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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Daegu hagwons worried about tuiton disclosure

More on the planned tuition disclosure agenda that the government is planning to roll out. A source within the Daegu Foreign Language Hagwon Association says that a lot of schools are worrying and the Association, in addition to hagwon associations throughout the country, are feverishly bribing lobbying the federal government to relax on this critical […]

Web boom in English-obsessed Korea

Armed with the world’s fastest Internet and an even stronger desire to learn English, South Koreans are using the latest Web resources to master a language that is the economic and emotional focus of their education. On any given day, students ranging from kids learning their alphabet to adults preparing for job interviews sign in […]

Int’l Middle Schools Brew Irregularities

Even before their inception, two proposed international middle schools are being used as vehicles to make irregular gains by private cram schools, or hagwon ― an indication that more illegalities are in store involving the Seoul elite schools. The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education said it has caught 34 private hagwon producing false and exaggerated […]