Seoul National University (SNU) Language Education Institute (LEI)
Language Education Institute (LEI)
at Seoul National University (SNU) is participating as a co-host of the LTRC 2013 conference. LEI is one of the major supporting organizations for the university. The main missions of LEI include (but are not limited to): (a) providing Korean language and cultural instruction to international students and scholars at the university, (b) offering foreign language courses (including English) to the members of the SNU academic community, (c) developing, and conducting research on, language tests, and (d) publishing a triannual academic journal, Language Research
LEI first started as a small language teaching center in 1963. Over the course of five decades, it has grown into a comprehensive language teaching, testing, and research institute within the university. LEI currently serves as a major international hub at the university, where students and scholars from around the globe meet and get to know each other's languages and cultures, and continue to learn and grow into intellectuals with deep cross-cultural understanding.
In addition to its premier role in language education, LEI has also been a national leader in language assessment. Since 1999, it has been administering suites of English language tests, including TEPS, TEPS Speaking & Writing, and i-TEPS. LEI also administers numerous foreign language tests (SNULT) for use by the university and other private and government institutions, which include Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian. For more information on SNU LEI's language programs, please visit the LEI homepage
Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE)
The Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE), established on January 1, 1998, is a government-funded educational research institute whose purpose is to contribute to a higher quality of school education and the growth of the nation's public education with research and development of curricula for elementary and secondary schools and the implementation of various educational evaluations and tests.
Since its foundation, KICE has contributed to the advancement and qualitative improvement of school education by carrying out research and development of the National Curriculum and the development and dissemination of teaching and learning methodologies. In addition, KICE has monitored the quality of school education by conducting national and international achievement tests and has provided fundamental information for the improvement of school curricula and educational policy planning. In particular, KICE has contributed to the normalization of public education by developing a valid and reliable College Scholastic Ability Test, all the while providing fair and objective information for student selection.
KICE also carries out the authorization of textbooks for elementary and secondary schools and manages various national tests fairly and systematically. Among its most recent projects, the organization has been preparing the National English Ability Test, proposing a new paradigm in English assessment and education. NEAT is an Internet-Based Test (IBT) that measures test takers’ English proficiency levels in all four skills: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. NEAT measures test takers’ English proficiency for both academic and practical purposes - to enter post-secondary education and to evaluate test takers achievements in the English curriculum at the same time.
NEAT is directly linked to the national curriculum. It is designed to strengthen Korean students’ speaking and writing abilities. Moreover, it is expected to change the way schools measure student proficiency; English lessons in Korea are currently focused on listening and reading only; The NEAT will enhance the quality of public English education by bringing a fundamental change to the English curriculum through encouraging more focus on speaking and writing.
The demand for strengthening public education has grown immensely in recent years, and to satisfy this demand, KICE is working on improving the curricula by focusing on abilities necessary for the future and by introducing the latest teaching and learning methods. KICE is also enhancing its evaluation methods in order to cultivate new ways of thinking and behaving, and to uncover and promote the abilities needed to collect and apply the vast amounts of information that our world generates.