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  • cemilie
  • Newgookin

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    • November 28, 2019, 06:03:44 pm
    • Korea
Can't Find Information on Hagwon
« on: November 28, 2019, 06:15:03 pm »
I'm working with a recruiter who just set up an interview with a hagwon based in Gangnam-gu. It's called Kinder Museum, but I haven't been able to find a single thing about them online, besides their own website. Does anyone know anything about this place?
Their website is:


  • Cohort 2019
  • Expert Waygook

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    • August 17, 2019, 08:09:23 pm
    • 90S.- 0'E
Re: Can't Find Information on Hagwon
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2019, 07:12:46 am »

The franchise first ran 토토빌 유아놀이학교 which seems footed in the same belief that kids should play. The question then arises why a new franchise had to be made with such an unfortunate name and idea. There's no better way to kill the motivation and the creativity of a child then have it regurgitate socially accepted beliefs under severe peer and authority pressure from mums, teachers and bosses.

Your guess is as good as mine. Looks like it was a rather large setup but the number of students seems relatively small. This might potentially be cause for concern. I would feel confident I could build an English programme and make it work for 6-year-olds, but Koreans are notoriously risk averse and having your kid do 'creative' stuff quickly could end up as 'my kid isn't learning anything'. It's one thing to look at Scandinavia and derive lofty ideas from it, but it's something entirely different to implement it in a rigid form-focused country as Korea, still stuck in the 1950s when GIs were doing listen-and-repeat audio-lingual teaching, in fact everyone still does over there+ the 16th century grammar-translation. And how is a 5-year-old supposed to 'read' in a library?

If they had used words as experience induced learning or social-constructivism I might have believed it, but all I see is a day care centre and a TV channel-based programme and book reading being mentioned. Ergo, they have got no clue about how to teach properly.

Watch this before you head out and suffer daily passive-aggressive stares because kids are dropping from your classes and it isn't your fault but the dumb phonics videos. I really like this teacher, she does everything right. Much better than I ever could.
« Last Edit: November 29, 2019, 07:44:21 am by Cohort 2019 »
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  • waygo0k
  • The Legend

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    • September 27, 2011, 11:51:01 am
    • Chungnam
Re: Can't Find Information on Hagwon
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2019, 12:23:45 pm »
As always, hagwons get a bright new idea on what and how to teach.

The problem is often that the person making those decisions doesn't actually teach the material (or anything at all), they are 'too busy' doing other things and have no time to see for themselves how effective/ineffective their bright new idea is in the classroom...nor do they offer any training to the teacher(s) expected to follow this new material/method.

When shit eventually hits the fan like it usually does, guess who gets to take the blame?