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July 27, 2004

ESL Program Struggling in Korea

The JoongAng Daily reported at the weekend on English education in Korea, where it has grown into a $3-billion a year industry. But as in Japan, the results have been less than impressive, with Korea languishing in 110th in international ranking based on TOEFL scores. The English Program in Korea, or EPIK which was launched by the government in 1995 and modelled largely on the JET Program, was "marked from the start by disorganization, miscommunication and allegations of corruption by its foreign teachers." The program "currently employs fewer than 300 teachers, representing less than 3% of the foreigners who come to Korea to teach English."
Teachers give bad grades to state-run ESL program

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