February 23, 2010 07:25
Life no longer becomes easier when students enter university, with most continuing to cram to get their language skills up to speed.
According to a nationwide data of students at language school YBM Edu in January, the number of freshmen-to-be increased by 12 percent from a year ago. Some courses in the Gangnam and Jongno branches in Seoul saw the proportion of university entrants jump by 20 to 30 percent.
The general trend of universities requiring better English from students seems to be the major reason behind the phenomenon.
Konkuk University decided to have all 3,000-odd freshmen take an English test and exempt the top 5 percent from the mandatory two-unit English course.
Yonsei University also administers English diagnostic tests of all freshmen before the term starts, and allocates them to different levels of English classes.
Kim Woo-seung, who heads the Industry-University Cooperation at the ERICA Campus of Hanyang University, said, "New students seem to welcome the university's decision to evaluate their English skills as they are keen on upgrading their skills."
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