University English: the blog for ESL students

June 4, 2009

Tuition Problem

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 7:51 am

demonstration

memorial

demonstration

cutting hair

Glossary:

* struggle – very hard to do something.
* suicide – the act of killing yourself deliberately.
* excessive – too much, too extreme.
* pyramid scheme – a non-sustainable business model that involves the exchange of money primarily for enrolling other people into the scheme, often without any product or service being delivered.
* prostitution – working as a whore who earns money by having sex with people.

Tuition Problem

A year’s tuition costs about 10 million won.[1] Most university students have a burden of paying for tuition. So more and more students are taking leaves or absence, and they are struggling to pay for their tuition. It is hard for students to concentrate on their studies, because they have to work at part time jobs to pay for their tuition.Sometimes, a few students choose an extreme method – suicide because of the burden of paying for tuition.[2] The main cause of increasing tuition is that Korea universities depend more on tuition than universities from other countries. This means that we are paying more because the government is paying less. Students efforts for earning tuition are excessive. There are various kinds of efforts such as pyramid schemes and prostitution etc. Like this, struggling to do part-time jobs is our reality instead of striving only for studying and self-improvement. We can hardly feel improvement of educational administration service, despite increasing tuition.

References:

[1] http://newsmaker.khan.co.kr/khnm.html?mode=view&code=115&artid=19839&pt=nv
[2] http://www.kyongbuk.co.kr/main/news/news_content.php?id=264752&news_area=070&news_divide=07003&news_local=&effect=4

Discussion Questions:

1. What is the reason that tuition is increasing?
2. What are the effects of high tuition?
3. What is the solution to the problem of high tuition?
4. Do you know what tuition costs in other countries?
5. What do you think about our school’s tuition?
6. By what methods have people demonstrated for lower tuition?

[Class#157, Group#6, Go Min Gu, Lee Soo Min, Jung Bo Ra, Jo Hyeon Jun]

Kang Ho-Soon’s serial killings

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 7:19 am
Kang Ho-Soon droop his head

Kang Ho-Soon droop his head

Kang Ho-Soon's incendiary fire

Kang Ho-Soon's incendiary fire

Kang Ho-Soon's smile

Kang Ho-Soon's smile

Glossary :

* arrest: to seize(a person) by legal authority or wattant
* slope: the side of a mountain, hill, or valley.
* capital punishment: Judge decide death to prisoner
* serial killer: Serial killings or attacks are a series of killings or attacks committed by the same person.
* psychopath: someone who has serious mental problems and who may act in a violent way without feeling sorry for what they have done.

Kang Ho-Soon’s serial killings

Several months ago, Kang Ho-Soon was arrested for killing many people. He killed women, not men. He killed about ten people. This serious situation happened in cars, houses, and on mountain slopes. Policemen asked, “Why did you kill people?” Kang Ho-Soon said, “No reason.” He is a serial killer. Maybe he had no emotion. He was married four times. But his wives, and even one of their mothers died.[1] But only his two kids survived. Because he said, “I love my sons.”
When he was a student, he was quiet and normal. And his neighbors were shocked when they found out their kind neighbor was serial killer. Because they always thought he was a good person. Maybe they couldn’t believe it. He always cared for sick elderly women and he visited neighbors.
A newspaper and an on-line newspaper revealed Kang Ho-soon’s face. Some felt that revealing his face to the public was a violation of his human rights.[2] At the end of it all, the murderer was sentenced to death.[3]

References:

[1] http://ko.wikipedia.org/wiki/%EA%B0%95%ED%98%B8%EC%88%9C
[2]http://ko.wikipedia.org/wiki/%EA%B0%95%ED%98%B8%EC%88%9C
[3] http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=102&oid=001&aid=0002621421

Discussion Questions:

1. Do you agree that he deserved capital punishment?
2. What is the solution to the problem of serial killings?
3. Some expert said, “He is a typical psychopath.” Do you think he is a psychopath?
4. Why are serial killings increasing in our modern society?

[Class #157, Group#5, Im Sun-Hyun, Choi Mi-Hyun, Shin Seon-Mi, Chea Hee Soo]

A new type of influenza: swine flu (SI)

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 7:02 am
Reinforced Medical inspection

Reinforced Medical inspection

the route of infection

the route of infection

Swine influenza

Swine influenza

Glossary:

* Swine: technical word of pigs
* Mutation: in a living organism: a change in the structure of a single gene, the arrangement of genes on a chromosome or the number of chromosomes, which may result in a change in the appearance or behavior of the organism.
* recombine: repeatedly to come together to form a single thing or group
* Lethality: causing or enough to cause death.
* Remedy: any drug or treatment which cures or controls a disease.

