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Is SNU canceling required English courses from next year?
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12ax7



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PatrickGHBusan wrote:
For what it is worth, The University I used to work for is doing the same thing that SNU seems to be doing: cutting back on English classes.

I few friends I have working in Busan also told me their Universities were cutting FT staff (reducing the number of FTs).


Mine has been increasing the number for years, and they plan to increase it again for next semester.

Either way, it doesn't worry me. When I started working in Korea, there was only a fraction of the number of English teachers that there are now. There used to be 12 of us in the whole town, 5 at my job. There will always be jobs for those who are qualified and experienced.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

12ax7 wrote:
PatrickGHBusan wrote:
For what it is worth, The University I used to work for is doing the same thing that SNU seems to be doing: cutting back on English classes.

I few friends I have working in Busan also told me their Universities were cutting FT staff (reducing the number of FTs).


Mine has been increasing the number for years, and they plan to increase it again for next semester.

Either way, it doesn't worry me. When I started working in Korea, there was only a fraction of the number of English teachers that there are now. There used to be 12 of us in the whole town, 5 at my job. There will always be jobs for those who are qualified and experienced.


The bolded part is quite true.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think there is a general trend away from conversational English at the university level; the usual arguments are that it is not very academic and students should just go to a hakwon or take a non-credit class if they want to improve their conversational English. On the other hand, there has been more content oriented courses such as Presentations, Interview and Writing and of course Department oriented content courses.

I would not be surprised if we see more test based classes such as OPIc, TOEIC Speaking and the myriad other tests on the market as it just seems more practical and professional than "conversation."
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12ax7



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unposter wrote:
I think there is a general trend away from conversational English at the university level; the usual arguments are that it is not very academic and students should just go to a hakwon or take a non-credit class if they want to improve their conversational English. On the other hand, there has been more content oriented courses such as Presentations, Interview and Writing and of course Department oriented content courses.

I would not be surprised if we see more test based classes such as OPIc, TOEIC Speaking and the myriad other tests on the market as it just seems more practical and professional than "conversation."


No big deal if you are qualified. It's still ESL/EFL.
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progprof



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:06 pm    Post subject: similar development Reply with quote

Our uni has announced that one of our English courses will be taught by Korean teachers starting next semester. No reasons were given.

At the same time, we're being encouraged to develop content-based courses, although there is no guarantee any of them will be accepted.
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