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South Korea Hires Robot Teachers

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South Korea isn’t a great destination for English teachers. There’s a shortage of English teachers in South Korea because the Koreans apparently work them like dogs (extremely long hours, from early in the morning to late at night including Saturdays on a fixed salary). The ones who stay want to be paid more than what a lot of schools can offer. That’s why they’ve decided to come up with a novel approach to solve the shortage of ESL teachers. Remember, robots don’t mind long hours (at least not until the robot uprising of 2015.)

esl english teaching robot south korea

The name of this teacher ‘bot is Engkey and he costs about $10,000 (USD), which is certainly less than even a teachers’ salary. Engkey is a telepresence robot that can connect the students to more affordable teachers working offshore in the Philippines.

esl english teaching robot south korea

Engkey can move around, and do a little jig, but you probably don’t want robots teaching your children, do you? They might just go all nutty and start serving their robot overlords someday.

[Phys Org via DVice]






Comments (9):

  1. Hal Lazgoraro says:

    that’s probably the worst paraphrasing of an article I’ve ever seen. Not only do you not quote your original source, but you can’t even paraphrase it correctly. What an idiot

  2. Range says:

    Nah dude, this post is a mix of personal experience as I am an ESL teacher in Taiwan. Shows you how much of an idiot you are. Cheers.

  3. CODY hICKMAN says:

    this is creepy!!!!!

  4. fridechikenisha says:

    im scared

  5. woobyloobily says:

    I LIKE CHEESE!!!!

  6. Tony says:

    I would put my butt on the screen and laugh! :D

  7. joyce agojo says:

    Dear
    > Sir/Mam:
    >
    > Greetings!
    >
    > “Rated K” is a magazine program of
    > News and Current Affairs Department, ABS – CBN
    > Broadcasting Corp. aired every
    > Sunday at 8:00 pmand hosted by premier broadcast
    > journalist, Ms. Korina Sanchez-Roxas
    > here in the Philippines.
    >
    > We
    > are currently producing an episode entitle “BYAHENG
    > KOREA2″ set to air on mar. 06, 2011 and one of its
    > segments is all about Engkey, a white, egg-shaped robot
    > developed by the Korea
    > Institute of Science and Technology operated by
    > Filipino based here in the Philippines via online which
    > began teaching last December 2010 at 21 elementary schools
    > in the southeastern city of Daegu.
    >
    >
    > In
    > this regard, we would like to seek your help to refer us to
    > someone who has any idea on this matter.
    >
    > We
    > are hoping for your favorable response. Should you need to
    > contact us, you can reach me at joyz_agojo@yahoo.com or
    > +6329065039643.
    >
    >
    > Thank you very much
    >
    >
    > Joyce Agojo
    > Rated
    > K

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