University English: the blog for ESL students

May 2, 2011

Problems with South Korea’s compulsory military service

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 4:58 am

Glossary:
* Avoidance: If you avoid something unpleasant that might happen, you take action in order to prevent it from happening.
* Citizenship: If you have citizenship of a country, you are legally accepted as belonging to it.
* Oppression: Oppression is the cruel or unfair treatment of a group of people.
* the National Assembly: the National Assembly is ether a legislature, or the lower house of a bicameral legislature in some countries.
* Rampage: When people or anmals rampage through a place, they rush about there in a wild or violent way, causing damage or destruction.

Problems with South Korea’s compulsory military service

These days, there are some problems with South Korea’s compulsory military service.
First of all, nowadays some people try to avoid their military duties. The ways to try to avoid it : teeth extraction, foreign citizenship, and the members’ political power from the National Assembly.[1] For example, MC Mong, a Korean popular singer, extracted his teeth and 10 years ago, Yoo Seung-Jun, another Korean singer, avoided his military service by immigrating to the U.S.A.[2]
Second, there are two kinds of problems with the system. One is oppression of junior officers by senior officers. So the results of that are suicide and running away from their military unit.[3] And the other is the length of the period. These days, some people say that the length of the period is too long. But some people say that it is too short.
Third, there are some problems with security. For instance, shooting rampages very occasionally took place.[4] And 5 months ago, the North Korean army attacked Yeonpyeong island and about 1 year ago, the Cheonan ship was attacked so that it sank.

References

[1] http://www.segye.com/Articles/News/Politics/Article.asp?aid=20090911003121&subctg1=&subctg2
[2] http://tvdaily.mk.co.kr/read.php3?aid=128531331589214002
[3] http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=102&oid=003&aid=0003820026
[4] http://news.khan.co.kr/kh_news/khan_art_view.html?artid=200506191816331&code=940202

Discussion Questions

1. What do you think about members of the National Assembly who avoid their military duties? Why do you think so?

What do you think about members of the National Assembly who avoid their military duties? Why do you think so?

2. How can we prevent people from avoiding military duty?

How can we prevent people from avoiding military duty?

3. Do you think the length of the present period is too short or too long? Why do you think so?

Do you think the length of the present period is too short or too long? Why do you think so?

(Class #093, Group #8)
김홍재 : typing, text, glossary
김용재 : references, pictures
조항수 : discussion questions
박준형 : translation, text

— — — — — — — —

Teacher’s Note:

I have chosen the following three vocabulary items to be on Written Test #2:

1. citizenship: (noun) you are legally accepted as belonging to a country

2. oppression: (noun) the cruel or unfair treatment of a group of people

3. rampage: (verb) when people or animals rush about through a place in a wild or violent way, causing damage or destruction

I have chosen the following discussion question to be on the Final Speaking Test.

– Do you think the length of the present period of military duty is too short or too long? Why do you think so?

Remember to stress it properly.

– Do you think the length of the present period of military duty is too short or too long? Why do you think so?

Advertisements

Leave a Comment »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: