Paju is a city in Yogi Province, South Korea. Paju was made a city in 1997; it had previously been a county Gun. The city is located just south of Panmunjeom on the 38th parallel. The English village in Paju, north of Seoul has enjoyed the fame for being the country’s largest English studies theme park. The government plans to raise up a whole new town for the one purpose i.e. to teach English as it is a necessity in today’s world.
Jeju English Education City will sprawl over a land area nearly 170 times that of Paju’s. Officials close to the project say roughly US$830 million will be funneled into the city that’s scheduled to open in early 2013. The blueprint will be laid out in the first half of next year and construction will begin soon after. Around 12 schools would be build in which seven would be elementary schools, four middle schools and one international high school. Dorms will also be built to accommodate the 9,000 students who will attend year-round. Two of the schools will open ahead of the rest in 2010 as a sort of test-run for the grand scheme.
Students will study entirely in English which is taught by native English speakers except for subjects of Korean and Korean history. However, the curriculum will be recognized by the Ministry of Education, a move the government hopes will slow the exodus of young Koreans to distant shores. The demand for English teachers in Korea greatly exceeds the supply and just about anyone from an English-speaking country with a four-year university degree can find a job in Korea. These jobs provide salary, airfare to Korea, housing, and severance pay. Due to the high demand for native English teachers in Korea a lot of money can be made teaching English there. There have been countless stories of Westerners coming to teach English in Korea under promises of large salaries, bountiful bonuses, and competitive benefits only to find that their work conditions are very different from those they were promised.
Most people who come to Korea to teach English enjoy their experience and find the vast majority of Koreans to be kind and friendly people. The annual tuition is estimated at about $10,000 and that will include housing but not dining. The government says Jeju English Town could save the nation’s families up to $500 million a year once the doors swing open.
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