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Teachers, Parents Skeptical of New English Test Plan

December 23, 2008

The government’s plan to introduce a new state-certified English aptitude test to replace TOEFL and other English exams is drawing negative responses from many private English educators and teachers.

Critics said that the government’s plan looks ‘too hasty” and lacks ‘clear purpose’.  They also said it will never help cut costs for private cram schools or language institutes as opposed to the government’s claim.

“The government is unveiling English polices too hastily without sufficient studies of current educational problems at schools,” said Jeon Byung-man, English education professor of Chonbuk National University.  “People take TOEFL for overseas studies or employment.  But the government’s new test has no clear purpose.  Why should someone take it?”  Click her to read story

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