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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8900 on: October 05, 2018, 10:02:57 am »
Webpages and news sites that have videos that autoplay at full volume.

**** off with that shit.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8901 on: October 05, 2018, 11:03:42 am »
Webpages and news sites that have videos that autoplay at full volume.

**** off with that shit.
All my devices are set to "mute" unless I turn them up.

The facebook app still makes some noises. That one pisses me off!


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8902 on: October 05, 2018, 11:58:56 am »
Had an absolute laugh yesterday. My CT begged me to reschedule my lessons at my other school so that I could leave early and drive across town to judge the school speech contest.

After planning, practicing, running around and telling me how busy she was, my CT and the head teacher for the English department were ready to unveil the fruits of their 2 months of diligent work and meticulous planning. It was time for the English speech contest and I'm judging.

- We start with my CT, the MC, asking everyone to stand and salute the flag. Sure... but there is no flag. The entire school standing, hands on heart, awkwardly saluting the empty stage.
- First act... mics are broken.
- 10min delay, they get replaced.
(students in audience are only slightly more disciplined than a riot in a Turkish prison, this doesn't stop till the contest is over)
- First act, kid starts singing a song by Ed Sheeran, here are some of the lyrics:

"Grab on my waist and put that body on me" "And last night you were in my room
And now my bedsheets smell like you" "Me and my friends at the table doing shots"

His performance is cut short... apparently, 2 months was not enough time to make sure all the performances were appropriate.
Furthermore, my CT didn't have the sense to use a karaoke version of the song without the vocals, she used the original, meaning you couldn't hear a damn thing the kid was singing.

- Following performances follow the same formula, mics keep messing up, music is too loud, no karaoke versions of the song and can't hear anything, projector (supposed to project lyrics and background images) is doing nothing but casting a massive shadow of the students in the background by shining glaring lights into the eyes of those on stage (of those kids weren't blind at the start, they must be by now).

- For the speeches, they've all been taken from the speech book students have been using since the 90s... I had two students reciting exactly the same speech, "My Dog Fluffly"... What a coincidence.

- Final performance was the Snow White play.... AGAIN! Last year, our students actually performed this play at an inter-school competition, winning school received quite a large cash prize. We were disqualified because all the songs the students had learned were of course, the originals and contained vocals in the mix so the students were essentially lip synching; my CT was quite livid and embarrassed about this and a few of our student's parents were very upset with her. Not one to learn from her mistakes, my CT made the exact same mistake again this year, same songs, same play.

Finally, the students had all practiced to perform and act at different parts of the stage. Obviously no scholar of acoustics, my CT didn't foresee that having 2 microphones, on stands at the front of the stage, wasn't really going to do much to amplify the voices of 7 dwarves positioned right at the back of the stage trying to squeak through their lines, all competing with the sea of cacophony that is the rowdy audience, the blaring music and chorused by the school bell. Each student had to improvise and constantly run to the front of the stage, to say a line, and then back.

I have to give it to the students performing the play. Not unlike Tommy Wiseau's 'The Room', it was so bad and goofy that it was hilarious. I was all smiles at the end.

I completely understand that a school concert isn't supposed to be professional, it's supposed to be innocent and fun, but that's no excuse for poor planning.

It just goes totally over my head how my CT and the head English teacher spent 2 months cutting short lessons, asking me to fill in for her and even help her with her online English exams (she had 'no time' to study) and generally making a huge fuss, all to plan the Burj Khalifa of f*ckups.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8903 on: October 05, 2018, 12:05:36 pm »
But did the Ed Sheeran kid win?  :laugh:
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8904 on: October 05, 2018, 12:20:38 pm »
But did the Ed Sheeran kid win?  :laugh:

He could've been singing Hakuna Matata for all I know, couldn't hear a damn thing he was singing.

I gave the highest scores to one girl, she actually wrote her own speech on the dangers of young girls dieting. Brilliant speech, excellent pronunciation and well delivered. No contest.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8905 on: October 05, 2018, 12:30:33 pm »
Had an absolute laugh yesterday. My CT begged me to reschedule my lessons at my other school so that I could leave early and drive across town to judge the school speech contest.

This is begging to be turned into a short film.
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8906 on: October 05, 2018, 07:21:26 pm »
I completely understand that a school concert isn't supposed to be professional, it's supposed to be innocent and fun, but that's no excuse for poor planning.

