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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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