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English Villages Become Part of Hallyu

2011/08/02 Source

English villages are English education institutions unique to Korea.
Here, we find some very special students.

[Interview : ] "My name is Sonya".
[Interview : ] "I'm from Japan".
[Interview : ] "My name is Anya. I am from Russia. My city is Vladivostok. I am sixteen".

The English village in Paju is the most famous of its kind in Korea.
When vacation begins, the village swarms with students signing up for English language programs.
The students do not only come from within Korea.
Korea's English villages are becoming popular among students from China, Russia, and Japan.

[Interview : Jang Won-jae, Secretary-General Gyeonggi English Village] "Around 79 or 80 foreign students stay with us. 30 students come from mainland China, and 20 students, as you may see, come from Russia. And now we are having 16 Japanese middle school students plus 13 Japanese adult students. So 79 or 80 students all together".

The number of foreign students enrolled at six Korean English villages has been doubling each year since 2008.
Every English village has a strict rule.
No matter how difficult it is, all students must speak in English all the time.
The English village has all the workings of actual communities.
As students come from a variety of countries, Korea's English villages are growing into global villages.

[Interview : Student from Russia] "We learn when we play. In Russia, when we think, when we talk, when we write".

[Interview : Student from Russia] "Here, it's most interesting".

[Interview : Student from Japan] "We have a different world and different culture, but we can understand each other anyway. So fun".

[Interview : Park Hye-ok, Professor International Graduate School of English] "In reality, English is spoken more between non-native speakers than between native speakers and non-native speakers. So if they experience that kind of valuable experience that communicate each other in English, between non-native speakers, it will be a really meaningful experience for the students".

Korea's English villages found a blue ocean in Korea's English education market.
They are aiming to become a hub of English education by creating an optimal environment for learning English in a non-English-speaking country.
Now, English villages are becoming a part of the Korean wave.

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