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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 […]

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.

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 […]

Schools testing for fire and earthquake response
Schools testing for fire and earthquake response

Students at Bisan Elementary School in west Daegu rush under their desks at the sound of wailing alarms. In the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes in China, Korean schools all over the country hastily conducted fire alarm drills this past week to appease concerned mothers and media ensure that response times to emergencies are up-to-speed. […]

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. […]

CCTV cameras going up in Daegu schoolyards
CCTV cameras going up in Daegu schoolyards

In light of the recent schoolyard sexual assault incident, schools across the city are installing CCTV cameras in blindspots, like this elementary school in Chimsan-dong. (From Maeil)

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 […]

English teachers to work in school playgrounds, cafeterias, and libraries

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 […]