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Disney to start opening up hagwons in Korea?
Disney to start opening up hagwons in Korea?

Disney (NYSE: DIS) established its first English learning center in Shanghai on October 14 and plans to expand its education business across China after 2009, reports China Business News quoting Disney English studies senior vice president and general manager Tang Anzu. The company is also considering testing the new business in Korea, Brazil and Russia […]

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 […]

Korean parents saying that overseas education cost, too expensive

Money is dwindling for parents who send funds overseas to help for the costs of their children studying abroad. The amount of funds being wired has dropped 5% over last year and is expected to rapidly curtail over this next year, as parents gripe about the high costs of airfare, exchange rates, and now the […]

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 […]

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, […]

Schools Face Fierce Competition

Seoul Citizens Vote for Conservative Education Chief By Kang Shin-who Staff Reporter Elementary and secondary schools are expected to strengthen their English education classes and take steps to boost competition among students and schools after Seoul citizens elected Kong Jeong-taek, 74, superintendent of the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education. In line with the market-oriented education […]

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 […]

Incheon hagwon being investigated for suspicion of bribery, fraud
Incheon hagwon being investigated for suspicion of bribery, fraud

It’s this time of year when Korean elementary school students are gearing up for big year-end tests at public schools, which include testing their English prowess, listening skills, etc…Hagwons often market themselves for being able to prep students well for these tests, boasting their excellent curriculum, hand-picked teaching staff, or anything else that might swoon […]