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English Lecture in College- Effective or Not effective

   English is the most  widely spoken language  in fields such as business, academics, science etc. Therefore, as the highest level of  education, colleges all over the world require students to acquire the knowledge of it, and they are  attempting to adapt courses in different fields of study to include instruction in English.  Korea, the most passionate nation for learning foreign   languages, is also making an effort to  incorporate English lectures into curriculums. Advocates for lectures in English  support the assertion  that they have a positive effect  on both students and the globalization of Korea itself. However,  more time is needed to implement them properly, since these programs have not been fully prepared.  This lack of preparation has caused problems  on the economic side and in their effectiveness for  students’ studies.


   English lectures are considered to be effective since people believe they enable students to attain two important qualities,  acquisition of the language and  understanding the contents of the class, at once. While it seems perfect from the outside ,  there are still many problems to be solved before English lecture programs can be  integrated into university curriculums. According to an article from Money Today, both students and professors are having  difficulties with this process,  since professors are  burdened  to give lectures in English, and   students are also having difficulties in grasping  important concepts  in their  courses. Accordingly, some professors decided to give fifteen minute summaries of the whole lecture  as a supplement, which isn’t effective at all. The example above  shows that in aiming to kill two birds with one stone, introducing English lectures has actually  resulted in losing both of the birds,  because there hasn’t been enough preparation in advance,  and it has caused a lowering the morale  in both learning and teaching.


    As mentioned above, there is growing evidence that English lectures  can lead to financial problems and have a bad influence on students’ studies. First, on the economic side, it has brought about  extra expenses. For instance, to put the idea into action, both professors and students should be prepared in advance, which means colleges ought to open up more basic English classes for students and training courses for professors or ,as an alternative, they might have to offer teaching assistants  to allow lectures to progress smoothly. All of these methods  require universities to invest money.  Also, according to an article from CJ News , students are also burdened because of English based lectures since they have  difficulties in understanding the overall content of the classes and picking out important points. Therefore, as a solution, they decided to register  at private educational institutes for  better understanding of school lectures. This example demonstrates that the idea of English lecture can give economic pressures both for students and colleges.


   Second,  English lectures can decrease  efficiency  in studying. For students, the lecture in foreign language itself can be a huge burden. For instance, if they take major courses in English , it  can cause  misunderstanding of course contents since there might misconceptions about  terms and concepts. Also, they must spend much more time just to  translate lecture contents into Korean because it is quite difficult for them to understand the contents in English itself.  This means that English lectures can cause a lot of confusion for  students,  since there are issues of miscomprehension of concepts.


   In conclusion, whether English lectures really are effective or not is becoming more and more controversial.  They may  eventually prove to be effective, but  integrating them into school curriculums should be postponed until  programs are fully  prepared. 

Kim Yoon-ji  yoonji10@yahoo.com

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