Academic and Beauty Pressures in South Korea
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ESL Teacher, the importance of empathy towards your students far outweighs the need for strict obedience in classrooms. Anyone who has worked in South Korea can attest to the seriousness taken by not only parents and the directors of hagwons, but by the children too. On one such occasion whilst handing back corrected test results in one of my own classes (a vocabulary test), only one of my students did not receive a perfect score. Upon realizing this she burst into tears. Being somewhat naïve to the social pressures on youth in South Korea I failed at that moment to take seriously why she was obviously so upset over one mistake on an otherwise perfect test. It was only when her friends, through broken English, told me that her parents would be upset with her that I began to truly understand what it is to be an ESL teacher here in South Korea.
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Card, James. (2005). Life and Death Exams in Korea. Asia Times.com
Nota Bene: The above article was originally published in 2006 through Suite 101.com now known as Suite.io.
Corbin, M.R.J. (March 26, 2006), Suicide in Education. In ESL. Creative Marketeam Canada Ltd. Suite101.com. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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