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Welcome to Expacked (Issue #42)

October 15, 2009

It’s safe to say we are now well into fall and the cooler weather is finally starting to bring out the color in the trees.  While I may not be looking forward to the colder weather, I am keen on taking some great photos of the changing season.

I have been to a lot of school “open classes” over the last week or two and I have been amazed at the money many of the public schools have been putting into their “English Zones”.

Korea in Fall

As well as the English classroom, many schools have new role-play areas where they kitted out whole rooms as “real life” airplane cabins, doctors rooms and 7/11 stores.

One school even had a video recording studio attached to their English room, where students were able to act against a blue screen and actually appear within the video (which was played on a HUGE touchscreen TV).

Although all of these things cost money, you only have to look at the students to tell that they are far more immersed in their English and the real world around them.  This really expands the options available to teachers and we can only hope that this also helps the students improve their English abilities.

I am really interested to hear what your school or organisation has done to upgrade their English facilities.  Has this enabled you do to a lot more in your classes?

As usual, Korea has a lot of news this week that are of interest to us, as teachers, and a list these stories are on the right-hand-side of Expacked.  Feel free to comment on any of the stories and, of course, tell people where you found out about them.

I hope you enjoy the read and have a laugh at this week’s joke.

Thanks,

Ken

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