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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 […]

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 […]

Daegu Language Exchange
Daegu Language Exchange

The Daegu Friendship Club’s first event has been announced and it’ll be a language exchange in downtown Daegu. We haven’t decided on location, as of yet, as we first need to suss out how much attendance it might get. Make sure you register and/or login to Facebook, to confirm your spot!

New ESL hiring requirement…”Anything Goes”

Holy fucking shit! The government plans this month to ease the qualifications needed by native speakers to teach English. Instead of having to have graduated from university, teacher assistants will now only be required to have completed one year of their university course. However, hagwon have to stick to current regulations. The discrepancies in English […]

Hagwon tuitions rise 15%; directors blame high oil prices
Hagwon tuitions rise 15%; directors blame high oil prices

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2008/06/117_25906.html —– Private cram schools or “hagwon” are moving to raise tuition charges, citing the rising cost of bus operation and other expenses on soaring oil prices. Hagwon owners say bus operation costs increased more than 20 percent because of surging oil prices over the last three months. They are also complaining that costs to […]

Don’t forget about the ESL Expo that starts tomorrow!
Don’t forget about the ESL Expo that starts tomorrow!

http://everydaykorea.com/2008/06/esl-expo-coming-to-exco-this-month/ KOTESOL will also be represented there.

Interview with Samsung HR, “TOEFL & TOEIC requirements will be scrapped”
Interview with Samsung HR, “TOEFL & TOEIC requirements will be scrapped”

There are not many greater influences that can shape the whole English Education industry in Korea, more than Samsung HR. Some may claim that Lee Myung Park’s English policies set the tone and/or the Ministry of Education. Some foreign teachers look to Immigration as being the tail that wags the dog in their aspect of […]

70% of Korean office workers are addicted to the need to study English

This just in from the Korea Times. About seven in 10 office workers are showing signs of “English addiction syndrome” where they feel uneasy if they are not studying it, according to YBM Sisa. The leading language institute surveyed 1,837 office workers and more than 40 percent of respondents said they spend over 100,000 won […]