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Teachers seek to reshape English education

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I think this is a step in the right direction.

They all have to study English, but students have a hard time linking what they learn in school with what society expects from them.

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, seeking to recognize the efforts of teachers, has comprised a list of the top schools across the country with creative English programs to address this problem.

It’s obvious that there’s an English education craze here in Korea.  That may be an understatement, I know.  It’s the reason why all of us are here after all.  It’s a big business but how many Koreans do you know that speak English at even a near-fluent level?

Choi said almost all the students at the school memorize the phrases, and even apply them. Choi said that they believe the scholastic ability test is important, but their students, recognizing the importance, constantly seek other English skills.

Again with the damn memorization.  It can only possibly get you decent scores on a test but critical thinking is much more important that remembering how to say something.

They should just save their money and follow what this guy is advocating.  Of course we’d all be out of the job though if that went wide-scale.

Written by recruiterinkorea

January 3, 2011 at 10:18 am

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  1. The trend at public elementary schools now, I am seeing, is getting away from the memorization “parrot” English teaching. Instead they want to emulate what they have seen on EBS programs. I think this is great and gives the Native Teacher more control but it also is creating an image problem. In my opinion, it is impossible for a teacher to act like a clown everyday for every class. Plus the students need a variety of “clownish” and “seriousness” in the classroom.

    It’s great their thinking “creatively” on how to teach English. But really they should see the big picture. The whole education system should incorporate creative and positive means of education. It rubs me the wrong way that English class is the only place they experience this. Kids should have the opportunity to have a Science or History class taught in the same manner.

    All of this ties in with the fact that a punishment or class management system is no longer in place. I don’t want to see corporal punishment come back. But things like creative teaching with positive encouragement are step in the right direction.

    I am hopeful Korean educators will learn new ways to teach and adopt styles from other countries. But really I know I am too much of an idealist.


    January 3, 2011 at 11:04 am

  2. I think the guy from “Fluent in 3 Months” says it the best: “You need to speak the language from day one.” Confidence and a willingness to make mistakes are the biggest things missing from Korean English education today.


    February 5, 2011 at 3:16 am

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