pointofreturn Friday, 03/28/14 02:48:59 PM Re: None Post # of 53 English - The Language of Global Business? Korean - ESL / EFL Job Services English speaking is big business, Korea can be a culture shock for anyone coming over for the first time. Most can’t read or understand the language, and the people – though very helpful for the most part –often stare at foreigners like an unfamiliar curiosity. Coming from a country like Canada, the United States, or Britain where there are so many people of different races with different faces, rarely is a second glance given to someone due to their skin color being different. This is one of the first things you come to understand coming from another country, Korea is for the most part a mono-culture, inhabited by a single race with close ties to the surrounding countries, such as China and Japan. In larger cities such as Seoul and Busan, where there is a much larger foreign population, most Koreans are used to seeing foreigners. In smaller communities, however, foreigners are more of an oddity – though this is changing gradually. Some call this "the celebrity effect". European countries speak great English, Asian countries are in the middle, and everyone else lags English will maintain and grow its dominance, moving from “a marker of the elite” in years past to “a basic skill needed for the entire workforce, in the same way that literacy has been transformed in the last two centuries from an elite privilege into a basic requirement for informed citizenship.” English language turns into big business asset as the international language of business, the teaching of English has turned into an industry worth 1.5 billion a year.