KOTESOL 2019 National Conference

Katrina Sten

PEAK English Academy

Onnuri • Onnuri Hall • 16:00

Katrina Sten(PEAK English Academy)

+ Jeffrey Baldwin(Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology)

Talk / Hagwon Exposé: Where Student Motivation Equals Paychecks

Private Education, Education as a Business

When we think about the private English teaching experience in Korea our first thoughts are often negative. Yet, there are over 70,000 hagwons in Korea. Each year, parents spend millions of won and students spend hundreds of hours on supplemental education, and hagwon teachers are heavily invested in student success; it is critical to the proliferation of their careers. In this workshop, a current hagwon owner and former hagwon instructor will demonstrate how a hagwon's greatest expense is typically their most valuable asset: the teaching staff. We will give you a comprehensive overview of the private English teaching industry in Korea, concluding with a discussion on how hagwon teachers can rise above the negativity and positively motivate students to reach their full potential.

About Katrina

Katrina Sten has taught ESL in Korea since 2012. She is the director of Peak English Academy in Mokpo, and has worked at more than ten schools and organizations in Jeollanamdo. She can be reached at Kat.Sten@gmail.com.

About Jeffrey Baldwin

Jeffrey Baldwin has a Masters in TESOL and is currently working in Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology. He has been teaching English abroad for seven years.