Monthly Archives: January 2008

23,000 new (English) teachers under Lee proposal (in Korea)

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23,000 new teachers under Lee proposal
January 31, 2008
Lee Myung-bak’s drive to get Koreans to speak better English drew further opposition yesterday as his transition team unveiled a plan to hire 23,000 new English teachers between 2010 and 2013, all of them able to teach English classes completely in English. Continue reading

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[Opinion] Results aren’t everything

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originally from: http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2885723 – January 31, 2008

Sometimes an illusion makes people stray too far from where they should be, both virtually and physically. For example, we often see some people hanging around in bars, indulging in a sensuous life. In addition, extravagant people frequently visit department stores, not paying attention to whether they can afford to shop there.
If a person does something rash, we can be open-minded and consider the fact that he is blind with passion. However, if a person neglects his duties and does something really off the wall, we believe he should look back at what he did and reflect about the wrongdoing. Continue reading

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English-immersion plan dropped by Lee’s Presidential team in Korea

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January 30, 2008
Lee Myung-bak’s transition team has backed off its pledge to have some academic subjects, such as mathematics, science and history, be taught in English in public schools by 2010.
It has kept its controversial plan, however, to require English classes to be taught completely in English by then. Continue reading

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English headache for Lee myung-bak’s transition committee

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January 30, 2008
President-elect Lee Myung-bak’s transition committee has been creating increasing confusion over its plan to strengthen English education.
The committee called off the English-immersion education plan, which required all subjects to be taught in English, before even a week had passed since the introduction of the measure. Continue reading

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[Outlook section in the JoongAng Ilbo] An Indian passage to English

We can solve our English education problems by importing talented Indian human resources.
January 29, 2008
The New York Times recently ran a story about Kenneth Tham, a high school student in California. The American boy is being tutored by an instructor living in India via the Internet. They see each other through a Webcam and speak through a headset; if Kenneth asks a question, the instructor writes down an explanation on a message board. Continue reading

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Opinion in the JoonAng Ilbo: Control your words

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It is an excessive show of its will and an abuse of power for the transition team to directly announce sensitive policy issues in specific detail.
January 29, 2008
During the early stages of the Kim Dae-jung administration, strange placards suddenly started to appear in front of public elementary, middle and high schools. They read, “Let’s not give or accept any presents.”
It happened at a time when Lee Hae-chan, the minister of education at the time, was actively pursuing educational reform.
How did that turn out? Continue reading

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Teachers in Korea are not convinced

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January 28, 2008
Education circles are worrying about the new government’s policies. In particular, teachers, who stand at the forefront of overhauling major educational systems, seem ill at ease.
The Korean Federation of Teachers’ Association announced yesterday that 60 percent of teachers disagree with the government’s plan about English language education.
The plan is for both English and other subject classes in high schools be taught completely in English from 2010. Continue reading

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Korean Presidential Transition team firm on English changes in South Korea

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January 26, 2008

In response to widespread skepticism over the recent announcement that fluent English speakers will teach high school English classes by 2010, the president-elect’s transition team said yesterday that the plan will work out just fine.

“We respect the criticism of our plan to change the public education of English,” said Lee Dong-kwan, the spokesman for the transition team working for the incoming Lee Myung-bak administration. “But our goal is to get rid of ‘goose daddies,’ and unless we settle the problems in public education we can’t do anything about private education.” Continue reading

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More English classes in Korea sought

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January 25, 2008
English classes in high schools should be taught completely in English in 2010, a member of President-elect Lee Myung-bak’s transition team said yesterday.
If the education reform policies are changed as proposed, English-immersion education will also be launched starting next year. Continue reading

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Hangul may help others record history

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January 19, 2008
hangul.jpg Lee Hyun-bok, 72, believes that Hangul, or the Korean alphabet, can be learned in a day.
An honorary professor of phonetics and linguistics at Seoul National University, Lee said Hangul is just that simple.
He witnessed the Lahu people, an ethnic group living in northern Thailand, learning Hangul in almost no time.
For a decade, the professor has been encouraging the Lahu people to adopt the Korean alphabet so they can record their history, myths and other material on paper ― something they weren’t able to do in the past. Stories were handed down orally. Continue reading

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Seoul National University staff getting rated on English and manners

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SNU staff getting rated on English and manners
January 23, 2008
Staff members are attending cram schools to work on their English and sweating out student evaluations under new rules at the country’s most prestigious university.
A staff position at Seoul National University has usually been looked upon with envy by workers elsewhere because of its secure tenure compared with other workplaces and the school’s reputation.
The envy is subsiding a bit. In July, the school announced that all university staff members (not professors) born later than 1971 must improve their language skills in the global market. Continue reading

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Cram school (Hagwons) delight (in Korea)

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January 24, 2008
Korea’s already-thriving private English education market is showing further signs of a boom. The market-wide buzz came after the power transition team for the upcoming administration recently announced a plan to replace the current English test in the national college entrance exam with a new form of English proficiency test. Continue reading

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Teacher may be fired for naked punishment

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January 31, 2008
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“May” be fired? If this teacher isn’t fired, I think I’m going to have to do more than just post the article here about the incident. I’ll be publishing the article below about this incident where a teacher punished their 4 year old student by keeping outside naked below.

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The haters are out in force these days…

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As posted earlier about getting yelled on the KTX train about speaking in English too loudly and I’m not sure if I failed to mention already getting told on other occasions to stop speaking in English so loudly, but last night I had the weirdest incident of them all. One day after my friend Laura and I were talking about her friends and her getting yelled at on the subway for talking in English, my coworker and I were speaking in English on the subway home in a relatively quiet manner across from this middle aged Korean guy. For some reason, the stories always start off with some “middle aged Korean guy” (these are always the guys who get pissed off for some reason). Continue reading

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VOIP seems to be a hit…

I keep a few blogs to see how they will do with adwords advertising.  Most of them are pretty sad as far as creating any click throughs, but this website I created called http://almostfreephone.com seems to be very popular and will build the boys college fund.  🙂

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