1-7 international students are So. Korean

October 20, 2008

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–Students from South Korea make up nearly 15 percent of international students at U.S. colleges and universities, the U.S. government says. The Korean Times reported Saturday that the 115,852 South Koreans studying in the United States account for 14.9 percent of all the international students in American schools. full story

Ethnic Koreans Face Tougher Screening

October 20, 2008

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–The authorities are moving to require ethnic Koreans to submit documents proving they have no criminal record and undergo drug testing when they apply for English teaching positions here.  “We understand hagwon (private language institutes) and after-school programs lack the system of weeding full story

Quality Education, Qualified Teachers

October 17, 2008

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–There is a general assumption that one of the problems with English education in Korea is the poor quality of English teachers. Is this true? How do we decide who is a “quality teacher?” How do we define “qualified?” I distinctly remember a conversation I had many years ago. I was with other native-speaker English teachers at a nightspot in Seoul. full story

English Teachers Bring Drugs to South Korea

October 10, 2008

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–When Jason Glunt quit working for his grandfather’s floral business in Sacramento, Calif., he decided the next job must be, at the least, adventurous, if not different. A business major from San Diego State University, the 26-year-old’s many Korean-American friends pointed him toward a decent paying job, with the added bonus of a fun and wild life full story

Gov’t to Raise Spending for 2009 English Education

October 7, 2008

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–The government said Sunday it will expand the education budget to develop training programs for English teachers and recruit more native English-speaking teachers. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology announced Sunday that it will spend a total of 19.5 billion won ($15.9 million) next year, up 12.2 billion won from a year earlier, full story