Evaluation of a trial project for the creation and total integration of English in a mid-sized Private University in Korea

| April 5, 2005
Title
Evaluation of a trial project for the creation and total integration of English in a mid-sized Private University in Korea

Keywords: TOEFL, TSE, TWE, Writing, Conversation, Testing

Author
Lineman, Maurice., Ha, Peter., Sanders, Scott., Shim, Hae-Shin., &Vercoe, Todd

Bio Data
Maurice Lineman teaches English Conversation and writing at Inje University in Kimhae, Korea. He has a MSC in Ecology, a BEd., a BFA (performance) and a BSc. from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatchewan, Canada. He has taught in both Canada and in Korea since 2000. His interests lie in the connection between phonetics and music as related to instruction and in teaching writing.

Peter Ha teaches English conversation at Inje University in Kimhae, Korea. He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Leuven University in Belgium. He has been teaching English conversation in Korea since 2001.

Scott Sanders teaches English conversation at Inje University in Kimhae Korea. He has an advanced degree in Philosophy from the University of Manitoba in Manitoba, Canada. He has been teaching English for 7 years in Korea.

Shim, Hae Shin teaches English at Inje University in Kimhae Korea. She has an MA in Christian Education from Biola University, and did her Masters in English at Inje University in Kimhae. She recently finished her Ph.D. classes at PNU.

Todd Vercoe is a Masters of Arts candidate at Teacher College, Columbia University. He has been teaching for over 2 decades, the last nine years in Korea. He has a BA specialized honors from York University.

Abstract
In the spring of 2004, as part of the rejuvenation and restructuring of Inje University, the idea of an English Campus, in which the University (a private university in southeastern Korea) would become a campus devoted to the instruction and use of English throughout the curriculum, was created. The idea, like many ideas for growth and development in tertiary institutions was put on hold until an opportune moment for implementation arose. In August of that year, several committees were established with goals designed to create a fully functioning English University in a non-native environment. Of these committees, there was one entitled, The High Class English Committee whose function was to increase the students TOEFL ® TSE and TWE scores by a factor of one. The results of this five-week trial project for this committee are hereby recounted. Overall, trends showed an increase of 1.5 points for the written component with the speech component scores increased by one.

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