We had a similar thing with our English festival this year.  It had two parts.  English booths in all classes, where everybody had to go around and participate in the other classes experiences.  All these booths were my brain child.  All really really good, and that is two years in a row we did this.  Pat on the back for me for a month of hard work.  Part two was in the hall with a couple of performances, a UCC winner, a golden bell about Sherlock Holmes, and then a duel with that 'Harder, Faster', Daft Punk thing that someone posted.  Actually, because my school is pretty big we have teachers in charge of the audio stuff at school. 

So all the students come in the hall after the booths.  The UCC winner is played, and my students make some really good videos with music, but there is no audio, only pictures.  The audio teacher apologised for that, saying he was kind of to busy to fix it.  I mean he's got one fooking job to do.  Give me 5 minutes, and I'd get you audio and visual at the same time.   :evil:

Then the Sherlock Holmes golden bell based on the short stories.  I read the book and made the questions and gave to my co-t to do the PPT.  We would start with a O/X quiz and then when down to 50, do the golden bell.  Golden bell with 400 students is a thing.  Question 1:  Sherlock Holmes lives on Butcher Street. A load of students went over to 'O'.  Great!  But what they then realised, before the rope went down, was that my co-t had written (Baker Street) in brackets on the same page as the statement.  So all the students went over to 'X' instead.   :blank:  Head shaking stuff.  I can look back and laugh but at the time, it was head shaking time for me.

Seriously, why is it like this??? It can't be a coincidence, most speech contests, talent shows or any big events requiring planning I've experienced over the years are littered with these kinds of screw ups.

These are adults who survived Korean highschool, went through the 수능 exams, got into university and passed the teacher's exams... Pressure and stress should be their bitch be now.





Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8907 on: October 08, 2018, 08:45:56 am »
I completely understand that a school concert isn't supposed to be professional, it's supposed to be innocent and fun, but that's no excuse for poor planning.

We had a similar thing with our English festival this year.  It had two parts.  English booths in all classes, where everybody had to go around and participate in the other classes experiences.  All these booths were my brain child.  All really really good, and that is two years in a row we did this.  Pat on the back for me for a month of hard work.  Part two was in the hall with a couple of performances, a UCC winner, a golden bell about Sherlock Holmes, and then a duel with that 'Harder, Faster', Daft Punk thing that someone posted.  Actually, because my school is pretty big we have teachers in charge of the audio stuff at school. 

So all the students come in the hall after the booths.  The UCC winner is played, and my students make some really good videos with music, but there is no audio, only pictures.  The audio teacher apologised for that, saying he was kind of to busy to fix it.  I mean he's got one fooking job to do.  Give me 5 minutes, and I'd get you audio and visual at the same time.   :evil:

Then the Sherlock Holmes golden bell based on the short stories.  I read the book and made the questions and gave to my co-t to do the PPT.  We would start with a O/X quiz and then when down to 50, do the golden bell.  Golden bell with 400 students is a thing.  Question 1:  Sherlock Holmes lives on Butcher Street. A load of students went over to 'O'.  Great!  But what they then realised, before the rope went down, was that my co-t had written (Baker Street) in brackets on the same page as the statement.  So all the students went over to 'X' instead.   :blank:  Head shaking stuff.  I can look back and laugh but at the time, it was head shaking time for me.

Seriously, why is it like this??? It can't be a coincidence, most speech contests, talent shows or any big events requiring planning I've experienced over the years are littered with these kinds of screw ups.

These are adults who survived Korean highschool, went through the 수능 exams, got into university and passed the teacher's exams... Pressure and stress should be their bitch be now.


Look at half the material that gets posted up here by NETs and you'll realize that minor errors aren't exclusive to Korean teachers.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8908 on: October 08, 2018, 10:51:51 am »
Seriously, why is it like this??? It can't be a coincidence, most speech contests, talent shows or any big events requiring planning I've experienced over the years are littered with these kinds of screw ups.

These are adults who survived Korean highschool, went through the 수능 exams, got into university and passed the teacher's exams... Pressure and stress should be their bitch be now.

Watching my middle school kids and the way they work, they don't really teach organizational or time management skills here. They're expected to figure this out for themselves as they go through life, and project-based group work (which is where a lot of project planning and skills are learned) isn't something they regularly engage in, either. Most of the group work my kids experience are in my own classes, and many of my students are so resistant to group work that I have to seriously micromanage to make sure everyone is pulling his/her own weight. I can walk them through a lot of the "bigger" projects, but I almost literally have to hold their hands every step of the way.

