an English-speaking global education city in Korea
•• On August, 22, 2010, in The New York Times, an article entitled “Western Schools Sprout in South Korea” reported on plans to create "Jeju Global Education City" on Jeju Island off the coast of South Korea. The schools in the city would all be campuses of private educational institutions in English-speaking countries such as Great Britain, the United States, and Canada. All instruction would be in English and everyone living in the city, including doctors and store clerks, would be required to speak English at all times. According to the article, only 25-30% of the places in the schools would be available to Korean students. The others would be reserved for the sons and daughters of expatriates working in Korea and China. The promoters of the plan say they believe Korean parents will be eager to enroll their children in the school because they will be happy to avoid having to send them overseas to get an English-language education. They would save money by doing so because, although the fees in Education City would be be as much as $25,000 US per year, this is only about half of what it costs to have a child educated overseas. And there could be other benefits for Korean families: mothers often accompany very young children when they go abroad to study while fathers stay home, and this sometimes leads to marriage break up; in addition, young Koreans who have received most or all of their education in an English-speaking country sometimes find on returning that their Korean language skills have deteriorated badly.