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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 […]

Government study in favor of native English teachers
Government study in favor of native English teachers

Fresh on the heels of recent government studies that poo-poo the notion of employing native English teachers in Korea, a refreshing new study confirms that native English teachers should remain to play a vital role in the ESL industry in this country. The Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training issued a research report […]

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 […]

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 […]

TESOL program at Yeungjin College

Jang Young Chul, a dean at Yeungjin College in Daegu, announced that the Daegu Metropolitan Office of Education has authorized Yeungjin College to train elementary school English teachers in Daegu through TESOL. They will start training the teachers on August 1, 2008. As a result of this, Yeungjin College and the University of New Brunswick, […]

British Kindergarten Teacher Accused of Sexual Harassment

By Kang Shin-who Staff Reporter The parents of a four-year-old girl are accusing a British kindergarten teacher of having sexually molested her. “The teacher sexually harassed my daughter by kissing her on the lips and touching her teeth with his finger. My daughter disliked it very much. Other teachers including the principal at the kindergarten […]

Non-western foreigners busted for teaching English

From Korea Times By Park Si-soo Staff Reporter A group of illegal foreign residents from Middle East and African countries were apprehended Wednesday for teaching children English at 30 private language institutes in Seoul. The Korea Immigration Service said it had detained four Iranians, one Libyan and one Moroccan. The agency said the six had […]

Foreign College Students allowed to teach at GEPIK schools
Foreign College Students allowed to teach at GEPIK schools

The Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education is seeking to to recruit approximately 600 university students from English-speaking countries as paid interns this year. Those selected for the program will teach students in cooperation with Korean teachers at elementary and secondary schools in the province. It will be the first-ever program for foreign college students to […]