According to GSC’s survey, most students think major english lecture is unnecessary.
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One of the things that Dongguk University’s General Student Council (GSC), Doyak, is currently carrying is reorganization of the major English lectures. Dongguk University’s graduation requirements include taking major English lectures. This has been a problem so far because it disturbs understanding of the major. Also, students have to take English lectures even though their majors are not related with English. Therefore, the GSC raised an objection about the effectiveness and quality of major English lectures, and requested the school headquarters to monitor the major English lectures. Also, in order to gather opinions from students, the GSC conducted a survey about the current status of major English lectures from March 8th to 15th and shared the results on March 17th. According to the results, for questions related to the effectiveness or major English lectures, 64.7% answered that major English lectures reduce understanding of majors, and 80.9% answered that major English lectures do not help improve English skills or are irrelevant with them. As for the question related to the quality of the lecture, 56.9% answered that although they are English lecture, most of them are taught in English and Korean at the same time, showing that the quality of major English lectures is questionable. As a result, the GSC stated that 78% of the students agree that they sympathize with the necessity of abolishing the mandatory major English lectures or easing the graduation requirements.
Song, senior of the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering of Dongguk University, also deeply sympathized with the necessity of reorganizing major English lectures system. She said, “Due to the feature of the major, there are many terminologies, and the class is very difficult. It is difficult to understand even if the class is taught in Korean. Furthermore, since they are taught in English, more students have difficulty understanding. In addition, the quality of the lectures cannot be guaranteed because there are professors who are good at English like native speakers, but also those who are bad at delivering the lecture to students in English.” She added that it would be better to reduce the number of English lectures because it affects the professionalism of the lectures and learning ability of students. However, she demonstrated lukewarm attitude about the GSC’s survey. She also said, “I do not have any complaint about graduation requirements because it was naturally met by taking classes. The only matter is understanding the lecture, but this is not only related to professors’ delivery but also students’ English skill. Therefore, I think the GSC’s survey can be used as a reason for the school to increase the number of English lectures, not a reason to reduce it.”
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