Teaching English in Gangwon-do

Teaching English in Korea’s Hwacheon

Teaching English in Korea programs are being expanded in Hwacheon-gun, a beautiful county north of Chuncheon in South Korea’s Gangwon Province.

On April 18th, the county announced that it would double the English cultural experience for preschoolers participating in a local English academy this year and hold it six times.

Teaching English in Gangwon-doThe English cultural experience, which will be expanded this year, consists of an interest-based and experience-oriented program for children who are new to English.

In the first year of its introduction, Hwacheon-gun conducted three English cultural experience programs: Thanksgiving Day in September last year, Halloween Day in October, and Christmas in December.

This year, three additional events were added for the first half of this year: Saint Patrick’s Day in March, Easter in April, and Mother’s Day in May.

Participating children made ghost balloons with a native English teacher on Halloween Day, and listened to a story to find out the origins of Thanksgiving Day. During Christmas, they sang carols and the English teacher dressed up as Santa himself.

The support for teaching English in Korea to local preschoolers and adolescents promoted by Hwacheon-gun goes beyond simple special activities.

Hwacheon-gun has opened and is operating a local English academy offering Elementary English, Middle School English. All courses are tested and tailored for each level, from beginner to advanced.

Last year, through the foreign language academy, a total of 100 elementary school students took the YBM-hosted English language certification test (JET) and obtained grades.

Hwacheon-gun is continuously operating various cultural experience education for preschoolers as well as foreign languages. Hwacheon-gun has opened about 40 kids culture workshops on each day of the week, including kids cooking, healing art, and math, since last month, and most of the courses have filled up quickly.

Myeong-su Choi, Deputy Governor of Hwacheon, said, “We will continue to support Hwacheon’s children and youth with the highest level of foreign language learning programs that are comparable to language schools.”

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Teaching English in Daejeon

Teaching English in Korea’s Daejeon camps

Camps for teaching English in Korea are taking root in Daejeon, where an English camp is now being operated for kids entering 6th grade of elementary school and up to 2nd grade of middle school.

As many as 480 kids from 211 elementary and middle schools in the area will participate in this particular camp to improve communication skills in English and to enhance their understanding of global cultures through English-speaking culture experiences.

This Daejeon English camp will be operating a total of 20 sessions (12 geared to elementary school, 8 for middle school) from this month to January 2023, and each session will operate for a period of 4 days at a time, with kids commuting to the camp each day.

In the past, this camp has been a very popular English education program where students’ satisfaction with the program has been surveyed and exceeded 95% every year. This year, in particular, the introduction of a new program called ‘Escape Room’ is expected to further increase student satisfaction.

The main programs of Daejeon’s English Camp include Drama, Introduction to English-speaking Culture, Science Discovery, Animal Kingdom, My Bakery, Mini Olympics, Finding the Criminal (CSI), and Infinite Challenge, quiz solving (High Q), etc. Through these student-centered tasks and experiential learning, self-directed learning takes place and it is possible for kids to naturally absorb English-speaking culture.

During the Daejeon English camp, students ride on a free school bus provided by the Daejeon Office of Education to Daejeon Education and Training Institute, with all expenses paid for including textbooks, meals and snacks.

In addition, 3 native-speaking English assistant teachers and 4 Korean English teachers will participate in the English immersion education and conduct English throughout the entire process as a cooperative class.

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English teachers in Korea visit Gyeonggi schools

English Teachers in Korea visit Gyeonggi Schools

English teachers in Korea are being recruited and dispatched by the Gyeonggi Language Education and Training Institute who will operate a ‘School Visitation’ program in which native-speaking instructors support classes in elementary, middle, and high schools in the province from this April.

The Language Education and Training Institute prepared a school visitation program with native English teachers in Korea to improve students’ English communication skills and teachers’ ability to develop curriculum by providing classes for two weeks at schools without native speakers.

