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What Makes English Teachers Qualified?

April 7, 2009

In November, the government first announced it would hire a couple thousand Korean “lecturers” proficient in spoken English to teach in the public schools in lieu of native speakers. The plan was controversial, both among foreigners and to one of the teachers’ unions, which said it didn’t want more “unqualified” teachers in schools. 

In late March the news resurfaced when the government said it hoped to hire 5,000 Korean teachers for “practical English” courses. One official said it was a good idea to hire Korean teachers because “[f]oreign native English speakers cannot teach students without Korean teachers, but the newly recruited teachers can teach on their own.” 

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