The Future of English Education in Korea – Korean VR Hagwons

English education in Korea is a top priority for most Korean parents. Korea prioritizes learning the English language as there are tens of thousands of English Hagwons (Korean private learning centers) in South Korea. However, most of the English learning centers focus on memorization and not so much on creativity. Online you will find a lot of complaints from foreign teachers about the amount of pressure and work given to their students. Young Korean students are trained to study hard from as early as kindergarten. Therefore, this has led to a generation of followers in Korea, instead of innovative thinkers in the Korean workforce.

Many Korean students develop a strong skill for just taking English-based tests. When students in Korea only focus on high grades and high test scores for university admissions, they lack true passion and a dream goal. This has led to Korea’s lack of entrepreneurship and innovation. However, even well-educated university students in Korea are having a hard time finding a job. With the rise in AI and machine learning, more and more technical jobs will be obsolete. Therefore, Korea must do something to support young people in Korea to find their true passion and pursue entrepreneurship. 

This all starts with English Hagwons who need to change their old structured style of teaching English in Korea. Most children in Korea end up going to an English Hagwon at some point in their life. The next generation of Koreans needs to have strong creativity, communication skills, and lateral thinking to succeed in 2020 and beyond. 

Coronavirus will Change how Students in Korea are Educated

Korean hagwons, as well as public and private schools in Korea, will change in the future due to the Coronavirus outbreak. For sure there will be closures of smaller Hagwons who will have gone out of businesses. What will come will be more students in Korea learning at home, online. Korean startups will need to come up with educational innovations to tackle the issues that the Coronavirus brought. The Coronavirus will have a lasting impact on Korea’s trajectory of learning innovation and digitization. Look for more education apps in Korea as well as platforms that allow Korean students to learn via live streams. Furthermore, Koreans will have access to 5G technology within this year. This will allow students in Korea to embrace digital education in a range of formats. Educational influencers will be in high demand and they will be able to teach students in a VR environment.

Training Koreans to go Global

English Education in KoreaThe new generation of college graduates in Korea needs to be more creative and curious. The key is for these young future employees to ask the right questions without the fear of their employer. The Korean office culture is a very structured system where those below you can not question decisions or new strategies. This is killing not only the top corporations in Korea but also many Korean startups. A company will only succeed if they can innovate and create new ideas. These ideas need to be vetted not just by the CEO but the company as a whole.

Korea will benefit greatly if there are entrepreneurs starting companies in Korea and creating a workforce that inspires those within to start their own companies. Korean hagwons focus mainly on getting youths in Korea into top universities in Korea. What if there was a hagwon that focused on actual skills for entrepreneurship and leadership? Hagwons should be training the entrepreneurs of the future and expanding their creative minds to find the right solutions for the future.

A Korean Hagwon that focuses on Liberal Arts

It is estimated that the world will have computers that will code itself. As technology grows, there will be fewer and fewer jobs available for humans because robots will be a lot more efficient. The goal of education in Korea is for students to get more exposure to knowledge so they can study many subjects and not focus on mainly math and science. Once they find the subject they are actually passionate about, then they can deep dive into that subject.

The key will be able to think critically, engage with each other, strengthen your creative mind, and gain the skills that can be applied to every job they might get in life.

A Korean hagwon that offers a wide variety of subjects when teaching English education in Korea would succeed greatly. Why compete with other traditional hagwons? Why not stand out and be different and embrace the few that want their children to do what they are passionate about? 

A Revolution in English Education in Korean is Coming

When we think about the last revolution in education, we look at PCs and the internet and how they have been incorporated in education. However, when you look at most Hagwons in Korea, they don’t use the computer or the internet to their full capability. Sure the teacher might have access to the internet and he can pull up something on their screen to show the class. However, the future of education in Korea will be for all students to have access to PCs and the internet.

Most Korean Hagwons do not allow their students to have their personal computers or smartphone in class. This will change as technology becomes more and more interconnected in our everyday lives. 

Gone will be the days where there is a teacher with a group of 20-30 students just listening to the teacher. Technology will allow for more one-on-one mentorship. How? There are many education startups in Korea that are looking into creating smart robots to make learning more accessible to more people and tailor them to the student’s needs. 

The challenge for many Korean hagwons is to develop their student’s digital skills so that they can make use of those skills as they go to college and eventually into the workforce.

VR will play a key role in teaching English Education in Korea

English Education in Korea with VRA Korean Hagwon that is able to utilize VR and supplement this technology into their English curriculum will be very successful in Korea. The future of English education in Korea is in VR. Many think that coding is the future of education. However, coding is just one digital skill. Creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking are skills that can never be automated. Korean hagwons need to rethink the educational paradigm. We now live in a hyper-connected world and the key question is what Hagwons in Korea will do with that. It has been proven that retention is 70% higher in virtual reality. This will have a huge impact on learning and the retention of facts.

