What Do You Think of Korean English Education

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Song-hui Yang (2009012940)
Prof. Dr Christelle Davis
Advanced English Composition
15 April 2013

What Do You Think of Korean English Education?

Since the development of transportation and communication made the whole world a global village, English has become a compulsory subject. Most countries focus on English education to maintain friendly relations between the other countries. Again Korea also has focused on English education. In Korea ministry of education there are some of the goals for English curriculum. The 7th national English curriculum provides information of useful functional expressions regarding saying the right thing at the right time. According to the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (MEST), there are Korean government’s goals for English-language teaching. The Korean government’s goals are to improve the skills of understanding English in daily lives and basic communication skill. Also it makes the background to grow our culture by taking other country’s culture and improve skills to introduce our culture. Then let’s look at the situation of Secondary School’s English education. We have been educated English for a decade in public schools. However according to a recent study one in ten people in our country couldn’t speak English. This is the current situation of Korea's English education. This is the actual is often contradictory to the ideal. Why have these things happened? The reason is that in our school classes all of our English education programs have focused on national college entrance exam. So we had no choice but to do it. One of my interviewee mentioned these problems like “When I was in the high school, every English class’s lectures were concentrated how student would improve their reading skill to get a nice point in the entrance exam. Normally teacher use the reading book or an exercise book. Our school’s specific goal I think is about getting a good score in the exam. So, every class just focused on the...
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