Extra! Korea

August 20, 2009

Journalist’s writing proof of no knowledge about teaching. What a surprise

Filed under: education, idiots, media irresponsibility — extrakorea @ 1:44 pm

In today’s Korea Times is an article about some of the foreign English teachers who were hired by EPIK (English Program In Korea) and have just arrived in Korea. In the text is proof that the writer has no clue about teaching.

Unlike in private English-teaching institutions, teachers at EPIK are not required to stick to a rigid curriculum, but must work in a more proactive setting and provide ideas.

Teachers in hogwons (private institutes) have to stick to a rigid curriculum?! Bwa ha ha ha ha!* And by the way, what’s wrong with having a curriculum and sticking to it? Many people, including a lot of so-called “teachers” seem to think that the only purpose of a curriculum is to be an unnecessary inconvenience. They are, among other things, to help plan lessons, prepare students, and have teachers be accountable.

* I refuse to use the irredeemably idiotic “Lol.”

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2 Comments »

  1. Maybe the writer meant that they don’t get to use the idiot proof lesson plans that the Ministry of Education prepares for the Korean English teachers. As for the hagwon teachers, some do follow a strict curriculum but most can’t as none is ever clearly defined to them.

    Comment by Teadrinker — August 20, 2009 @ 11:22 pm

    • … the idiot proof lesson plans that the Ministry of Education prepares for the Korean English teachers.

      If they’re prepared by idiots, how can they be “idiot-proof”?

      Comment by extrakorea — August 21, 2009 @ 6:12 am


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