VR has the potential to transform the way children will learn. However, the reason why Korean hagwons have not fully embraced VR into their educational settings is due to the high cost of implementation. However, having VR in the classroom doesn’t mean going out and getting over a hundred Samsung Gear VR headsets. Hagwons can invest a small amount into low-cost cardboard headsets that can be attached to a smartphone. This is why it is crucial for a brave Hagwon in Korea to be the first to market in regard to VR in the classroom. 

Big companies like Google, Samsung, LG, Apple, and Facebook are already looking into VR applications for the classroom. Before are some of the innovative things you can do once you incorporate VR into Korean hagwons.

Virtual Field Trips Around the World – Google Expeditions

VR expeditionsMost Korean children have not been outside of Korea. Only a handful of Korean youth even gets to travel outside of Asia. VR will allow for virtual field trips to take students in Korea outside of Korea and see the world. In addition, VR has the ability to take children across space, deep into the ocean, and even back in time! Imagine the possibilities. Google Expeditions are just one example of big corporations using VR technology to expand the way we learn.

Hagwons in Korea Need to Utitilzie Google Expeditions

VR Hagwon in KoreaHagwons in Korea can benefit from Google Expeditions. It is free to use and has over 300 HD image expeditions that you can view with even a simple cardboard VR headset for your smartphone. It is easy to install and perfect for teachers looking to guide their students through a VR journey. Some of the educational expeditions include The Moon, The Great Wall of China, Mount Everest, Space, Underwater Sharks, The San Diego Zoo, and Mount Fuji just to name a few.

As a teaching tool for students in Korea, it is perfect, because students will be able to see physical spaces in ways that are not possible with a description in a textbook or a flat photo. Even videos on Youtube do not offer the immersive experience of VR. Therefore, students will feel a part of that particular place as if they are there physically. Think of these expeditions as mini-field trips without having to physical move the children out of the classroom. These expeditions are not to be used as stand-alone lessons but as supplement learning pieces. The best part is that Google Expeditions are constantly adding to their library and will only grow with time. Furthermore, it will become stronger as teachers around the world add more and more of their own lesson designs to share on the platform.

Connect Virtually with other students around the world

The best way for children in Korea to learn English is to actually speak to an English speaking child. VR technology will allow children in Hagwons to connect with people from not just the US and UK but all over the world. Hagwons can build partnerships with other learning centers around the world for a cooperative partnership to spend a few minutes a day where children can practice their language skills. These global learning institutions will benefit by exposing their students to Korea and Korean culture. This is a win/win for both parties.

VR Hagwons in Korea can Teach Trade Skills

VR baristaTrade skill jobs in Korea are not going away anytime soon. VR technology will allow children in Korea to experience what it is like to be a pilot, barista, or a chemist. Students will be able to learn from realistic scenarios without the risk of getting injured or damaging property. In these learning situations, students will be able to interact with real and potentially dangerous elements or situations in a safe and controlled environment. VR training has proven to be more effective and students learned at a much faster rate while at the same time making fewer mistakes. English education in Korea should focus on VR technology to take advantage of these risk-free immersive experiences. 

Hagwons in Korea can allow for VR Online Classes

A Hagwon in Korea attracts students that live nearby. This is why there are so many hagwons in Korea. Imagine if a Hagwon offered an online service using VR technology. For example, if a hagwon can create an online VR phonics program delivered entirely through VR, there will be households in Korea lining up to join the service. These online classes can incorporate game-based learning activities to increase engagement and motivation. A hagwon in Korea can charge a base fee for their phonics program and after graduation, there is a high likelihood that they will want to join the Hagwon offline. 

Offer Virtual Tours of your Hagwon

Korean parents will no longer have to actually go to the Hagwon to see what the Hagwon is like. Virtual Reality Hagwon tours will allow Hagwons to connect with parents at a much larger scale. These tours will showcase what the Hagwon offers and what it would be like to attend the Hagwon. In addition, parents will be able to see the Hagwon at 360-degree angles and will give them a feel of what a Hagwon that uses VR technology will feel like for their children.

The Future of English Education in Korea

VR English Education in KoreaThese days, it is becoming more and more difficult to motivate students in Korea. Most Korean children have access to a smartphone at a very young age. Their intense focus on technology devices means that once they enter a typical classroom in Korea, they are already bored. VR can change this and motivate them to learn while being entertained at the same time. A scientific study shows that it is easier for students to remember experiences and information which are given to them via more than one sense. This is why video format is more effective than just reading. VR technology will allow students to not just see and hear but also interact. Therefore this creates an intellectual connection that will last longer than any other form of media for learning.  

English education in Korea is very competitive and tough on students. Hagwons in Korea have taken the fun out of learning English. Therefore, the best way children will learn is if they enjoy learning. No matter what you think about VR, one thing it is not is boring. VR has the power to bring images to life. Students can interact with their surroundings. Therefore, the potential of VR for English education is immense. In 2020, you will see many Korean companies incorporating VR. There is VR all across Seoul from VR cafes to VR gaming centers. It is only a matter of time before a Korean hagwon fully embraces this technology. VR learning is coming, which Hagwon will jump on it first?