Monday, November 30, 2009
Hankyoreh looks at challenges NSETs face.
The Hankyoreh's Kim Yeong-hun interviewed some native speaker English teachers here to get an overview of the challenges they face, including: inattentive students, co-teachers who don't cooperate, consult, or participate, directors who don't know English or anything about teaching techniques, and surprisingly large class sizes.
The article also incorporates perhaps the most overused "English" word of the season, "loser" (루저), and says that NSETs feel like losers in school---"학교에선 우리가 ‘루저’다"---because of these challenges. I've written numerous times that NSETs are often set up to fail in public schools because of the lack of planning and support given them, say what you want about their youth or lack of "qualifications."