If they receive an assignment where they can work alone, and the project is relatively small, they're very good about focusing on the task and getting the work done. When they're given parts they've got to complete as part of a larger project, though, many of them dig in their heels because it's not what they're familiar with, and they don't understand the point behind it. And when working as part of group, part of the problem is they all want to shine individually, not as a group, and no one wants the extra responsibility of keeping their own members in line and on task (and making sure everyone is on schedule).

My point is, they don't learn the skills or see the point of group or large, project-based work during their primary and secondary school years. It's not a focus here, and it carries on into their adulthood, which is where they're expected to figure it out on their own from scratch (in theory, with someone's guidance, but we know how often that happens). Some of them manage to figure things out, but many of them struggle and continue to struggle with it, not just because they never developed the skills and concepts behind them while younger, but also because most no one else has, either. So they're working raw at all angles with people who may or may not be too helpful or cooperative (especially when those people feel like they won't get any credit for their parts in it, which, sad to say, is common here), and it's often discouraged to ask for help.
« Last Edit: October 08, 2018, 11:38:27 am by Chinguetti »


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8909 on: October 08, 2018, 11:51:02 am »
I completely understand that a school concert isn't supposed to be professional, it's supposed to be innocent and fun, but that's no excuse for poor planning.

We had a similar thing with our English festival this year.  It had two parts.  English booths in all classes, where everybody had to go around and participate in the other classes experiences.  All these booths were my brain child.  All really really good, and that is two years in a row we did this.  Pat on the back for me for a month of hard work.  Part two was in the hall with a couple of performances, a UCC winner, a golden bell about Sherlock Holmes, and then a duel with that 'Harder, Faster', Daft Punk thing that someone posted.  Actually, because my school is pretty big we have teachers in charge of the audio stuff at school. 

So all the students come in the hall after the booths.  The UCC winner is played, and my students make some really good videos with music, but there is no audio, only pictures.  The audio teacher apologised for that, saying he was kind of to busy to fix it.  I mean he's got one fooking job to do.  Give me 5 minutes, and I'd get you audio and visual at the same time.   :evil:

Then the Sherlock Holmes golden bell based on the short stories.  I read the book and made the questions and gave to my co-t to do the PPT.  We would start with a O/X quiz and then when down to 50, do the golden bell.  Golden bell with 400 students is a thing.  Question 1:  Sherlock Holmes lives on Butcher Street. A load of students went over to 'O'.  Great!  But what they then realised, before the rope went down, was that my co-t had written (Baker Street) in brackets on the same page as the statement.  So all the students went over to 'X' instead.   :blank:  Head shaking stuff.  I can look back and laugh but at the time, it was head shaking time for me.

Seriously, why is it like this??? It can't be a coincidence, most speech contests, talent shows or any big events requiring planning I've experienced over the years are littered with these kinds of screw ups.

These are adults who survived Korean highschool, went through the 수능 exams, got into university and passed the teacher's exams... Pressure and stress should be their bitch be now.


Look at half the material that gets posted up here by NETs and you'll realize that minor errors aren't exclusive to Korean teachers.

Apples and oranges.

It's a random bomb game uploaded, for free, under anonymity. You're comparing that to a teacher screwing up a simple job, she's paid to do, in front of the entire school?

Maybe we're in different wavelengths, but I don't consider messing up the audio levels so you can't hear a thing from 60% of the participants a "minor error".


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8910 on: October 08, 2018, 12:19:22 pm »
At my old elementary school, all of the male teachers (there were only 3) were absolutely terrible at their job. I mean, their classes every year - without fail - were full of unruly kids, it was dirty (old food stuck to the walls/ceiling, overflowing bins, etc) , there was no reward or punishment system in place, and the students made fun of their teachers when they weren't there. Eventually, after asking why it's like this for the male teachers, it was explained that they only care about kissing the vice and principal's arse - and spend their time trying to move up the ladder, rather than doing their jobs.

There wasn't any punishment for being a bad teacher, and this continued for the 3 years I was there. Anyway, maybe basedcowboy is right, and that they just don't care enough to do a good job, as they know nobody will call them out on it if they don't


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8911 on: October 08, 2018, 12:21:43 pm »
The consequences of tenure. Unions are usually a great thing, but stuff like this is why there needs to be some balance.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8912 on: October 08, 2018, 12:44:22 pm »
Seriously, why is it like this??? It can't be a coincidence, most speech contests, talent shows or any big events requiring planning I've experienced over the years are littered with these kinds of screw ups.

