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July 06, 2005

More Bad News for Korean EFL

A couple of stories from South Korea. The Korea Times ran an article yesterday on "shocking" test scores, referring to a significant number of supposedly "excellent" English teachers who scored lower on the TOEIC test than the average for middle-school students. The article, subtitled "Incompetent Teachers, Wrong Methods Ruin English Education," cited the poor quality of many public school teachers as the main reason behind the growth on the private school industry and the increasing number of students going abroad to study.
Korea Times - Shocking Test Scores

A group of Korean students studying English in Canada were among those arrested in a recent major drug bust. 18 people, including seven EFL students, are being held by authorities in the Korean city of Suwon. Another eight Korean students were arrested in Canada and Japan, and are accused of trying to smuggle cocaine and methamphetamine into Australia and Japan. They are believed to have been hired to act as "mules" by organized crime operators in Canada. The street value of the drugs involved totals about US$250 million. Authorities in the three countries are working together with Korean prosecutors in a continuing investigation.
JoongAng Daily - Authorities bust up major drug smuggling ring
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