Brian writes about this as well, and links to articles in English by Korea Times and Hankyoreh. The Chosun Ilbo has it in English here.
This GEPIK questionnaire for parents regarding foreign teachers is worth looking at as well.]
Yesterday Yonhap published the following article:
Korean students prefer Korean teachers for English educationThis was reported by several other news outlets:
Satisfaction in regard to native speaking teacher classes is high
Results of research by Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education into the realities of English education staff.
Satisfaction with native speaker English education in schools is high, but a survey has found that many think that in the long term, Korean teachers should teach English.
According to the results of the "Study analyzing the results of the Seoul English education strengthening policy and development plan" released by SMOE on the 27th, parents, students and teachers are satisfied with current native speaking teachers but the opinion came out that in the medium and long term Korean English teachers with English ability should be responsible for school English education.
The study was based on interviews with or online surveys by 28,761 students enrolled in 1,282 elementary, middle and high schools in Seoul, 11,980 parents, 2,406 English teachers, and 595 native speaking English assistant teachers, among others.
The survey found that 54.2% of parents thought that native speaking English assistant teachers helped their children improve their English skills.
The number of parents who were 'satisfied' with Korean English teachers' classes stopped at 39%. The reason for this was 'lack of English skills' (35.8%), lack of enthusiasm for class' (20.2%), and because 'students did not understand' (16.6 percent).
Among students as well, the number of those satisfied with the native speaking English teacher's class (60.0%) was slightly higher compared to Korean English teachers (55.3%).
However, when asked about what category of English teacher was most desirable, the most common choice among parents (62.2%) was "a Korean teacher with excellent English conversation ability who is good at teaching."
This was followed by "native speaking English assistant teachers" (26.9%) and "Korean Teachers who lack English conversation skills, but who are good at teaching (11.0%), which can be construed as a preference for Korean teachers as long as their English ability is sufficient.
Students as well chose "Korean teachers with excellent English conversation ability who is good at teaching" (53.7%) over "native speaking English assistant teachers" (29.7%).
62.4% of parents answered that there should be native speaking English assistant teachers, and responded negatively to the suggestion that English assistant teachers be reduced.
As for the opinion of Korean teachers in regard to native speaking English assistant teachers, they answered that they contributed to the improvement of students' English ability and confidence, but pointed out that there was difficulty managing co-teaching classes and level/graded classes (? 수준별 수업) with native speaking teachers.
As for their difficulties at school, native speaking English assistant teachers counted "Korean teachers lack 'know how' in regard to classroom management" (27.0%) the most, followed by "Korean teachers who are not familiar with co-planning lessons" (18.8%) and "lack of mutual understanding based on cultural differences" (14.3%).
Newsis: 90% of native speakers say "Students' ability improves in my class"; but students prefer Korean teachers to native speakers.
Money Today: Half of students say "We can't interact with the native speaking teacher."
Financial News: "In the long term, it's better that Korean teachers teach English"
Asia Today: For English education in schools there is a preference for excellent Korean English teachers.
Money Today: Students-Parents: "Satisfied with Seoul public school English education"
Kukmin Ilbo: More than half of students and parents in Seoul prefer 'Korean teachers' over native speakers
Segye Ilbo: More participation by students in English class, increase Korean teachers
Hankyoreh: Native speakers are unconditionally the best in English education? "Korean teachers with excellent ability are preferable."
Financial News: "It's preferable that Korean English teachers with ability should teach."
Seoul Sinmun: "Preference for Korean teachers over native speaking teachers."
Asia Gyeongje: SMOE: "Reduce native speaking teachers and foster Korean English teachers."
EBS: "Korean English teachers more desirable than native speakers."
It's nice to see Newsis having some fun with their title. I'd be curious to see more of the actual questions/possible choices for answers on this survey. That people would prefer, in the long run, to have Korean teachers teaching English instead of importing foreign teachers is a bit of a no-brainer, really. Who would disagree with that statement? No one was ever planning to keep hiring foreign teachers in public schools into the 22nd century.
It's interesting that there is opposition to the idea of reducing native speaking assistant teachers by parents, according to the survey. Last week, Park Dong-u, a councilor on the Gyeonggi Provincial Council (which oversaw the budget cut that left GEPIK in limbo) said at a council meeting on next year's education budget that native speaking teachers should be reduced each year beginning in the cities, because one can be exposed to more English in the cities as opposed to rural farming communities. As they are reduced, guidance counsellors should be increased.
In related news, 50 schools (half of them elementary schools) in Gyeonggi are implementing remote video lectures by native speakers for schools in rural areas, and are holding workshops for teachers from these schools in Bucheon and Ansan today and tomorrow.