Extra! Korea

May 26, 2009

Seoul to open an English Cafe

Filed under: education, waste of money — extrakorea @ 11:26 pm

The Korea Times brings us the news that Seoul is planning to open an English Cafe, in which government workers will have to order their coffee in English, be able to listen to the morning news in English, and other things which are sure to lead to rapid, dramatic improvements in their all-important TOEIC scores. It’ll be called “Cafe Pine Tree,” which is already a bad sign. Clearly, like the much-ballyhooed English Villages, they refuse to listen to native speakers who are willing to edit their broken English. Let’s hope that they don’t end up like the English Villages, either ghost towns or film sets. Actually, on second thought, I don’t care. If the government wants to keep throwing money at a problem, instead of listening to the suggestion that allowing teachers to own their E-2 visas would be good for both attracting qualified English teachers and for improving English education through competition, then I don’t care if they keep flushing their own money down the toilet.

1 Comment »

  1. Yeah, they’re really knocking themselves out on this one. Why, they even found a Korean-Canadian to staff the place for conversation or “English clinic session”! The poor bastard will be editing power point presentations for a few thousand won an hour within a week. Yup, I give it about two months before the Canadian decides that summer in Toronto is a better option and they have some barely functional English major behind the till.

    Comment by angus — May 27, 2009 @ 8:24 pm


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