Farmers seek edge to prosper from China FTA

Despite gloomy agriculture outlook, SMEs prepare for China opportunity Published July 4, 2013, on The Korea Herald This is the second and last in a series on the impact of the potential Korea-China Free Trade Agreement on the local agriculture industry. Seo Ji-yeon contributed to this article. ― Ed.   With Korean and Chinese policymakers due to wrap up the sixth round of negotiations on a free trade agreement between the two countries in Busan on Thursday, thousands of agriculture workers from across the country have been marching through the city in protest. More than 3,000 farmers wearing red protest…

TEE slowly gains foothold in Korea

Teachers believe Teaching English in English can work with stronger reform Published May 15, 2013, on The Korea Herald This is the third and final in a follow-up series to one which was published in the Expat Living section on March 6 and 13 and covered the ongoing native English teacher phaseouts in certain regions. This three-part series further assesses the native English teacher program as well as the Teaching English in English initiative for Korean teachers of English in primary and secondary public schools. ― Ed. Teachers, education observers and policymakers alike cannot agree on what is wrong with…

English teacher training program faces resistance

Teaching English in English program faces criticism for low participation, murky evaluations Published May 9, 2013, on The Korea Herald   This is the second in a follow-up series to one which was published in the Expat Living section on March 6 and 13 and covered the ongoing native English teacher phaseouts in certain regions. This three-part series further assesses the native English teacher program as well as the Teaching English in English initiative for Korean teachers of English in primary and secondary public schools. ― Ed.   One trainer likened it to boot camp. Arduous 9-to-5 classes with only…

Native English teacher head count continues decline

As regional programs continue phaseouts, competence of Korean teachers called into question Published May 2, 2013, on The Korea Herald This is the first in a three-part follow-up series to one which was published in the Expat Living section on March 6 and 13 and covered the ongoing native English teacher phaseouts in certain regions nationwide. This series further assesses the native English teacher program as well as the Teaching English in English initiative for Korean teachers of English in primary and secondary public schools. Intern reporters Choi In-jeong, Lee Sang-ju and Suh Hye-rim contributed to this series. ― Ed.…

No two chaebol are alike, author says

Published April 9, 2013, in The Korea Herald While Koreans’ rising presence on the global stage is hard to ignore, how to do business with them as a non-Korean is an increasingly tricky area little covered in English-language literature. Don Southerton explores the niche with his recently published book “Korea Facing: Secrets for Success in Korean Global Business,” which picks apart how to work with a Korean conglomerate from the ground up, for non-Koreans working in Korean branches overseas. “Over the years I witnessed firsthand cross-cultural issues that surfaced as Korean companies expanded globally. My role has been to address these issues…

How much of a difference do native English teachers make?

As public schools wind down NET programs, teachers look back on how effective their input was Published March 13, 2013, on The Korea Herald   This is the last in a two-part series on the native English teacher phaseouts in public schools. Intern reporter Lee Sang-ju contributed to this series. ― Ed.   Times have changed since Canadian Sabrina Hill first came to Korea in 2005 to teach English. The English teacher program that year was gaining momentum with the number of native teachers in public schools reaching 1,178 and rising to 5,553 by 2008. “We were treated as a…

Saying goodbye to an era

Cuts to native English teacher programs begin to set in Published March 6, 2013 in The Korea Herald This is the first in a two-part series on the native English teacher phaseouts in public schools. The second, featuring native English teachers’ further assessments of the program, will be published next week. Intern reporter Lee Sang-ju contributed to this series. ― Ed.   As more than 500 students at Jungwon Middle School in Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province, gear up for another school year this week, their teacher Zenas Hubbard has cleaned out his classroom and already said goodbye. “The last week of school…

Foreign start-ups hope city’s support breeds success

Seoul Global Business Centers offer multitude of free services for foreign start-ups Published Nov. 13, 2012, in The Korea Herald The following is the first in a series of stories featuring support and networking systems for foreigner-owned businesses in Korea. ― Ed.   Lia Iovenitti, president of market entry assistance company Conselit, put it like this: “The more you’re successful, the more money you earn, the more taxes you pay, the more Korean employees you employ. So the more successful we are, the better it goes for the Seoul Metropolitan Government and for the business situation. It’s a win-win situation for…

Youth start-up programs young, but blooming

Public and private sectors boost entrepreneurial support to tackle nation’s unemployment problem Published Oct. 3, 2012, on The Korea Herald   In an effort to tackle youth unemployment and boost young people’s enthusiasm for starting their own businesses in a conglomerate-dominated economy, the public and private sectors alike are boosting their entrepreneurship programs for ambitious new university graduates. Chung Ju-yung Entrepreneurship Competition The latest of these programs is the Asan Nanum Foundation’s Chung Ju-yung Entrepreneurship Competition, which awarded its first six winning teams in August for their ambitious industrial ideas. Created by the Asan Nanum Foundation, which is funded by…