These are adults who survived Korean highschool, went through the 수능 exams, got into university and passed the teacher's exams... Pressure and stress should be their bitch be now.

Watching my middle school kids and the way they work, they don't really teach organizational or time management skills here. They're expected to figure this out for themselves as they go through life, and project-based group work (which is where a lot of project planning and skills are learned) isn't something they regularly engage in, either. Most of the group work my kids experience are in my own classes, and many of my students are so resistant to group work that I have to seriously micromanage to make sure everyone is pulling his/her own weight. I can walk them through a lot of the "bigger" projects, but I almost literally have to hold their hands every step of the way.

If they receive an assignment where they can work alone, and the project is relatively small, they're very good about focusing on the task and getting the work done. When they're given parts they've got to complete as part of a larger project, though, many of them dig in their heels because it's not what they're familiar with, and they don't understand the point behind it. And when working as part of group, part of the problem is they all want to shine individually, not as a group, and no one wants the extra responsibility of keeping their own members in line and on task (and making sure everyone is on schedule).

My point is, they don't learn the skills or see the point of group or large, project-based work during their primary and secondary school years. It's not a focus here, and it carries on into their adulthood, which is where they're expected to figure it out on their own from scratch (in theory, with someone's guidance, but we know how often that happens). Some of them manage to figure things out, but many of them struggle and continue to struggle with it, not just because they never developed the skills and concepts behind them while younger, but also because most no one else has, either. So they're working raw at all angles with people who may or may not be too helpful or cooperative (especially when those people feel like they won't get any credit for their parts in it, which, sad to say, is common here), and it's often discouraged to ask for help.

Waygook.org user Chinguetti, nuanced and thoughtful discussion of topics doesn't belong on these forums.

All jokes aside, this is true. And also, another (less nuanced) observation for why things get completely bungled, is because some people literally just don't care enough to do a good job. Obviously this doesn't apply to everyone who makes a mess of something they were supposed to plan. But in some cases, it really is just that the person couldn't be bothered to put the effort in bring the quality up. It's the attitude of 'Well, nobody's going to notice or care, so, why bother?' and to some extent, that really is true. Especially when it comes to English classes or events.

I agree with both points:

Chinguetti, I've seen this back home too, but only with a minority of students. Nowhere is this more prevalent than during camp. From what I've witnessed two factors are clearly visible, a lack of confidence and extremely poor leadership skills. Open giving a group project, it usually starts with the students waiting to be told what to do by someone, it's extremely rare to witness one student take charge, delegate the tasks to various students etc. For the most part, these kids are not nurtured or encouraged to develop leadership skills or express opinions, which I believe leads to confidence.

Where I'm not sure comes to adulthood. While studying for my teacher's license, one of the chapters studied were the logistics of managing and overseeing school events like plays, sports events, contests etc.
Now I'm not sure if Korean universities teach these things during teacher training, but when you're given a very generous schedule and you have past experience, you should be able to hold your own.

Cowboy, speaking to her after the contest, she too just wanted to get it over with and didn't really care... Now, here's where I have a big problem. I too don't care about the silly textbook, key expressions. Honestly, I know that what I'm teaching isn't going to help, but the difference is, when you make a living off doing something, you're a professional.
Your work has your name stamped on it and if you can point at your work and say, "Oh well, it's bad, but I don't care" you don't deserve to be called a professional, as far as I'm concerned.
If I go a bit deeper, I'm guessing this could be a cultural difference. Looking at Korea's rigid corporate structure, it's not  the work that's going to get you promoted, it's your seniority and relationship with those above you. Work does matter, but it's more the volume, not the quality you've done that seems to matter.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8913 on: October 08, 2018, 01:03:57 pm »
The consequences of tenure. Unions are usually a great thing, but stuff like this is why there needs to be some balance.
in england there's an outside agency called OFSTED that periodically grades schools and teachers' performances. stressful and all teachers in england hate it, but it seems to work to some extent - to keep the teachers on their toes if not anything else

all performance grading in korea seems to be done half-arsed and in-house (i think?), so it seems there's no real incentive to do a good job


