The Korean government has implicated quantitative Expansion of English Education. However, this policy does not seem to produce positive effects on students in Korea.
I have heard that quantity is pivotal to learning foreign languages, but quality should not be ignored. The quantitative expansion of English education in Korea was a policy that has been implemented without reasonable or scientific grounds, focusing only on quantity, ignoring quality, and not balancing education sufficiently. As a result, the policy failed.
The motivation for improving international competitiveness is good. However, it is desirable for the Korean government to gather experts or researchers to make decisions based on their words or objective and scientific information. This is because a country’s decision may prosper the country, but in contrast, it can make things worse. In particular, education is about cultivating the culture, skills, and character of the nation’s people, so the education system should be organized wisely because a country is a collection of people, so if the quality of the collection is lacking, the quality of the country naturally decreases.
Companies should also refrain from hiring based on how much the person has English skills. This is because companies that need some English are good, but companies that do not need it should employ by applicant’s expertise or skills rather than language skills.
The Korean government also introduced English immersion education in the EFL environment too much.
Many experts say that English immersion education did not work. Lecture in English is good for learning English, but learning expertise in English makes it more challenging to learn. In other words, there was a problem with the lack of distinction of the objectives.
It was also an unreasonable decision to define global economic power as English. For example, in other countries, Japan ranks third in GDP in the world, but large Japanese companies are filling their international competitiveness with their expertise, not English. In common, countries that can speak English have high GDP, but it is not logical to specify that English contributes to growing GDP.
The Korean government should investigate carefully what advantages Korea has internationally and how to improve its international power. Also, universities and companies should not work because the government invests money but consider how to flourish the country.
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