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Seoul to place 561 native English teachers at elementary schools

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/04/181_246745.html

The SMOE is planning to dispatch 561 native speakers of English as teaching assistants in all public elementary schools around the capital, starting next year.

Currently, there are 337 native teachers at 351 public elementary schools in Seoul. The native teaching assistants cover English classes during the day and afterschool as well as conducting English camps during school breaks. The SMOE plans to dispatch 100 additional native assistant teachers by 2019, who will be assigned to teach in 210 elementary schools.

"The parents have been fond of the program as their children have more access to foreign teachers," said Jeong Jin-kewon, a junior supervisor at the Seoul education office. "The classrooms in Seoul average 20 to 25 students per class. The students will have the opportunity to talk one on one with a native English speaking teacher during the day and in afterschool English courses."

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Re: Seoul to place 561 native English teachers at elementary schools
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2018, 06:37:57 PM »
The native teaching assistants cover English classes during the day and afterschool as well as conducting English camps during school breaks.

Sounds like they're a bit more than "assistants".

More like carrying the full workload for the Korean teacher.
Catch my drift?

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Re: Seoul to place 561 native English teachers at elementary schools
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2018, 06:40:08 PM »
The native teaching assistants cover English classes during the day and afterschool as well as conducting English camps during school breaks.

Sounds like they're a bit more than "assistants".

More like carrying the full workload for the Korean teacher.

I mean, it's the same amount of work that normal public school native teachers do through public schools around the country already.

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Re: Seoul to place 561 native English teachers at elementary schools
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2018, 06:52:23 PM »
The native teaching assistants cover English classes during the day and afterschool as well as conducting English camps during school breaks.

Sounds like they're a bit more than "assistants".

More like carrying the full workload for the Korean teacher.

Just because you have a crappy division of responsibilities doesn't mean everyone else does.

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Re: Seoul to place 561 native English teachers at elementary schools
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2018, 07:12:37 PM »
"The South Korean government has banned after school English classes for first and second grade starting this year. Parents have been worried about their children falling behind and an increasing number of students have enrolled in English private education."

wasn't it decided grade 1 and 2 children can't learn english and korean at the same time? but...now it's a worry that grade 1 and 2 children who attend english hagwons will be too far ahead by grade 3. so which is it?

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Re: Seoul to place 561 native English teachers at elementary schools
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2018, 10:47:35 AM »
"The South Korean government has banned after school English classes for first and second grade starting this year. Parents have been worried about their children falling behind and an increasing number of students have enrolled in English private education."

wasn't it decided grade 1 and 2 children can't learn english and korean at the same time? but...now it's a worry that grade 1 and 2 children who attend english hagwons will be too far ahead by grade 3. so which is it?
But the people who say they are worried aren't the people who made the decision. The government made a decision and now parents are voicing concern over the likely result of that decision.

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Re: Seoul to place 561 native English teachers at elementary schools
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2018, 11:57:31 AM »
and the pendulum swings again.....

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Re: Seoul to place 561 native English teachers at elementary schools
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2018, 09:01:04 PM »
I would love to return to Korea right now.

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Re: Seoul to place 561 native English teachers at elementary schools
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2018, 07:32:21 AM »
This sounds great!!

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Re: Seoul to place 561 native English teachers at elementary schools
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2018, 03:40:40 AM »
But will they be able to handle the Korean elementary school curriculum? I'm all for diversity, but when you throw people in the deep end of the pool, they have a habit of drowning.

Maybe they'll place them in remedial classes.