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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Support for coed schools dwindles
Support for coed schools dwindles

Here’s some good discussion fodder with ESL classes. A coed high school in Daegu returns back to its all-male roots, which exposes debate over which format is better. Other schools are expected to follow suit.

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. […]

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 […]