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November 01, 2013

Republic of Korea

'Mothers are best teacher for children'

Teaching English in KoreaYBM, one of the largest language schools in Korea, is promoting the teaching of English at home, by mothers.

Teaching at home is becoming popular among mothers interested in teaching their children English, instead of sending them to private institutes.

The English Teachers Academy (ETA) has been taking advantage of the popularity of this to run a program for mothers who want to teach their children at home more professionally and effectively.

The program was developed and is provided by YBM, one of the largest language schools in Korea. It is based on the belief that mothers can be the best language teachers for their children.

“Mothers spend most of their time with their babies, so they are the first person from who babies can learn how to talk,” said Eun Soo-jeong, a general manager of YBM during a recent interview with The Korea Times.

“They don’t just read books to their children in a passive way, but narrate the stories in them. They sometimes sing songs or use toys or props while doing this,” Eun added.

“We have developed the ETA program for mothers who want to gain professional knowledge for home teaching. It also helps them to find jobs. Most of them gave up or resigned from work to devote themselves to caring for their children,” she said.

Read the full article from The Korea Times.

Photo courtesy of YBM

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