11 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and 5 high schools are participating in this program, of which 12 are online, and 8 schools in Pyeongtaek, Hwaseong, and Osan are online and face-to-face.

According to the Language Education and Training Institute, the contents of this program include reading English based on English and American novels, situational conversations while traveling, learning international manners, and conducting speaking classes.

English teachers fully discuss and cooperate with the teacher in charge of the supporting school on the curriculum, student situations, and role of each teacher to support communication and learning-centered classroom implementation.

The Language Education and Training Institute is also planning to recruit students who wish to partake in next semester’s school visitation program in July.

Choi Hyun-joo, director of the Gyeonggi Language Education and Training Institute, said, “Students will naturally understand English-speaking cultures and engage with each other while taking classes with native-speaking instructors.” We will continue to work hard to support educational activities.”

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Ulsan teaching

Teaching English in Korea further enabled by Ulsan

Teaching English in Korea is being further facilitated by one particular district of Ulsan, one of Korea’s largest cities and in the southern end of the peninsula near Busan.

Ulsan’s Buk-gu government announced that it will be recruiting students for April at its ‘English Playground’, an innovative education district project, from April 18.

English Playground is a chance to bring English teachers in Korea together with Korean students and is operated with various themes once or twice a month until December, and students are recruited on a first-come, first-served basis from the Monday of the week before the event.

The participants are children aged 6-13 years old, living in the Buk-gu area. Thus far, 150 students have signed up via the government’s website.

The government has been attracting native speakers interested in teaching English in South Korea to assist with themes that change every month, as the program is

Teaching English in Ulsan

English Playground, photo by Ulsan Jeil News

structured so that the students can experience various experiences such as cultural education in English-speaking countries with native English teachers. This April revolves around Easter themes.

Last month, at the Lifelong Learning Center in the same district area, under the theme of ‘St. Patrick’s Day’, the first operation of ‘English Playground’ was successfully held in the presence of 200 students and parents.

An official from Ulsan’s Buk-gu government said, “The first class in March showed a lot of interest and participation from students and parents, and we look forward to more of the same, going forward.’

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Teaching English in Jeju

Teaching English in Jeju Expands into Research

Those interested in teaching English in Jeju can find more rewarding jobs become available these days. For instance, Jeju Foreign Language Learning Center announced this month that it has been operating the 2022 high school subject exploration project class with English teachers in Korea for high school students throughout the province.

The high school subject research project class is a cooperative program with specific high schools in Jeju, and native-speaking teachers from Jeju Foreign Language Learning Center visit the schools to support student-centered topic inquiry activities. Participating students directly select a project research topic and write a final report after conducting data research and in-depth research.

In the first half of the program, five English club teams from Daegi High School, Jeju Girls’ High School, and Jeju Jungang Girls’ High School participated in topics like Social Problems Exploration, Conflict Resolution, Human Development Psychology and Arduino Utilization Device Production and were performing in-depth research on these subjects.

An official from Jeju Foreign Language Learning Center said, “We expect that students will be able to expand their career exploration opportunities through project activities centered on student participation, and improve students’ English language and presentation skills through the support activities of native English teachers.”

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Teaching English in Jeju

Teaching in Jeju through Experiential Programs

Teaching in Jeju can be a very enriching experience for those interested in the emerging ESL industry there. The Jeju International Education Center announced this month that it had successfully operated an experiential learning program with a native English teacher in 2022 for 60 fifth-grade students of Jangjeon Elementary School.

The Shinjeju Foreign Culture Learning Center operates experiential learning using real experience environment facilities and experiential learning in which native English teachers in Korea directly visit the school.

Experiential learning at school not only introduces students to foreign cultures through the familiar theme of ‘Superhero’, but also provides opportunities to access and utilize various contents in English through games and pencil case making activities related to the topic.

At the Shinjeju Foreign Culture Learning Center, this year, the ‘experiential learning program with native English teachers’ will be held 31 times for as many as 2,000 students in 6 elementary schools and 2 middle schools, including Jangjeon Elementary School.

