An expert in delivering teacher training programs for Korean English language Teachers in primary and secondary sectors for more than a decade

In today’s complex and ever changing world, where English is recognised as the global medium of communication, cross-cultural communications skills are essential for a successful international career. The Education Ministry of Korea established a generous funding scheme to upskill English language teachers, and enhance their level of spoken and written English language skills.

Korean primary and secondary teachers undertake six-months of training, including a month-long immersion at The University of Queensland’s Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education (ICTE) to complete their language and teaching methodology studies.

This program is regarded as the pinnacle of professional development for English language teachers in Korea. It is highly regarded, and only select teachers are invited to participate in this prestigious global immersion training. Sookmyung Women’s University started its Intensive In-service English Teacher Training Program (IIETTP) in 2007. Since then, Sookmyung’s IIETTP has become a leader in the globalisation of English education in Korea, turning out expert teachers who can effectively prepare Korean students to meet the multicultural, multilingual challenges of the 21st century.

In 2019, Sookmyung Women’s University partnered with ICTE for its IIETTP program through the funding from Gyeonggi Province Office of Education and the Education Ministry of Korea. Gyeonggi Province of Education also sent trainees from International Graduate School for English, and Seoul National University of Education, totalling 48 Korean teachers.

The program was highly successful, and gave Korean teachers the opportunity to professionally develop teaching skills in the following core areas:

• Australian teaching methodologies

• Language enrichment

• Experiential learning cycle

The program consisted of teaching methodologies, English language immersion and practical placements in local independent schools in South-East Queensland. Participants were able to conduct two cultural presentations on Korean cultural aspects during their six days at local Australian schools. These presentations were an opportunity to share their new teaching methods as well as increase their confidence in spoken English.

The program is sponsored by Gyeonggi-do Institite for Language Education, and the Education Ministry of Korea.