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What are the problems with English Education in Korea?


kimster79 1 / 3  
Nov 16, 2009   #1
Hello,everyone. I'm a new member of this website. And I'm here for help my first essay.

If there are any possible faults(grammer,expressions.. anything~!),please give me a tip.

Thank you,in advance.

Once again,I'm so glad to know this AWESOME web site! Hope you guys have a great day~!

<What are the problems with English Education in Korea? Discuss solutions to the problems with concrete examples.>

Let me tell you about one of my most embarrassing moments when I was on the military service. Throughout a middle school and high school educational courses, I had a good grade in English. Because not only interested in English, but good at memorizing English words and sentences. By the time I entered the mandatory Army service I fortunately had a chance to work with U. S. Army soldiers. Because of self-confidence about English, I thought that it won't be a problem with living with English speakers. But I was shocked and humiliated myself after talking with them. No matter how I tried to tell them in English, they just didn't understand what I said. After contemplating about my issues, finally I realized that I didn't take English as a language!

English is simply a language. This is exactly where English schooling problems in Korea begin. Most students who have had English classes and even collegians in Korea forget about taking English as a tongue. When studying English, they just want to gain a good score and take English as means to choose good college or to get a good career. As a result, these phenomena make most pupils and university students in Korea highly exam-conscious and most students tend to focus on reading and grammar. These biased study habits create many crucial difficulties when they speak and write in English. To solve linguistic obstacles, students in Korea must learn English as a language. Normally, if you want to learn new language, you have to concentrate on all aspects of its language which included grammar ,reading ,speaking ,listening and writing. Considering of speaking problems of Korean students, key to overcoming this might be trying to express your opinion directly and improve your speaking skills by listening very carefully what native speakers say. And whatever sound it is, you need to exactly repeat what you heard. Do not take seriously about each word, just keep sounds you just heard in mind. This will be very helpful ,specially when you pronounce prolonged sounds. This is how I've gotten better listening and speaking skills.

Unfortunately, there are other complicated problems with English education in Korea. I would say that these do not come from learners' fault, but some kind of reality that has social and educational system here in Korea. What I'm saying is that the Korean government changes English educational policies too often and lacks consistency. Every time policy turns to be different, bringing out wasted social expenses ,therefore, English teachers in school and parents of young learners got confused and squandered their efforts and money ,too. Furthermore, these policies create overheated English market. So people in private academy take advantage of making parent of learners invest money. But these parents and academies's efforts can make negative consequences such as learners' loss of interest. This is a huge problem which one person can not make it better, so almost every people who involved in educational system need to have harmonical understanding and then, we can enhance our English education system in a good way.

Like I said before, to fix our issues about English education, as long as we start to think English as a language and keep focusing on making our educational policies, I believe that learning English will be fun and interesting.

(Thanks for reading~!!)

elainedlcruz 11 / 25  
Nov 16, 2009   #2
Hi There,

It was a nice essay. I gained more understanding why a lot of Koreans are learning English nowadays.

I'm here to just give you some of my thoughts. My focus is more on the grammar which I am enhancing for my exam. I hope you get more insights.

Throughout my middle school and high school, I gained good grade in English.I am not only interested in English, but good in memorizing English words and sentences. By the time I entered the mandatory Army service, I fortunately had a chance to work with U. S. Army soldiers. With my self-confidence in English language , I thought it won't be a problem living with English speakers. However, I was shocked and found myself humiliating after speaking with them. No matter how I tried to express myself in English, they just didn't understand what I said. After contemplating about my issues, finally I realized that I didn't take English as a language!

...Considerthe speaking problems of Korean students, a key to overcome this might be to express your opinion directly and improve your speaking skills by listening very carefully to what native speakers say. And whatever sound like , you need to exactly repeat what you heard. Don' take each word seriously , just keep in mind the sounds you heard. This will be very helpful ,specially when you pronounce prolonged sounds.
OP kimster79 1 / 3  
Nov 16, 2009   #3
Hi,elainedlcruz!

