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KOTESOL International Conference Brings Back More
KOTESOL International Conference Brings Back More

KOTESOL International Conference brings useful and helpful information for all of the foreign teachers in Korea. Korea’s largest annual English teachers’ conference returns October 12-13, 2013 (Saturday-Sunday). About 1,400 English teachers are expected to meet at the 21st annual KOTESOL International Conference in Seoul to hear and share from the world’s top language educators and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]