A new type of influenza: swine flu (SI)

Starting from Mexico, swine flu (SI/H1N1) is now rapidly spreading all around the world. In Mexico, about 100 people have died since SI first appeared. The World Health Organization (WHO) and each country’s government have taken the action to find the solution.[1] SI is the mutated flu that is originally infected between pigs before mutation. SI was recombined from another flu, Avian Influenza (AI) and ordinary flu, in a pig’s body. Once someone is infected with SI, there will be fever and cough and difficulty in breathing that are similar to ordinary influenza.[2] Compared to AI, SI’s lethality is not very high. But SI changes its genetic information at any time, so it is dangerous. To prevent SI infection, consider the fact that SI is spread through coughing, so you should wear a cotton mask and don’t forget to wash your hand after you come home.[3] There are SI remedies, such as Tamiflu and Relenza, that have an effect on reducing the death rate, but a worrying point is that their supply is not sufficient due to their patents. These medicines is not a preventive medicine but a remedy, so make sure that you prevent infection through proper measures.[4]

References:

[1] http://srchdb1.chosun.com/pdf/i_service/read_body.jsp?ID=2009042700116
[2] http://blog.korea.kr/blog.bs?act=BLOG_LIST&pg=0&blog_id=solver&bbs_type=2&target=blog&Flist_seq=40601757
[3] http://article.joins.com/article/article.asp?total_id=3617379
[4] http://blog.moneta.co.kr/blog.log.view.screen?blogId=pms05270&logId=3638108

Discussion Questions:

1. a. Are you infected with ordinary influenza?
b. If so, what are the symptoms?
2. Do you think Korea is safe from S.I.? Why or why not?
3. Do you know how many people have been infected with S.I. in Korea?
4. Do you know how S.I. is transmitted?
5. If you are infected with S.I., what do you think your first actions should be?

[Class #88, Group #7, Kim Kang-hwi, Kim Sung-man, Lee Sang-yeob ]

University Tuition

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 6:29 am
Fight against Rising University Tuition

Fight against Rising University Tuition

Shaving Head in Protest

Shaving Head in Protest

Glossary:

* indignant: feeling or showing anger or a sense of having been treated unjustly or wrongly
* admit: to agree, often unwillingly, that something is true
* shave: to cut off (hair) from (especially the face) with a razor or shaver.
* illegal: against the law
* commit: to do something wrong or illegal

University Tuition

These days, many university students are suffering because of high university tuition fees. Some people take time off school. In extreme cases, other commit suicide. Because of these cases, indignant people came together and demonstrated. During the demonstration, a women student wept when she had her head shaved. [1]
To pay high university tuition fees, Many students have part time jobs. In one survey, over half of university students who had made money admitted that he money was mad illegally. In fact many university students don’t really think that university tuition is a problem. [2]

Reference:
[1] http://www.mjknews.com/news/7105
[2] http://media.daum.net/society/others/view.html?cateid=1067&newsid=20090413124902248&p=ohmynews

Discussion Questions:

1. Are you concerned about high tuition fees?
2. Do you know how your university spends the tuition money that it receives from you?
3. Have you ever had part time job to pay for tuition fees?
4. Do you understand the students who chose extreme measures to protest?
5. To solve the this problem what can we do as student?

[ Class #157, Group#4, Jung Yun-jung, Sim Soo-yeon, Lee Seul-a ]

Cell-phone addiction

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 6:13 am
sending a text message during class

sending a text message during class

many people use their cell-phones all day

many people use their cell-phones all day

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Glossary:

* Symptom: 1 . a change in your body or mind that shows that you are not healthy
2 . a sign that something exists, especially something bad
* Addict: a person who is unable to stop taking harmful drugs
– Addiction: the condition of being addicted to something
* Prohibit: to stop sth from being done or used especially by law
* Minor: person who is under the age at which you legally become an adult and are responsible for your actions

Cell-phone addiction

Nowadays, most of Korean uses cell-phone. More than 10 percent of Korean minors feel they are mobile phone addicts. According to a recent survey, almost all cell-phone addicts are aged 10 to 20. Unlike the old who use cell-phones to call up, the teens and the twenties usually use them to send text messages. 60% of teenagers answered that the biggest reason for using cell-phones is text messaging.[1] Cell-phone addiction symptoms are nervousness and panicking, if they cannot see their cell-phone.
Bad things are that students can’t study, because students concentrate on their cell-phone.[2] So, the number of schools which prohibit not only using cell-phones during a class but also bringing them to schools is increasing.