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8914 on: October 08, 2018, 01:44:55 pm »
The consequences of tenure. Unions are usually a great thing, but stuff like this is why there needs to be some balance.
in england there's an outside agency called OFSTED that periodically grades schools and teachers' performances. stressful and all teachers in england hate it, but it seems to work to some extent - to keep the teachers on their toes if not anything else

all performance grading in korea seems to be done half-arsed and in-house (i think?), so it seems there's no real incentive to do a good job

I've never seen so many rubber stamps and farces than over here.
I'll never forget my CT's, from 2yrs ago, open class. She'd just come back from teacher training in NZ and present in class to see what she'd learned were: the principal, vp, head teacher, about 14 teachers from different schools around the city, officials from the MOE and officials from the POE.
The lesson couldn't have bombed more epically than if she made a conscious effort to do so, students were throwing stationary around the class, it took 20min to explain the game which every student ignored the rules for (she would've taken longer, but the bell actually cut her off mid explanation), when reviewing (after the bell rang), not one student could remember a single key expression.
End of the lesson, she got loud applause!

The entire Epik programme, massive farce. Our renewal interviews, complete farce.

Everything seems to boil down to interpersonal relationships, specifically, do your superiors like you.

Your grounds for promotion, renewal or approval (or their opposites) oftentimes cannot be legally put onto paper. Usually, your boss likes you because you don't cause problems and do your job, then again, maybe your boss doesn't like you because you didn't kiss enough ass, perhaps he likes you because you downed half your weight in alcohol at the hweshik.

The farce of an interview or review will reflect your underlying relationship.
This entire system needs to be scrapped. Performance needs to be the sole metric.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8915 on: October 08, 2018, 03:04:11 pm »
The consequences of tenure. Unions are usually a great thing, but stuff like this is why there needs to be some balance.
in england there's an outside agency called OFSTED that periodically grades schools and teachers' performances. stressful and all teachers in england hate it, but it seems to work to some extent - to keep the teachers on their toes if not anything else

all performance grading in korea seems to be done half-arsed and in-house (i think?), so it seems there's no real incentive to do a good job

This just went down in Canada:
Universities are checking up on highschools.

Basically, many universities are noticing that there is a huge discrepancy between the grades of students originating from certain schools and their performance in uni. There's a big brewhaha about some of the unis considering curving student grades depending on where they originate from.

   Basically, lazy teachers are half assing their classes, and just marking up grades to make the school look good... which is exactly what I've heard many NETs complain about here in Korea. Hopefully one day unis will hold schools accountable for the education they give their students by adjusting highschool rankings according to amount of grade inflation... it'll never happen, but hey.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8916 on: October 08, 2018, 03:04:59 pm »
The consequences of tenure. Unions are usually a great thing, but stuff like this is why there needs to be some balance.
in england there's an outside agency called OFSTED that periodically grades schools and teachers' performances. stressful and all teachers in england hate it, but it seems to work to some extent - to keep the teachers on their toes if not anything else

all performance grading in korea seems to be done half-arsed and in-house (i think?), so it seems there's no real incentive to do a good job

I've never seen so many rubber stamps and farces than over here.
I'll never forget my CT's, from 2yrs ago, open class. She'd just come back from teacher training in NZ and present in class to see what she'd learned were: the principal, vp, head teacher, about 14 teachers from different schools around the city, officials from the MOE and officials from the POE.
The lesson couldn't have bombed more epically than if she made a conscious effort to do so, students were throwing stationary around the class, it took 20min to explain the game which every student ignored the rules for (she would've taken longer, but the bell actually cut her off mid explanation), when reviewing (after the bell rang), not one student could remember a single key expression.
End of the lesson, she got loud applause!

The entire Epik programme, massive farce. Our renewal interviews, complete farce.

Everything seems to boil down to interpersonal relationships, specifically, do your superiors like you.

Your grounds for promotion, renewal or approval (or their opposites) oftentimes cannot be legally put onto paper. Usually, your boss likes you because you don't cause problems and do your job, then again, maybe your boss doesn't like you because you didn't kiss enough ass, perhaps he likes you because you downed half your weight in alcohol at the hweshik.

