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seoulmanbob



Joined: 02 Aug 2009

PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:47 pm    Post subject: English Zone Reply with quote

I am curious about the viability of an developing an English Zone (a specifically English speaking area that the students are not required to attend) in a university setting. What are your experiences regarding this type of situation?
Has it benefited the students, or is it just a waste of time?

Thanks,
Bob
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Cave Dweller



Joined: 17 Aug 2014
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enforcement is the toughest part.

I think for English to take off here, people have to want it. One of the many huge reasons why teaching English here is so inefficient.
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seoulmanbob



Joined: 02 Aug 2009

PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:04 pm    Post subject: University English Zone Reply with quote

thanks for that C.D.

I am guessing from the lack of responses that it is probably not a very successful venture.
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drcrazy



Joined: 19 Feb 2003
Location: Pusan. Yes, that's right. Pusan NOT Busan. I ain't never been to no place called Busan

PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Such a thing is very common in many universities; high, low, and in between. There are always some to many very serious students that make it great fun for the teachers.
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drcrazy



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Location: Pusan. Yes, that's right. Pusan NOT Busan. I ain't never been to no place called Busan

PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take this up with the chair of your English department. I have been on campus of a huge number universities my many many years here, and to not have an English Zone (they go by a ton of different names) is a bit shocking to me.
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drcrazy



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Location: Pusan. Yes, that's right. Pusan NOT Busan. I ain't never been to no place called Busan

PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, and at some universities it is so popular they have full time faculty just for that.
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PigeonFart



Joined: 27 Apr 2006

PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have no experience with Universities in Korea but i know from my language-exchange-club experience, Koreans find it VERY awkward to speak English to other Koreans.

I think it must be because culture and language are all intertwined here much more than western countries. I speak English but have no emotional connection with the language at all. I feel that English doesn't belong to me (maybe cos i've seen so many different nationalities use it).

But Koreans really do connect the korean language, culture, and a KOREAN FACE all together as one thing. So choosing to speak English among themselves is really weird for them. That is a problem for them when they want to practice English.

So do Koreans ACTUALLY speak English with each other in these Englsh zones?
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