References:

[1] http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=102&oid=089&aid=0000060405
[2] http://www.ohmynews.com/NWS_Web/view/at_pg.aspx?CNTN_CD=A0000198311

Discussion Questions:

1. For how long have you used cell-phone?
2. How often do you use your cell-phone?
3. How do you feel when you don’t have a cell-phone?
4. Have you ever thought your cell-phone vibrated when it really didn’t?
5. Some school boards forbid their students from bringing cell-phones to school.
What do you think about that?

[ Class #157, Group #7, Ko Kyung-won, No Soo-yang, Myeong In-soo, Han Nu-ree ]

Phase of Korean Movie

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 12:01 am

"My Sassy Girl"
"Silmido"
"Taegukki: The Brotherhood of War"

Glossary :

* deluge ⇒ a large downpour of rain, a flood or letters
* undoubtedly ⇒ emphasize that something exists or is true
* screen quota ⇒ domestic films must occupy a certain share of screen time
* eminent ⇒ prominent, noted, respected, famous, celebrated, distinguished, well-known, esteemed
* vastly ⇒ means to an extremely great degree or extent
* affirmative ⇒ agreeing, confirming, positive, approving, consenting, favourable, concurring, assenting
* triumphal ⇒ describe things that are done or made to celebrate a victory
or great success

Phase of Korean Movie

Korean movie is saved during deluge of Hollywood, and is watched by the world.
Undoubtedly at first, Korean movie had help from the ‘Screen Quota’. However big hit of ‘TaeGukGi: Brotherhood Of War’ and ‘Silmido’, also well-made movie like ‘Memories Of Murder’ was successful these days. So the foreign media show interest, and Korean movie have an influence on the world.
Include ‘Park Chan Wook’ who directed ‘Old boy’, director Im Kwon Taek and Kim Ki Duk were awarded a prize of world eminent film festivals. One of famous American movie forum reported vastly “Kimchiwood has arrived.”
And now Korean movies’ screenplays like ‘My Sassy Girl’ is remake in Hollywood, there are affirmative view of Korean movie which almost make a triumphal entry into Hollywood.

References:




http://www.hankyung.com/news/app/newsview.php?aid=2007012488951
http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=101&oid=018&aid=0000137087
http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=110&oid=011&aid=0000039621

Discussion Questions :

1. Do you think Korean movie market makes great strides recently? Why or why not?

2. a. What is the primary factor of check the development of Koean movie?

b. Why do you think so?

3. a. Can you present one of Korean movie which can have the power of influence in Hollywood?

b. Why do you think so?

4. a. Do you know about ‘Screen Quota’?

b. Do you agree with ‘Screen Quota’? Why or why not?

[ Class #53, Group #1, Woo Lee Kyung, Lee Bong-hee (??), Kim Dong-gyoo, Gil Moon-hyeon]

June 3, 2009

The Death Penalty

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 11:47 pm

Kang Ho-soon

Kang Ho-soon


the guillotine

the guillotine

Glossary
Inspect: look at every part of it carefully in order to find out about it or check that it is all right.
Denunciation: make a sweeping criticism
Execute: to kill them as a punishment for a serious crime.
Abolish: formally put an end to it.
Grant:If you grant that something is true, you accept that it is true, even though your opinion about it does not change.
repent:If you repent, you show or say that you are sorry for something wrong you have done.
sin:an action or type of behaviour which is believed to break the laws of God

