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Forcing Foreign Teachers to Learn About Korea?

November 26, 2009

Here’s an interesting write up from Brian in Jeollanam:

Here’s an excerpt from a piece on KBS:

Representative Cho Jeon-hyuk of the ruling Grand National Party, who is also a member of the parliamentary committee on education, proposed on Thursday revisions to laws on schools and private institutes.
The revised bills seek to make it mandatory for private institutes to have foreign teachers complete educational programs on South Korea’s culture and people.

Cho said most foreign teachers in the nation do not have enough of an understanding about Korea’s culture and practices. He said the revisions are aimed at raising the quality of the nation’s English education programs by mandating that foreign teachers have better knowledge of Korea.

An article in Korean here.

Orientation programs are a good idea, and Jeollanam-do puts on a relatively good one for new teachers arriving in public schools via the Jeollanam-do Language Program. I just wish there were more opportunities for education and professional development. In three years teaching in Jeollanam-do we only had one meeting where we could watch presentations from other teachers on lesson planning on classroom issues.

Click Here for the Full Story (Source: Brian in Jeollanam-Do)


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