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  • JNM
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  • jamonamagnet
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Re: Only in Korea - Flights suspended for English test
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2015, 12:14:56 pm »
It's hardly news.  It happens every year.


  • Cwbatson
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Re: Only in Korea - Flights suspended for English test
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2015, 12:44:15 pm »
What the other guy said  but it's also only for 35 minutes and during the listening part of the exam where it could interfere with students hearing the speaking.

Seems like a no brainer to me.


  • Schellib39
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Re: Only in Korea - Flights suspended for English test
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2015, 12:46:31 pm »
Yawn......same thing every year and has been since I have been here.


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Re: Only in Korea - Flights suspended for English test
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2015, 12:51:31 pm »
What the other guy said  but it's also only for 35 minutes and during the listening part of the exam where it could interfere with students hearing the speaking.

Seems like a no brainer to me.
A no brainer? Unless the school is directly next to the airport or happens to have extreme low flying commercial airliners flying over regularly, it is an over reaction.

We all did exams didn't we? I studied Russian from High school through university where each exam had listening portions. As well as other exams with listening components. Inner city areas next to main roads (trucks are f load loader then a high flying jet). No problems ever arose.

If only they had this kind of extreme over reaction to stuff that actually matters. You know, road safety etc.
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  • koreaiskorea
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Re: Only in Korea - Flights suspended for English test
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2015, 12:52:27 pm »
Nothing but a publicity stunt that they do every year.  Look how diligent we are, we even stop airplanes for our students..   Like a small amount of noise is going to make or break their ability to not even hold an elementary conversation.


Re: Only in Korea - Flights suspended for English test
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2015, 01:03:31 pm »
newbies these days, think everything is news.
Open your mind.


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Re: Only in Korea - Flights suspended for English test
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2015, 01:10:17 pm »
If a test taker is running late, they can call the police and get a full escort with sirens and all the fanfare...or a free ride from the officers.


  • FinnSein
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Re: Only in Korea - Flights suspended for English test
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2015, 01:12:25 pm »
They do this for show because they know it makes the news. A plane is never going to disturb a test.


Re: Only in Korea - Flights suspended for English test
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2015, 01:15:25 pm »
They do this for show because they know it makes the news. A plane is never going to disturb a test.

That's quite an expensive show.

Aren't there a ton of suicides from students who have a high workload? I can imagine a kid being overly anxious here in Korea due to the distracting noise of a plane. I"m guessing there are schools within flight paths of Seoul/other major airports.

Devil's advocate.
Open your mind.


Re: Only in Korea - Flights suspended for English test
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2015, 01:16:22 pm »
How about expaning the times for planes to land and take off?
Not for 24 hours but from 11 am to 2 pm.


Re: Only in Korea - Flights suspended for English test
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2015, 01:21:52 pm »
I've been told by the principal that I'm not allowed to come to school in my helicopter on that day. What an outrage.


Re: Only in Korea - Flights suspended for English test
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2015, 01:28:02 pm »
Same old window dressing, year in and year out.


  • Schellib39
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Re: Only in Korea - Flights suspended for English test
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2015, 01:28:36 pm »
All fanfare of the 수능 aside...I'm working at a middle school and have tomorrow off, so I'm very thankful for that!


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Re: Only in Korea - Flights suspended for English test
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2015, 01:35:52 pm »
extreme low flying commercial airliners flying over regularly, it is an over reaction.

Oh, hi there!

They do this for show because they know it makes the news. A plane is never going to disturb a test.

I'm going to respectfully disagree. I'm in a primary school but ever since the flight paths were changed a few months ago I've had to sometimes pause classes to wait for planes to pass. It gets particularly loud when the military ones come through. There's a highschool just down the road, and unless it has some serious soundproofing I can believe it being an issue.
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Re: Only in Korea - Flights suspended for English test
« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2015, 01:40:30 pm »
extreme low flying commercial airliners flying over regularly, it is an over reaction.

Oh, hi there!

They do this for show because they know it makes the news. A plane is never going to disturb a test.

I'm going to respectfully disagree. I'm in a primary school but ever since the flight paths were changed a few months ago I've had to sometimes pause classes to wait for planes to pass. It gets particularly loud when the military ones come through. There's a highschool just down the road, and unless it has some serious soundproofing I can believe it being an issue.

Come on Paul, that's a lie and you know it  :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
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Re: Only in Korea - Flights suspended for English test
« Reply #16 on: November 11, 2015, 01:58:04 pm »
My school constantly have jets flying over due to the nearby base. Loud enough that an entire class can't hear me talk so I pause every time. Happens maybe 4-5 times a month.
Open your mind.


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Re: Only in Korea - Flights suspended for English test
« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2015, 01:58:27 pm »
I wonder if the government is going to cover the cost of the late departures/arrivals and holding patterns as well as the 4 cancelled flights? That is a boatload of money right there.
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Re: Only in Korea - Flights suspended for English test
« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2015, 02:11:39 pm »
Talk about no flight/traffic noise.

Even the Korean teacher who supervise inside the classroom can't move at all. One of my co-teacher who supervise the SAT last year got scolded by the principle, students and parents because standing for 2 hours straight was hurting her leg and she just wanted to move a little bit at the back.

Was told she can't move because students are too sensitive to any noise and that has distract them from picking the right multiple choice answer.


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Re: Only in Korea - Flights suspended for English test
« Reply #19 on: November 11, 2015, 02:20:20 pm »
Considering that highschool students feel that the results of these tests will more or less dictate how the rest of their lives will turn out, I can see that they might be a little bit anxious. Considering that their parents feel the exact same way, I'm not surprised to hear that the government decides to make a great big dramatic gesture like halting planes in order to appease them.

I work at a high school / middle school complex, and some years all the middle school students line up to clap for the high school kids as they arrive in the morning on their way to take the exams. It's a very powerful gesture. Stopping the planes is also a powerful gesture, and will probably earn whoever arranged it a crap tonne of votes/goodwill/donations/publicity.  :undecided: