Will a Robot Replace you in the Classroom?

Still think you don’t need any training?

English teaching robots, operated remotely from the Philippines by Filipinos are now being used in Korea.  Read the story here.

While Korea – currently – does not require any training at all for the teachers they place in their schools, they have for many years had difficulty getting enough good teachers.  You can guess that as this technology improves the use will become more widespread.

I noticed during my last tenure at a university in Korea (’02-’04 academic years) that there were advertisements all over campus for people to study English in the Philippines.  During my previous visit (’92-94) everyone was going to the USA, UK, Canada and the trend was toward Australia.  But – now it is the Philippines and Singapore also.

This is not a happy trend for the industry – make sure you are BETTER than a robot from the Philippines!  Get some training.

TED’s Tips™ #1: Countries and even individual schools are growing fatigued with teachers that don’t know how to teach.  Get at least some basic training to help you know what to do in the classroom.