The farce of an interview or review will reflect your underlying relationship.
This entire system needs to be scrapped. Performance needs to be the sole metric.
but who would measure your performances? it seems like no korean teachers have had any proper ESL/EFL training (come to that, do many native teachers?). in the past, when i had open classes, the principal was critical of my classes, even though he had no understanding of what was happening - he didn't speak a word of english. other times, korean teachers told me i did an amazing job, when they only turned up for 2 minutes and left

i've heard many stories of native teachers losing their jobs because somebody had a grudge against them at school, and they weren't renewed and had to leave korea; even the MOE refused to help. there's a ton of these stories on the LOFT facebook group. pretty lame


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8917 on: October 08, 2018, 07:01:41 pm »
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but who would measure your performances? it seems like no korean teachers have had any proper ESL/EFL training (come to that, do many native teachers?). in the past, when i had open classes, the principal was critical of my classes, even though he had no understanding of what was happening - he didn't speak a word of english. other times, korean teachers told me i did an amazing job, when they only turned up for 2 minutes and left


There's no real point in Korean public schools having a system of training and assessment until they decide on their preferred pedagogy. Korean teachers trained in the communicative approach and teaching through L2 will inevitably revert to L1 and rote learning, which may even be the most effective method when teaching for the Korean university exam. As I've mentioned on here before when I'm training, Korean teachers ask me why they should teach in L2 when their native speaker teachers don't, and it's difficult to answer. When they do overseas training and observe teachers in the UK teaching French, for example , they see UK teachers also doing it primarily  in L1.  Having said that, the UK is hardly a role model for language teaching. I'd look to the likes of Hong Kong and Singapore.

They should either say we're going to teach everything in L2 in the communicative way right up to high school level (like they do in HK) and scrap the university exam, or keep the exam, admit the communicative way is a waste of time from middle school onwards, scrap all foreign training jollies and assess teachers in their ability to teach for the test in Korean. Maybe they could still assess elementary school teachers on their ability to teach the communicative approach in L2 on the basis that it's more engaging for the little uns. 

I've taught on plenty of training courses where high quality Korean teachers have been trained up to be able to assess and mentor their colleagues but until they decide on exactly how they want to teach the kids, it's not going to work. If you take the BC as an example where they have a clear pedagogy laid out in their mission statement, observing any teacher is a breeze and everyone (who's switched on) knows what the managers expect and how they can deliver it.
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8918 on: October 08, 2018, 07:48:28 pm »
nice post.

it feels at korean elementary schools, teaching english is the lowest rung of the ladder, and pretty much nobody wants to do it. it's usually the new teachers (younger teachers these days, at least, can usually speak english fairly well) who have no experience teaching - let alone teaching english, or contract teachers, who know they'll only be there for a short time (some who can barely string a sentence together).

either way, nobody wants to do it, and they have no real passion for it, either. there's no system about how to teach (apart from following the textbook to a T) because nobody in the school has any idea either - and the native teachers are usually largely ignored (not that i'm saying they are necessarily more knowledgeable, but  i know a couple of instructors who have been at their schools for 10 or so years and are never asked for their input on textbooks, teaching tips, assessments, etc)

the only constant i can find used to assess if a class if successful is, "well, the kids seem to like it"



Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8919 on: October 08, 2018, 08:10:52 pm »
nice post.

it feels at korean elementary schools, teaching english is the lowest rung of the ladder, and pretty much nobody wants to do it. it's usually the new teachers (younger teachers these days, at least, can usually speak english fairly well) who have no experience teaching - let alone teaching english, or contract teachers, who know they'll only be there for a short time (some who can barely string a sentence together).

either way, nobody wants to do it, and they have no real passion for it, either. there's no system about how to teach (apart from following the textbook to a T) because nobody in the school has any idea either - and the native teachers are usually largely ignored (not that i'm saying they are necessarily more knowledgeable, but  i know a couple of instructors who have been at their schools for 10 or so years and are never asked for their input on textbooks, teaching tips, assessments, etc)

the only constant i can find used to assess if a class if successful is, "well, the kids seem to like it"

In order to assess people's teaching properly you need to set in place the following.

1) Have clear criteria for assessment, which the people being assessed understand.
2) Have assessors trained in identifying and assessing this criteria
3) Have all the assessors standardized in their assessment techniques and grading.
4) Have external assessors, with the same training occasionally monitor and standardize the assessors.

This is what happens with the CELTA, DELTA and formal observations at the BC. and until all this is in place  no one will really take it seriously e.g Aristocrat

Sure you can observe anyone at any time for other reasons but it shouldn't have any effect on their job unless most, if not all, of the above conditions are met.
 
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