Jeju International Education Center also operates in conjunction with Shinjeju Foreign Culture Learning Center for a middle and high school English club support group program that is conducted in 14 sessions each in the first and second half of the year. It involves a native English teacher visiting the schools in person, taking into consideration the level and interest of the students, and supporting club activities with various themes.

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Teaching English in Korea

English Education Brand Rankings in Korea – April 2022

As a result of big data analysis of English education brand reputation in April 2022 by the Korea Business Reputation Research Institute, the analyzed results were in order of 1st place, JLS Jeongsang Language School, 2nd place, Real Class and 3rd place, DYB Choisun Language School.


Among the English education brands most cherished by Korean consumers, brand reputation analysis was conducted on JLS Jeongsang Language School, Real Class, DYB Choisun Language School, Siwon School, Hackers Language School, Cheongdam Language School, Tun Tun English, Poly Language School, Wise Camp, Pagoda Language School, Teacher Yoon English Class, YBM Language School, English Brand reputation analysis for I, Speaking Max, April Language School, Walnut English, Jeongcheol Language School, English Egg, Wall Street English, G&B Language School, HB English Class, Min Byeongcheol Language School, English Mou Mou, YBM ECC, Lee Boyoung’s Talking Club and Fast One.

​The Korea Business Reputation Research Institute conducted a reputation survey for 26 English education brands through brand big data analysis. The English education brand reputation analysis analyzed 5,592,017 big data points of English education brands from March 8, 2022 to April 8, 2022 to ascertain consumers’ brand consumption habits. Compared with 5,707,067 big data points of English education brands in March, the overall data decreased by 2.02%.

The brand reputation index divides big data on consumer activity about the brand into participation value, communication value, social value, market value, and financial value. In the English education brand reputation survey, the participation index, communication index, and community index were analyzed. The brand reputation analysis included the brand valuation analysis, which measured brand influence, and the qualitative evaluation of the brand reputation monitor.


The top 20 in English education brand reputation in April 2022 resulted in:

  1. JLS Jeongsang Language School
  2. Real Class
  3. DYB Choisun Language School
  4. Siwon School
  5. Hackers Language School
  6. Cheongdam Language School
  7. Strong English
  8. Poly Language School
  9. Wise Camp
  10. Pagoda Language School
  11. Teacher Yoon English Class
  12. YBM Language School
  13. English Eye
  14. Speaking Max
  15. April Language Institute
  16. Hodoo English
  17. Jeongcheol Language School
  18. English League
  19. Wall Street English
  20. GnB Language School

1st place, the JLS Jeongsang Language School brand was analyzed with a brand reputation index of 1,045,660 with a participation index of 354,660, communication index of 295,302 and community index of 395,698. Compared to the brand reputation index of 606,628 in March, it increased by 72.37%.

The second place, Real Class brand, was analyzed with a brand reputation index of 702,032, a participation index of 106,312, a communication index of 92,443, and a community index of 503,277. Compared to the brand reputation index of 628,670 in March, it increased by 11.67%.

The 3rd place, DYB Choisun Language School brand, was analyzed with a brand reputation index of 517,785, a participation index of 175,182, a communication index of 169,984, and a community index of 172,619. Compared to the brand reputation index of 501,183 in March, it increased by 3.31%.

Koo Chang-hwan, director of the Korea Business Reputation Research Institute, said, “As a result of the analysis of the brand reputation for English education in April 2022, the JLS Jeongsang Language School brand ranked first. It decreased by 2.02%. According to detailed analysis, brand consumption fell by 10.90%, brand communication fell by 4.87%, and brand expansion increased by 5.60%.”

The Korea Business Reputation Research Institute ( director Changhwan Koo ) measures the domestic brand reputation index every month and announces any change in the brand reputation index. This English education brand reputation index is the result of brand big data analysis from March 8, 2022 to April 8, 2022.

