1. Miguel and a changing environment


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    While looking at some of these issues in El Salvador, I met a farmer, Miguel. He had fought in the CIA funded Salvadoran Civil War (1979–1992) and had finally settled, as did so many of the exhausted FLMN fighters, in the Lower Lempa Valley in the south of the country. These are strong people, not just physically but psychologically. People who understand more than they are told. People who still thrive in communities that continue to sustain some kind of cultural identity. Miguel was not to be the subject of the commissioned film, he was not a full time farmer, and his philosophy too raw for certain audiences. Being a very opinionated and passionate man, he wanted to talk, he wanted to sing, and he wanted to tell the world that although he may not be a scientist, he knew what was happening to his environment, our environment, and who was to blame. So I filmed him and said I would make a small film to help him communicate with some of the 7 billion people on this planet. This is Miguel’s film. With thanks to Miguel and his family and the community of the Lower Lempa, El Salvador. Music by Proyección Activa. Ariel footage thanks to the wonderful flying skills of Robert Hendrix and his micro-lite in California. http://www.sportpilottrainingcenter.com Field translations by Cristina Alonso ~ cristina669@hotmail.com For more information please visit CESTA ~ http://www.cesta-foe.org.sv/ FoEI ~ http://www.foei.org/

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          This is a presentation (talk) for Faridah Pawan's class at Indiana University. This issue is Teaching English Through English in Korea. Teaching English Through English (TETE) in Korea This document is available at http://tinyurl.com/tetekorea, which has links to the other resources mentioned in the video. Critical Incident 13 years ago, I worked as an English-teacher-for-hire through a local institute in an affluent northern suburb of Seoul, South Korea. Part of my job was to conduct supplemental English courses at local schools (primarily middle and high schools). I would usually be shown on a map where to go and then I would find my way to the school and try to track down someone who could show me which classroom to go to and give me any other instructions/guidelines for the course. One day, I received an assignment to go to a middle school near my home. I went through the process of locating the school and went there early one morning. Upon entering the school, I was able to use my very limited Korean to let the person in the office know that I was the English teacher there for the English classes. She looked stunned, unable to talk, and rushed out of the room. This reaction was not unusual. People are often nervous when trying to communicate with someone in another language. I just assumed that she had hurried off to find someone more comfortable communicating with me such as the English teacher. She returned alone and still looked quite nervous. I asked if the English teacher was there to which she replied timidly, "I am English teacher." This experience, while the extreme, was common in my visits to local schools at the time. The ability to communicate in English was neither a requirement for teachers nor students. While much has changed over the last decade, it is still difficult to find English programs fully staffed with teachers who are both highly trained educators and who have advanced English proficiency. This frames one of the major issues in educational policy moving forward with Teaching English Through English (TETE) schemes at elementary, secondary, and tertiary schools. In order to teach English through English, teachers must be proficient in the language. How is this problem being addressed? Teaching English Through English (TETE) has been discussed in Korean education policy circles for years. While it has been strongly encouraged country-wide, the Seoul Metropolitan Ministry of Education has recently stated that it will require this practice beginning in 2012 (though originally for 2010). The merits and demerits of TETE in the Korean context are still greatly debated, but I'll let you all make up your own minds under the wonderful tutelage of Professor Pawan :) University English Language Education Programs: As a professor in the English Language Education Department at Sangmyung University in Seoul, I have a particular interest in this topic. Our university is addressing this issue head-on by emphasizing English language instruction at the university level, requiring a course in classroom English which is directly aimed at providing students with the language skills necessary to work with English language learners (ELLs) in English, and tutoring students and recent graduates on how to pass the English Teacher Examination (which focuses greatly on interview skills and mock teaching). In addition, in-service teachers are pursuing certificates and graduate work in TEFL requiring them to apply their knowledge of their students & context, instructional theory, and their own language skills to provide effective instruction of ELLs in Korean schools. English Teacher Certification: The English Teacher Examination in Korea is a brutally competitive exam that cannot be passed without an advanced level of proficiency in the English language as well as knowledge of general learning, instructional, and SLA theory. And passing this exam is a teacher's only hope in being hired at a Korean public school. However, this exam has only been in place for the last few years and the current incarnation is only a year old. Both universities and private institutes have been scrambling to provide learning experiences to improve their students' chances of passing this exam. Competition amongst schools is intense and every program wants to boast of its successful students. Universities are changing their curricula to respond to the skill sets the exam focuses on. The greatest changes come with increased emphasis on productive language skills (the programs always focused on theory) such as essay writing, presentation skills, mock teaching, and other academic language areas. These same areas, particularly writing skills, have been picked up by private institutes cashing in on students' desires to become public school teachers. Teacher Professional Development: While new teachers are very likely to have the language and teaching skills necessary to implement TETE, existing teachers are less likely to. In years past, good test scores on English grammar enabled one to teach English in public schools. As the teacher portrayed previously, many did not have the language skills to communicate through English. Later, these teachers were required to received 120 hours of in-service training credits; however, the outcome of this policy has not seemed to have been sufficient. In the last few years, however, many programs and policies have emerged to provide teachers with English language training as well as proposals to fire those who cannot perform. "Foreign" Teachers of English: The TETE issues outlined above focus on the training of Korean teachers. However, throughout the 90's and into the 2000's, the focus of TETE was largely on recruiting teachers from English-speaking countries, primarily Canada and the USA. Not surprisingly, this policy has been criticized often due to cultural incongruities, hiring of teachers with little to no formal training (though consistent with existing visa regulations), and funding requirements. Even with a huge influx of foreign teachers (2007 estimates indicate over 17,000 on E2 visas alone), the brunt of the English teaching load is still up to Korean teachers and, thus, the focus staffing and training Korean teachers of English to better fill the needs of Korean schools. These are some of the images used under creative commons license: * Young girl studying in a park - http://www.zeroatthebone.com/uploaded_images/IMG_1192-708276.jpg * Girls' Korean class - http://lh5.ggpht.com/_iJs9SpNfinI/Sh-CP6KeveI/AAAAAAAACKM/5WUPwpyQEEw/IMG_0811.JPG * "Foreign" teacher posing with Korean students - http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalleboo/2459172026/sizes/l/ * Student with head down - http://www.flickr.com/photos/brookebocast/199276257/sizes/l/ * Graduation - http://s0.geograph.org.uk/geophotos/01/40/20/1402099_d5e1394b.jpg * Students taking an exam - http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://farm1.static.flickr.com/123/359572656_51a00dc2a6.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.flickr.com/photos/cristic/359572656/&usg=__lKm9Zdb6ab7DxjciC150Ev-P9c0=&h=375&w=500&sz=150&hl=en&start=23&sig2=Z9Z8J78FdIwUOSOBGG9Iug&tbnid=mcjXj3gbpvSRqM:&tbnh=98&tbnw=130&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dexam%26imgtbs%3Dr%26as_st%3Dy%26ndsp%3D20%26as_rights%3D%28cc_publicdomain%257Ccc_attribute%257Ccc_sharealike%257Ccc_noncommercial%257Ccc_nonderived%29%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26start%3D20&ei=oFZUS_uHDNCgkQW6p_nABQ

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