Thanks for your help! You are the first person who passed a remark on my first essay. Cool~!

I won't never forget about your encouraging comments.

Hope you have a great day!
pcvrz34g 22 / 117  
Nov 16, 2009   #4
Hello (: Welcome to EssayForum.
I'm Korean too :D ! (:

You have a few grammar problems.

Because not only interested in English, but good at memorizing English words and sentences.

First of all, you don't have a subject in this sentence. The phrase "but also" MUST follow the phrase "not only." It's a rule that many writers don't abide. You should restate this sentence by saying something like: "Throughout middle and high school education courses, I maintained a good grade in English because I am not only interested in English, but I am also good at memorizing words and sentences."

You can take out "English" from "English words and sentences" because it's implied here that you are referring to English words and English sentences. You do not put "a" in front of "middle school and high school" because the object is "courses" and this is a plural. The word "good" is an elementary word because the word "good" has a very vague definition. Find a better word to replace "good" to clarify what you're trying to say.

By the time I entered the mandatory Army service I fortunately had a chance to work with U. S. Army soldiers.

"By the time" means followed by an event that pivots from the previous situation which is not what you're trying to say here. Rather, you should choose "When..." There should be a comma after "service."

After contemplating about my issues, finally I realized that I didn't take English as a language!

"finally" should go after "realized." I don't really understand what you're trying to say. You did take English as a language... This sentence is not clear.

You may want your English teacher to proof read this essay. I can't go through and address every grammatical problem here. If I can help you in any way, let me know. (: Good luck.

Julia
Poojasugandhi 18 / 35  
Nov 16, 2009   #5
There are some grammatical error in the essay. Rest if fine. I am not sure, whether a sentence could be start from "because" or not.
OP kimster79 1 / 3  
Nov 17, 2009   #6
Hi,Julia~!

Thanks for your comments.

As a starter of essay writing, I need a lot of help more than you can imagine...

well anyway,I'm pretty sure that I'll be better. Thanks again~

Have a great day~
pcvrz34g 22 / 117  
Nov 17, 2009   #7
I read that you go to dong-a university. Hey, it's pretty good for a Korean student to write this. I'm impressed. (: I'm only in 2nd grade level Korean. TT.TT I came to America when I was 7. (:

Considering of speaking problems of Korean students, key to overcoming this might be trying to express your opinion directly and improve your speaking skills by listening very carefully what native speakers say.

You should rather use "To address the problems that many Korean students encounter, they should express opinions directly and listen to Native Americans speak English to achieve higher speaking skills.

"Considering of" doesn't exist. If you say trying to express, then you must use another to verb; thus, you must use "and to improve".
OP kimster79 1 / 3  
Nov 18, 2009   #8
hey,Julia~

I think that learning Korean is much harder than studying English,so you need to put much efforts
to learn Korean. haha~ But you will be ok with that,because you are Korean.^^;

Actually,one of the reasons why I'm wrting an essay is I got an English essay contest in my univ. coming soon.

So,I have to study a lot. But the more I practice,the more I realize that writing an essay is not that easy. I don't even have a English teacher.

Anyway,I'm so glad to know you and hope to see you more often.

Well,once again thanks for your encourising comments.

Have a great day~
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,335 129  
Nov 18, 2009   #9
Throughout my middle school and high school educational courses, I had a good grade in English. I earned good grades, because I was not only interested in English, but also goo d at memorizing English words and sentences.

But I was shocked and humiliated myself after talking with them. No matter how I tried to express myself in English, they just didn't understand what I said. After contemplating about my issues, finally I realized that I had not taken English as a language!

What I'm saying is that the Korean government changes English educational policies too often and lacks consistency. -----> This is a great sentence!! You really do have a good vocabulary.

I'm glad you are here at EssayForum. Your insights into ELL are very profound, and you might be able to help a lot of people.

:-)


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