The Death Penalty

On 24. 1. 2009 the suspected murderer of a Gun-Po college woman Ho-Soon Kang was arrested by police. (1)
After several months of inspection, it was found out that he had killed 10 women. Therefore, the courtroom sentenced death penalty. (2)
However, the last time Korea executed the death penalty was on 30, 12, 1997 and there have been executions until now.
Because of this reason, in Korea has been denunciated the existence of the death penalty system.
Furthermore, Amnesty classified Korea as an “Death penalty abolished country in substance.” on 30, 12, 2007. (3)
This was the reason why the denunciation has become stronger.
As denunciation occurred, the Ministry of Justice decided to poll the public to figure out public opinion.
The result was that 64.1% agreed with the existence of the death penalty, and 18.5% was against the death penalty. (4)
People who agreed said that if we grant human rights to murderers, fundamental principles of law can be shaken and it can be a big hurt to victim’s family during their lives.
On the other hand, people who disagree with the death penalty said that we should respect the human rights even though they are brutal criminals. (5)

(1) http://news.sbs.co.kr/section_news/news_read.jsp?news_id=N1000534225
(2) http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2009/04/22/2009042200591.html
(3) http://www.ytn.co.kr/_ln/0103_200712301856466199
(4) http://article.joins.com/article/article.asp?Total_ID=3501734
(5)http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=102&oid=001&aid=0002622699 

Discussion

1.Do you agree to the death penalty system? why?
2.After a prison life, do you think the criminal can repent their sin?
3.If the death penalty is not executed, what would be the best substitution?
4.To avoid the murderer like Ho Sun – Kang or Yeong Chul – Yoo, what do you think of permission of gun posession?
5.what is your opinion that korean government don’t executed the death penalty?

[ Class #123, Group #4, Lim Ee-sak, Lim Chae-ho, Lee Hyeon-oo, Yoon Cheol-gyoo ]

University festival

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 7:07 am

Cafe

Cafe


Dunking people into a pool

Dunking people into a pool


Enjoy the festival!

Enjoy the festival!


Throwing water balloons

Throwing water balloons

Glossary:

*dunk-to push someone under water for a short time as a joke
*celebrate-to show that an event or occasion is important by doing something special or enjoyable
*inhabitant-one of the people who live in a particular place.
*elaborate- having a lot of small parts or details put together in a complicated way
*participate-to take part in an activity or event
*fundraiser-an event that is organized to collect money for a charity, political party etc
*perform-to do something to entertain people, for example by acting a play or playing a piece of music
*attend-go to an event such as a meeting or a class

University festival

In May, There are many festivals. Especially, University festivals are held every May.[1] The purpose of the festival is to celebrate school spirit as well as get along with students and inhabitants.[2] In festivals, various elaborate programs are held, including as many as 100 kinds of events participated in by clubs, and dormitories have an open-house day. Some students become fundraisers, school clubs sell drinks and food from around the world, and perform various music and dances.[3]And students hold games. For example, Throwing water balloons, and dunking people into a pool.
Inhabitants and high school students come to enjoy festival and to see pop singers.[4] But There are problems in college festivals. These days, College students do not celebrate school spirit as well as before and don’t along with after students but drink a lot of alcohol and only attend pop concerts.

References:

[1]http://theseoultimes.com/ST/?url=/ST/db/read.php?idx=6616
[2]http://www.nagoya-u.ac.jp/en/academics/campus-life/festival
[3]http://joongangdaily.joins.com/ (serch:Bombs away!)
[4]http://joongangdaily.joins.com/
(serch:Student festivals reach out to local communities)

Discussion Questions :
1.Do university students need festivals? It so, why?
2. If you went to a University festival, What was your best experience ?
3. What do you think about to drinking culture in university?
4. How can we improve the university drinking culture?
5. What are the good points of university festivals ?

Class #123, 6 Group
윤희선 12092434 정소라 12092483
박종환 12092369 박지미 12092372

Flame bait

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 6:50 am
This graph shows the rate of cyber-violence transition. Cyber violence means 'groundlessly blaming person or a personal abuse on-line and so on. The amount of cyber violence rises each year

This graph shows the rate of cyber-violence transition. Cyber violence means 'groundlessly blaming person or a personal abuse on-line and so on. The amount of cyber violence rises each year

This picture shows a summery of the number of "flame bait" comments. A lot of celebrities suffered from pain that goes so far as to commit suicide
This picture shows a summery of the number of “flame bait” comments. A lot of celebrities suffered from pain that goes so far as to commit suicide.

