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.…

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…

Is Korea’s EFL education failing?

Published March 2013 in Groove Korea   Kelly Choi is an 11-year-old entering fourth grade in Seoul’s Gangnam district. She spends some 10 hours studying in seven English classes every week — more than three-fourths the class time of all her other subjects combined, not counting homework. Statistically, Kelly (her English name) is behind her classmates. She began studying English in first grade, but half her Gangnam peers started before kindergarten. And when they get to middle and high school, they will spend more than 15,000 hours studying the language. “I want her to go to university in the U.S.,”…