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Asan Great Admiral Yi Sun-Sin Festival
Asan Great Admiral Yi Sun-Sin Festival

Asan Great Admiral Yi Sun-Sin Festival The Asan Great Admiral Yi Sun-Sin Festival celebrates one of Korea’s most famous war heroes, Yi Sun-Sin. This Admiral defeated the Japanese in a momentous naval battle about 460 years ago. The actual festival takes place around the same period as the Admiral’s birthdate on April 28 in order […]

Korean teacher on English education industry: “What use is studying English without goals?”
Korean teacher on English education industry: “What use is studying English without goals?”

A Korean English teacher is at the forefront of seeking change within Korea’s English Education industry and trying to give a wake-up call to policy makers. “The most common critique of English education is that you can’t even say a sentence right, despite having studied English at school for 10 years. But is it really […]

‘Learning English = Hell’, almost 50% of surveyed Korean students claim
‘Learning English = Hell’, almost 50% of surveyed Korean students claim

Kyunghyang Newspaper recently conducted an English education survey of 95 sixth graders from elementary schools in Seoul, over an 11 day period in July. To compare and analyze, they picked one school each from Gangnam-gu, Gangbuk-gu, Mapo-gu, and other innovation schools. The survey was essentially to gauge student opinion of learning English by completing the […]

Foreign Teacher Raped in Seoul; Cigarette Butt Leads to Arrest
Foreign Teacher Raped in Seoul; Cigarette Butt Leads to Arrest

News is breaking?from various sources today about Seoul Police announcing details regarding the arrest of a Korean man who allegedly raped a Canadian female English teacher. Seocho-gu Police in Seoul announced today that they arrested a Korean male accused of raping a Canadian English teacher. According to the police, the man (only announced by his […]

Foreign teachers in Daejeon save drowning Korean woman
Foreign teachers in Daejeon save drowning Korean woman

Heartwarming expat news is coming out of Daejeon, at the moment, as local news reports are indicating that a pair of native English teachers saved a drowning Korean woman. The married foreign couple were taking a walk near the Expo Bridge in Mannyeong-dong of Daejeon's Seo-gu district, when they heard a sound coming from the […]

Drastic reduction of foreign teachers in Gyeonggi-do
Drastic reduction of foreign teachers in Gyeonggi-do

  At peak employment in 2010, 2,256 native English instructors were once employed throughout Gyeonggi-do’s public school system, however, due to budget revisions, their number has now dwindled to 1,207 teachers, as of this year. Further cutbacks are being planning, which has opened debate among parents who are for and against the changes. The Gyeonggi Ministry […]

Teaching Illegally ? Risky, But Wrong?

Many foreigners choose to teach English in (South) Korea without the required documentation ? illegally. They may have had a visa initially and are unable or unwilling to obtain a new one, or they might simply have began teaching without any visa whatsoever. Still other individuals, with visas to teach at specific institutions, teach students […]

Ewha to Establish TESOL Graduate School

Ewha Womans University will open a TESOL graduate school next March to meet the growing demand for English teachers. “Our school has been prominent in English education and will lead Korea’s TESOL education with the new graduate school,’’ university President Lee Bae-yong told reporters at a press meeting to celebrate the second anniversary of her […]

Christopher Neil gets light sentence

Only 3 years and change. Unless he gets more from being charged about the other boy or any others who come forward. Otherwise, he’ll surely be back in the ESL circuit by the time he is 40. And given how long he had Interpol guessing, one can only imagine he’ll go to greater lengths to […]

Hagwon market ripe for another explosion

There’s about $10 billion won a year (mind you, 50% of that is going to brokers who line up the students with schooling and homestay families) being spent by Korean families to send their children abroad to study foreign languages. And the surge has increased even more due to the new government’s aggressive plans for […]