time for molesting woman at nightclub

An interesting change of pace to reveal that foreign teachers are not the only ones who are sex-crazed alcoholics. Last summer in Guri, a woman was in a private room at a nightclub, drinking with friends. She stumbled off to the washroom and later came back and couldn’t remember which room she was drinking in. […]

21 American pervs denied access to Korea
21 American pervs denied access to Korea

21 horn dogs were denied entry to Korean room salons, anmas, massage parlors, adult PC rooms, Korea last week to ensure that they keep their hands off kids. Seriously, though, I’m glad that they are at least doing this right. This reminds me of a time when I was recruiting and I did a background […]

Big hiring boosts planned at Daegu public schools in 2008

By the end of this year, the Gyeongbuk Ministry of Education plans to have foreign teachers working in 700 out of 780 elementary and public schools throughout Daegu and Gyeongbuk province. There are currently 140 teachers working in the region’s public schools, however, they plan to hire another 180, to bring the total up to […]