06-25-2007 18:01
US University Targets Korean Teachers


David Nunan,
president of Anaheim University
By Kang Shin-who
Staff Reporter

The head of a U.S. university is attempting to attract Korean English teachers who hope to get certification for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

David Nunan, president of Anaheim University, told The Korea Times that the school would launch online master¡¯s programs for TESOL as soon as next year in Korea. He was visiting Seoul last week to promote the programs.

``We introduced the first online master¡¯s degree for TESOL. Korean teachers can learn English teaching skills and immediately apply them to their classes through the programs,¡¯¡¯ Nunan said.

``Also, I can recruit the best professors from around the world. That¡¯s another big advantage that Korean students can get through the online programs,¡¯¡¯ he added.

The school provides 10 courses for the TESOL degree with the two-year program costing $12,000. Nunan emphasized that Korean English teachers should do away with the thought that they should have perfect English skills.

He also advised them that the English language should take a major place in English classes although there might be a place for the Korean language for better understanding.

``I have met more than 100 Korean English teachers so far and I want to tell them ``Be confident and remember that there are more people who use English as a second language rather than a first language,¡¯¡¯ he said.

Nunan also advised English teachers that teaching English is to train students with skills more like tennis than mathematics. ``English teachers should create situations for students so that they can practice what they have learned,¡¯¡¯ he said.

Nunan is a linguist who is one of the world's leading authors of English language teaching textbooks. His book ``Go for it!¡¯¡¯ has become the largest selling textbook series in the world with annual sales of over 50 million copies and total sales exceeding 180 million copies.

Anaheim University is an online institution of higher learning, founded in Orange County, California in 1996. The university operates under the approval of the State of California in accordance with the requirements set forth by the Bureau for Private Post-Secondary and Vocational Education and is authorized to grant graduate degrees at the master¡¯s level. The university currently offers a Professional Master of Business Administration (MBA) with on-campus classes in Tokyo and an online global MBA degree.

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