‘Other English(es)’ teachers

December 10, 2008

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–The days of “The Queen’s English” are long since past. English is now a global language, shared not by only the British, N. Americans and Australians, but S. Africans, Singaporeans, Filipinos, Indians, Jamaicans, and many others. In this situation, we can full story
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Most Native English Teachers in Seoul are Unqualified

November 25, 2008

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–It has been reported that some of the native English instructors working in Seoul’s schools are uncertified or have not taken TESOL, a special course for teachers of English to foreigners. According to a report on an audit submitted to Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education on Monday by Nam Jae-kyong of Seoul Metropolitan Council, just 166, or 20.5 percent full story
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21% of Foreign Teachers Hold Teaching Licenses

November 25, 2008

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–About 21 percent of native English-speaking teachers at primary and secondary schools in Seoul hold teaching licenses. According to data provided by the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education to Nam Jae-kyong, a Seoul Metropolitan Council member, 166, or 20.5 percent of 810 foreign English teachers at schools in Seoul, have teaching licenses. full story
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Half of Seoul’s Native English-Speaking Teachers Not Qualified

November 24, 2008

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–Half of the native English-speaking teachers placed at elementary, middle and high schools in Seoul do not have teaching degrees or certificates, a government report said Monday. Among 810 native English-speakers full story
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Lessons in Intercultural Communication

November 4, 2008

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–When it comes to communicating across different cultures, understanding the language may be just the beginning. A leading intercultural communications expert said that the ability to “read between the lines” and understanding non-spoken expressions in various cultural contexts is also an important part of communication full story


Qualified Koreans to Serve as English Lecturers

October 29, 2008

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–The government is overhauling its plan to recruit 23,000 new assistant English teachers among Koreans who don’t have teaching licenses, said the nation’s top educator. To improve English education, the government had planned to give them civil servant positions under 3-5 year renewable contracts. This plan, originally proposed by President Lee full story
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96% of Private Kindergartens Offer English Classes

October 27, 2008

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–Nearly all private kindergartens run English classes, Rep. Choi Jae-sung of the Democratic Party said Thursday. Choi conducted a survey of 274 private kindergartens across the country and found that 262 or 96 percent provide English classes. The monthly tuition for English classes averaged at 25,000 won per child. The kindergartens were found to full story  related story


Competition is forcing English into kindergartens

October 27, 2008

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–More than nine out of 10 private Korean kindergartens are disregarding the curriculum determined by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and are teaching English to their students. Teaching English in kindergarten is illegal under the Early Childhood Education law. In South Korea, the kindergarten curriculum is under the jurisdiction full story  related story


‘English’ city lies at heart of Jeju’s development plans

October 24, 2008

JEJU, SOUTH KOREA–First there were English villages where Korean students could go to practice their language skills. Now there are plans to build an entire city where the lingua franca, including the medium of instruction, will be English. It’s a highly ambitious plan and one fraught with challenges, especially given the uncertainty of the global economy. But, if it works, full story


‘Salad Bowl’ of English Teaching

October 22, 2008

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–Diversity has been the chief buzzword in education across the globe over the past 30 years. Few would challenge the benefits of a broader perspective, of social inclusion, of representative sampling. On the other hand, aspects have been hotly contested, such as affirmative action and desegregation. full story