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Chung Dahm Institute
CDI in Busan (Busan branches) (Seoul + other city branches)
Oh Sung Sik English Club
BCM Language Centers
YBM ECC Read More »


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I work with many English teachers on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. I’ve heard almost all the different stories and
complaints from not having enough supplies to support one’s teaching environment to pay issues that run the gamut. Many complaints are justified and many come from the desire to improve the working environment to become a better instructor. At the same time, many complaints about the work they take on could have been easily addressed by really doing a bit ofresearch on their school, asking many detailed and specific questions and getting as much possible in writing.

Here’s my best advice in giving the future teachers and even some of the current ones who plan on staying in Korea “What to ask their next recruiter or employer?”

1) Do you have a curriculum? Read More »

Published originally in the Korea Herald on 2007.11.21

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Korean households’ monthly private education expenditures rose to record levels during the third quarter of the year, the National Statistical Office said yesterday.

According to the NSO’s quarterly household accounts report, local households spent more than 143,000 won ($153) on private lessons and hagwon tuition each month of the last quarter. During the same period, local households’ total education-related spending, including regular school fees, averaged approximately 303,000 won. Read More »

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According to statistics reported in the Joongang Ilbo on November 8, 2007, there are currently 17,020 native English speakers working in South Korea on an E-2 Visa. There are many others who may have other types of visas, but since the E-2 visa is the most popular, I would argue it’s about 20,000 or so…maybe topping out at 25 to 30,000, but less likely that there are other types of visa holders. Who knows though? There are statistics available online that may be able to reveal the exact number.

Originally published Updated July.3,2007 10:33 KST here

Seoul Metropolitan Police arrested two Canadians for working as English instructors with a fake bachelor’s degree and booked seven other foreigners and Koreans either on the same charge or for employing them. To work as an English instructor, foreigners have to get an E-2 visa permitting them to teach English in Korea. The visa is granted to applicants who have either a BA from universities in English-speaking countries or an English-language diploma from universities in non-English speaking countries. Read More »

 Originally published Updated Sep.6,2007 07:57 KST here

Six native English instructors from a well-known language institute in Gangnam were arrested for smoking hashish, an illegal narcotic. Some of the teachers allegedly taught students while high on the drug.

A 24-year-old Canadian instructor allegedly bought the drug from a source in a bar popular with foreigners in Itaewon after moving to Korea in 2005. The teacher is said to have smoked the drug five to six times a week.

The teacher also allegedly bought from W2 million to W30 million worth of hashish, enough for 20 uses, and resold or gave it to other instructors and his Korean girlfriend.

Six of 14 native English instructors at the school were arrested. The arrested allegedly showed up at work and gave English lessons to young children after smoking the drug.

“They smoked hashish openly at birthday parties, on the banks of the Han River, in bars in Itaewon and in clubs near Hongik University,” police said.

Two Korean girlfriends of the instructors were also arrested for smoking the drug.

Police suggested that qualification checks for the E-2 visa for foreign English teachers be strengthened by requiring a health inspection or a drug test in addition to checking diplomas.

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Originally published here: 2007.11.15

PAJU, Gyeonggi Province – Gyeonggi English Village is a mega-project with a question mark. The question is whether or not the millions of dollars spent on the development are paying off by improving the language skills of students or motivating them to study English.

Laid out on a tract of land an hour’s drive north of Seoul, the language theme park boasts some top-notch facilities and impressive architecture designed to transport visitors to an idealistic Western hamlet. Its main street is dotted with many of the conveniences you would find in a regular English town: restaurants, a pub, bakery, coffee shop, bookstore, library, theater, concert hall, exhibition center, and a city hall. Visitors do not just enter, they immigrate to a land where English is the official language and they are encouraged to use it to conduct their daily activities. Read More »

Originally published 11-13-2007 17:27 here

By Carlton U. Forbes

According to the Oxford English Corpus, the English language has recently acquired its one-billionth word. Yet, it is estimated that the average native English speaker uses only about 50,000 of these words in most verbal exchanges.

While words like `apt’ and `astute’ are rarely used, others like `ok’ and `yes’ are ceaselessly repeated ad-infinitum. Read More »

Originally published 11-11-2007 17:23 here:

By Lucas Murray

Well, I guess we needn’t worry about terrorists or folks north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). If recent press reports are to be believed, it’s your standard garden-variety English teacher that poses the greatest threat.

In his article entitled “Taking Back the Classroom” published in the Nov. 2 edition of The Korea Times, Mr. Steve Schertzer said, “The major problem with teachers today… a lack of responsibility and leadership.” Read More »

Originally published 05-30-2007 17:56 here

 By Park Sun-jong

A few months ago, I had my SAT Reasoning Test score canceled. If I recall correctly, I did not violate any rules set by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), which administers the test, such as sharing the test questions with someone else. Read More »