What is TaLK?
The TaLK program, sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science & Technology, invites adventurous global leaders, as Government Scholars. Participants will teach after school English classes in Korean elementary schools in rural areas while enjoying cultural programs.
The ‘TaLK (Teach & Learn in Korea)’ program is inviting native English speakers to teach English to students and to experience and learn about Korean culture. Sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, ‘TaLK’ will sponsor individuals interested in gaining personal and professional enrichment through teaching and learning in Korea. The program is open to citizens of countries where English is the national language.
For more information about TaLK, please contact Rita Rowand, Global Relations Specialist and Mason’s TaLK Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Min Park, Director of Korea Initiatives at email@example.com
Excerpt from Introduction to Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) by Stella Cho:
“The Korean government scholarship program Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) is currently recruiting its ninth term of applicants for the August 2012 semester. TaLK, a program tantamount to an international teaching internship, invites native English speakers to teach English at a rural elementary school while learning about the different facets of Korean culture. The TaLK Program is administered by the National Institute for International Education (NIIED), a central government organization under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST). Inspired by President Lee Myung-bak in 2008, the program’s mission is to strengthen English education in the rural areas by providing a chance for young children to interact with a native English speaker. Similarly, TaLK participants have the chance to learn about the traditional customs still valued and preserved in small, rural Korean communities.
“Although some might not enjoy working at rural areas due to various reasons, I personally like these kinds of circumstances because I truly believe that rural areas offer more complimentary teaching atmosphere than anywhere else in the urban area,” commented Ho Gun Che, second term TaLK Scholar from Canada. Che taught at Bangweol Elementary, a school of 32 students located in a small town in northern Ulsan Province. “Since everyone knows each other very well from kindergarten to [the] six grade, the friendship between each kid are very profound, as they all care one for another.” Che, who had originally signed up for six months with the TaLK Program, extended his contract because he wanted to continue doing what he loves”… Click here to read the rest of the article