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Teaching English in Korea
During this 6 week summer program, students will teach English at the Kyunghwa Girls’ Private School in South Korea while earning practicum credit, which may be applied to the ESOL endorsement for teacher licensure.
Gwangju, Gyeonggi, South Korea
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During this 6-week summer program, students will teach English at the Kyung Hwa Private Girls’ School in South Korea while earning practicum credit, which may be applied to the ESOL endorsement for teacher licensure. The program will begin with a series of on-campus seminars prior to departure designed to introduce KU students to the Korean language, engage students in cross-cultural activities relevant to South Korea, and provide an opportunity for students to learn more about the school and their Korean hosts. 

The program as a whole will engage students in a study of theories of second language acquisition and models of English as a Foreign Language practice.  In addition, students will have exposure to issues related to English as an International Language, with particular focus on the role of English in contemporary South Korea. 

While in South Korea, students will participate in two group excursions: an extended visit to Seoul and a weekend excursion to the coastal city of Sokcho.



South Korea has a 5,000 year history with ancient palaces, pagodas and stunning green landscape with majestic mountain tops. It also has ultra-modern skyscrapers and a fast paced city life. In addition, it is one of the world’s most technologically and scientifically advanced countries due to companies such as Samsung and LG serving as global leaders in electronics.

Seoul, with a population of over 20 million in its metropolitan area, is one of Asia’s largest cities and is the political, financial and cultural center of Korea.

The Kyunghwa Girls’ Private School campus is located in Gwangju Gyeonggi, a southeastern suburb of Seoul. The residential school comprises a high school, a middle school, and an English business high school. The campus is on a hillside overlooking the city and well-appointed with classrooms, dormitories, dining facilities, gardens, tennis courts, a swimming pool, and gymnasium.

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This program fulfills the KU Core Goal 4.2 Global Awareness requirement, and replaces the "Non-Western" ANTH 160/SOC 130 requirement for Education majors.

Six (6) hours of undergraduate or graduate level credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program. 

Undergraduate students will enroll in the following courses:

  • C&T 491 ESOL Practicum for endorsement (3 credits) -- This course may be applied to the ESOL endorsement for teacher licensure.
  • C&T 598 Special Course: ESOL Pedagogy (3 credits)

Graduate students will enroll in the following courses:

  • C&T 825 Practicum for TESOL (3 credits) -- This course may be applied to the ESOL endorsement for teacher licensure.
  • C&T 798 Special Course: ESOL Pedagogy (3 credits)

Education students who have already taken one of the two practicum courses may opt to enroll in the course as an independent study.


Students will be housed on the Kyung Hwa campus in shared dormitory rooms (4 – 6 people per dorm room) and will dine in the Kyung Hwa dining room. Three meals will be offered each day (including weekends).  Meals are typically Korean but may also include western choices.  Participants are responsible for their own meals while on group excurions.


KU undergraduate and graduate students whose primary academic focus is TESOL and/ or education will be eligible for this program. Students studying in the areas of linguistics, English, and East Asian Languages and Cultures may be considered. There are no prerequisites; however, students with some teaching/tutoring experience, especially with English language learners, will be highly competitive. A course in TESOL methods is strongly encouraged prior to participation in the program; however, students without a prior methods course will receive instruction on TESOL methods during their pre-departure orientation. Proficiency in Korean is not a prerequisite; however, students selected to the program will receive instruction in Korean during the pre-departure orientation and once in Korea. Minimum 2.75 GPA required.  

Program Faculty: 

Hyesun Cho, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, TESOL

Lizette Peter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Curriculum & Teaching

Department of Curriculum and Teaching
University of Kansas
1122 W. Campus Rd.
Lawrence, KS 66045

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