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Appetite for language costs S Korea dear

October 5, 2010

This article is around four years old, but don’t let that distract you from the main points under discussion.

Do you think the points made are still relevant? Have the English learning methods changed for you over the past five years? How have they done so? In your experience what has been the best or worst method you’ve been a victim of? What changes would you like to see brought in to English language learning in Korea?

Here’s the article:

    Appetite for language costs S Korea dear

    Massive spending is failing to raise standards,

    by James Card
    Friday 15 December 2006

    South Koreans are spending $15.3bn a year on private English lessons, according to a new report by the country’s leading economic thinktank. But while Koreans appears to have an insatiable appetite for education, they remain hampered by low self-esteem as linguists.

    The Economics of English report was published by the Samsung Economic Research Institute (Seri) last month. It claims that total expenditure on language learning accounts for 1.9% of South Korea’s GDP.

    The report also assesses the potential value of the English language to South Korea and how teaching can be improved. However, the starkest figures expose the shortfall between expenditure and achievement.

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