Glossary:

* simultaneous : Things which are simultaneous happen or exist at the same time. ad.simultaneously
* malicious :If you describe someone’s words or actions as malicious, you mean that they are intended to harm people or their reputation, or cause them embarrassment and upset.
* extraordinary :If you describe something or someone as extraordinary, you mean that they have some extremely good or special quality.
* abusive language :Abusive language is extremely rude and insulting.
* hypochondria: refers to an excessive preoccupation or worry about having a serious illness

Text: Flame bait

Everyone has access to the Internet, so there is a variety of input. Some comments or replies to others’ opinions can be positively assessed , but simultaneously, “flame bait” can be also a serious social problem. Without justification, the behavior of spreading rumors or half-truths with malicious intent can cause extraordinary pains to someone who is unfortunate enough to hear such abusive language. Because of “flame bait” , some people experience psychological pains , including hypochondria or choosing to commit suicide. Choi Jin-sil, Lee Eun-ju, Jung Da-bin and U-ni are examples of entertainers committing suicide due to “flame bait”.
Choi Jin-sil, who committed suicide due to evil rumors related to An Jae-hwan who had died before, eventually chose suicide after suffering many mental pains .
Even though she died by flame bait, many flame baits mocking her suicide killed her one more time. There are many more cases . The government and netizens must work together to prevent suicides due to flame baits.

References:

[1] http://bbs1.agora.media.daum.net/gaia/do/debate/read?bbsld=D101&articleld=2075817
[2] http://www.segye.com/Articles/NEWS/SOCIETY/Article.asp?aid=20081010003886&subctg1=&subctg2

Discussion Questions:

Q1. What do you think are the causes of ‘flame bait’?
Q2. Have you ever written ‘flame bait’? To who?
Q3. Have you ever felt pain because you received ‘flame bait’?
Q4. Do you understand the suicides that can be caused by the ‘flame bait’?
Q5 a. To reduce the flame bait, what is the fundamental solution?
b. After Choi Jin-shil’s suicide, a solution was suggested. It’s called the “Choi Jin-shil Law,” and it requires Internet users to provide personal information, such as their real name. What do you think about this?

[ class#123, 5 Group // 5조: 금대엽, 김용훈, 예종민, 정명주 ]

Increasing the cost of University tuition

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 5:06 am

Glossary:

– Demonstration : A demonstration is a march or gathering which people take part in to show their opposition to something or their support for something.
– Tuition : the cost of going to an educational instituion.
– Charge : to ask for payment from
– Afford : to be able to pay for something without difficulty
– Absence : a situation of not being present
– Claim : to state something as being true , especially when there is some doubt
– Revenue : incoming monies, such as tax payments for the government
– Finances : the money that an individual, copany, of institution has

Students are cutting their hair to demonstrate for decreased tuition

Students are cutting their hair to demonstrate for decreased tuition

The left-hand chart shows the tuition of top-ten public and national universities.  The right-hand chart shows the tuition of top-ten private universities.

The left-hand chart shows the tuition of top-ten public and national universities. The right-hand chart shows the tuition of top-ten private universities.

Increasing the cost of University tuition

For the last 10 years, the annual tuition for universities has increased. [3]
Recently, they charge about 10 million won annually on averages. [4] Parents are oppressed by increasing tuition. [5] Some students can’t afford to pay the tuition. So, they are quit school or take leave of absence. [6]
But Universities claim increasing tuition is unavoidable because it is their only source of revenue to maintain facilities and hire professors. [7]
In this situation, conflict of students and Universities is continue. But Government is indifferent about solving this problem. [8]
To solve this problem, Government should consider to supporting about education finances. [9]

References:

[1] https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2009/05/181_43268.html
[2] http://blog.naver.com/yoo21?Redirect=Log&logNo=60067403398
[3][4][5][6][7] http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/special_view.asp?newsIdx=20452&categoryCode=180
[8][9] http://www.mjknews.com/news/7105

Discussion Questions :

1. Do you think the cost of University tuition is suitable? Why ot why not ?
2. Have you ever participated in a demonstration for decreasing tuition?
a. If you have participated in a demonstration for decreasing tuition,
you achieved your purpose for demonstration?
b. If you haven’t participated in a demonstration for decreasing tuition,
you intend to participate in a demonstration?
3. Do you think the increased cost of University tuition is reasonable from the point of view of the Universities?
4. Do you have an opinion about how to solve the problem?
Let’s think about the point of view of the government, the Universities and the students.
a. The view of the universities
b. The view of the students

[ Class # 97, Group # 4, Kweon yeong man, Kim ji hye, Park so young Num 2, Lee hae ry ]

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