Notorious for the amount spent on higher education, Korea reaps the rewards ranking second out of 50 countries by Pearson Education on a new global education index called the Learning Curve.
Teachers should be aware that drugs laws in Korea are not the same as they are at home. If caught with marijuana you can face heavy fined and up to 5 years in prison.
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The world's first theme park dedicated to the humble restroom opens about an hour outside of Seoul in the City of Suwon.
So, you’re thinking of picking up the language when you come to Korea? Easy, even an elephant can do it!
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Korea’s paradise island boasts volcanoes, waterfalls, beaches, national parks, caves and forests. Make sure you take some time out of your year to visit the stunning tropical island which lies off the south coast.
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The most important thing for you to know is that it is not necessary to learn the language to live in Korea. Most signs are translated into English and the country is becoming ever more foreigner friendly. Unlike in the past a lot of Koreans have a basic grasp of English so if you are stuck you will usually be able to find someone to help you out. A lot of English has been absorbed into Korean, it even has it's own name, called Konglish, so if you are having difficulty try saying an English word with a Korean accent and you may strike it lucky! Learning a few basic phrases will help you get by but if you really want to absorb the culture then of course there is no reason why you shouldn't learn the language.
The Korean language is called Hanguk-
Do I need to know Korean to get by?
How about in the classroom?
How do I learn Korean?
Check out www.koreanwordgame.com a fun website created by one of our teachers to help you learn Korean
Your lessons will be conducted solely in English and in most hagwons Korean is prohibited. if your school doesn't have a no Korean policy we advise you introduce one into the classroom from the outset. Not only is it the best way for children to pick up English but if they can't speak the language and are prohibited from speaking Korean then they have little choice but to be quiet and listen, well.. Hopefully!
If you do decide to try and learn the language you will be pleased to know that the
Korean alphabet (Han-
Also, check out what's going on in your local city, a lot of the larger cities will have specially designed hagwons or programmes in the universities where you can study Korean for a small fee. You can also find classes connected to local churches or youth centres. In Cheongju for example the YMCA runs a 2 hours class every Saturday morning from 10am.
And, don’t forget language exchanges. Many Koreans will be more than happy to do a language exchange with you, it’s a great way to learn about not only the language but also the culture.