Teaching English in Gyeongnam Province

Teaching English in Gyeongnam Province Debate Classes

Those who are teaching English in Gyeongnam Province of Korea are being asked to expand their scope to include debate instruction.

The Gyeongnam Office of Education runs a high school English discussion program from April to October in order to strengthen general high school students’ language competency necessary in the global era.

Students gain a different experience from the usual reading, reading, and grammar classes, such as meeting and speaking directly with native English language assistant teachers and participating in topic discussion classes. It develops students’ English speaking ability and English-style thinking ability, and develops international competency capable of logical discussion. In addition, students develop a sense of consideration and cooperation with others.

The number of participants in this year’s program has increased significantly compared to last year. As many as 200 students applied knowing that their participation in the English discussion program from this year will be recorded in their school record.

Classes are held for 3 hours each in 10 sessions which include English discussion with native English-speaking assistant teachers currently teaching English in Gyeongnam Province and their Korean co-teachers, and then they select a certain topic for discussion. After each class, the native speaker’s assistant teacher enhances the student’s learning effect with customized individual instruction. After all 10 classes, a high school English discussion forum will be held for participating students.

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English villages in Korea

English Villages in Korea using Education Buses

English villages in Korea have grown in popularity and usefulness for Korean students seeking vivid and interactive experiences with native speakers who are teaching English in Korea.

In one such case, the ‘Visiting English Experience Class-Fun English Bus’ is now being operated by Daegu Gyeongbuk English Village in 2022, which will visit 60 small elementary schools in 23 cities and counties in Gyeongsangbuk-do (Gyeongbuk Province) this year.

The bus visited Cheongha Elementary School near Wolpo Beach in Pohang on the 8th. Kim Gyu-hyeon (5 years old), who participated in the English experience class on this day, said, “It was amazing to meet a native speaker and speak English in person. I hope the fun English experience class will come again next time.”

The 45-seat Fun English Bus has space for various English experience activities instead of chairs. On this bus, four people, including a native English teacher and a Korean coordinator from Daegu-Gyeongbuk English Village, conduct English experience classes for one day, alternating between buses and classrooms for 2 hours each in the morning and afternoon at the visiting school.

On the bus, unique among English villages in Korea, you can find Talent Zone (introduction to various occupations, learning English songs), Culture Zone (Exploring the geography, culture, food, clothing, and housing of various countries around the world), Project Zone (involving project-based classes in a space to operate four experience programs including solar system principles, new and renewable energy exploration activities, etc) and Market Zone (to simulate commerce like buying and selling).

In the classroom, communication activities by subject, such as animals, family, and country, presentation of hobbies and hopes for the future, and simple physical education are conducted so that students can learn English in a fun way and learn about various cultures through experiences.

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Teaching English in Jeonju

English Teachers in Korea Receive Culture Workshop

English teachers in Korea who become employed as native English language assistants at public schools are receiving workshop training to improve their cultural assimilation in the workplace. In Jeollabuk Province (often referred to as Jeonbuk), home to popular cities such as Jeonju, the Office of Education there announced that it will hold a Korean culture experience and classroom competency strengthening workshop for 25 new native English language assistants affiliated with the Jeollabuk-do Office of Education on April 8th.

New native English language assistant teachers were selected through the screening process of EPIK (English Program in Korea), an invitation program for native speakers of the National Institute of International Education.

The workshop for new native speaker assistant teachers in Jeonbuk enhances their understanding of Korean schools and students by experiencing Korean traditions and culture. This is done every year for this purpose.

The new native speaker assistant teachers are scheduled to attend a special lecture on the presentation of best practices for cooperative classes between native English teachers in Korea and Korean teachers in the seminar room of the Choi Myung-hee Literature Center in Jeonju on the same day, and how to teach visitation classes of when they are scheduled to visit and teach at different schools in the province.

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