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English A Lecture, Is It Just Effective?
Mo Ye-lim  |  ye3030@cau.ac.kr
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           In Chung-Ang University, students must earn some credits by taking English A lectures. CAU allows up to 50 percent of the students to earn an A in such subjects. Nevertheless, many students are suffering from such English lectures. They are usually Korean students who are not familiar with English. Why are they having a hard time with their English A lectures? Let's take a closer look at the current situation of Chung-Ang University's lectures and why students are in trouble.
1. Present Condition of English A Lectures at Chung-Ang University
* Based on lectures opened in the first semester of 2019 at the Seoul Campus
Liberal Arts
Lecture
Credit
Communication in English
2
21C Globalism and Korea
3
English for Professional Track
3
Global Citizenship and Humanitarianism
2
Academic Reading
2
English Writing
2
Speech in English
2
Topical English
2
 
Major
College
Credit
Number of Lectures
Humanities
3
8
Social Sciences
3
23
Education Sciences
1
1
 
2
3
 
3
9
Natural Sciences
1
8
 
2
1
 
3
24
Engineering Science
1
2
 
2
1
 
3
34
 
6
1
Creative ICT
2
1
 
3
50
Software
2
1
 
3
12
Business and Economic
1
1
 
2
1
 
3
59
Medicine
2
2
Nursing
2
5
Arts
1
1
 
2
3
 
3
1
Medical
1
1
 
2. Limitation of English A Lecture
a. Hardship of Students Who Are Not Familiar with English
           Except for the students who graduated from special-purpose high schools, such as foreign language high schools, many Korean students have spent more than 12 years taking classes only run in Korean. Those who are not familiar with this fact might ask, "Aren’t there any English subjects in Korea?" However, Korean English classes are run through the injection-based education system centered on reading. Although there are English listening evaluations twice in a year, the importance of this is not emphasized because it only affects the grades of students living in Gyeonggi-do. Even if listening is emphasized, it will only be a means for evaluation. Therefore, it is natural that students who are not used to listening, speaking and writing in English enter a college and suffer from English lectures. Most of them have never been in such a situation.
b. Inaccurate Delivery of Knowledge
           From a professor's point of view, knowledge cannot be delivered as accurately as the native language ‘Korean.’ In addition, the professors' burden increases in the process of preparing lectures. Moreover, from a student’s point of view, most of the students who spent countless hours studying English for entering college are not familiar with practical English. For many of these students, taking classes in English makes it difficult to fully understand the new information. Furthermore, there is a limit to not being able to learn it properly. University is where students enter to deepen their knowledge in their chosen field of major. Therefore, one of the most important factors in university is a student’s knowledge of the major. If it is not delivered as effectively as when taught in Korean, it is deemed necessary to reconsider the meaning of English A courses and revise them.
<Students’ Opinions>
* CAH does not reveal students’ major to protect students’ identity.
Jung
           I am not sure if English lectures are really that efficient. It is good to open some English lectures for exchange students. However, I don't know if forcing Korean students to take English A lectures is efficient in improving their English skills or simply making them adjust to globalization. English lectures offered by foreign professors are inevitable, but I don't think Korean professors should give the knowledge relevant to their major in English. Especially, I wonder if we must take English lectures in our majors.
Baek
           I like English A lectures though other students seem to feel burdened by English lectures. During a lecture, some professors explain the concept again in Korean for the students who are not familiar with English. However, it might cause confusion to other students. There is no problem with the English of professors. They explain the contents in English to a level that students can understand. If professors really speak English like a native speaker, students will feel the lectures more difficult. Therefore, I think it is positive for the slow progress of the class in English as it is. This is because English is not the main thing but the content, so it helps students. I think English lessons are also helpful in the process of understanding the words used in majors that are made up of English. It is also positive in that friends who will go to foreign university as an exchange students can get used to English itself.
 
           So far, we have learned about the difficulties caused by English A lectures. Of course, English A lectures not only have limitations. Many people will agree with the significance of making students more familiar with English through English A lectures. However, if professors fail to provide proper education in English A lectures, it means that they need to be revised and improved. CAH hopes that by taking advantage of the advantages and supplementing the shortcomings, the lectures given at Chung-Ang University will be positively changed.
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