[ Paju ] Gyeonggi English Village GEV (경기영어마을)
English villages in Paju provide a short-term immersion English experience in a live-in environment where only English is spoken. This is intended to promote English learning and to build students’ Anglo-American cultural awareness.
English villages employ a mixture of foreign native speakers of English and fluent English-speaking Korean staff. They are intended to help students face the particular challenges of speaking English in the Korean context. Many families seek to improve their children’s English ability by sending them to several expensive after-school programs and by sending them to study abroad in English-speaking countries. Study abroad results in a substantial amount of money leaving the country. The English villages are intended to reduce this loss, and make the immersion experience accessible to students from low-income families as well.
The English village concept is to be expanded in the near future as financially it has not been a complete failure. The government will begin to use money for projects like this in the future in addition to sending students on scholarships overseas, despite spending money on short term construction projects.
Every facility and training program encourages visitors to actively participate, and so it enables a natural English learning experience in the context of daily life. In a setting resembling a village in an English-speaking country, participants experience various culture from around the world, increase their international social consciousness and realize the value of English as a means of communication. Coaching by kind, native English-speaking teachers helps increase participants’ interest in English and boosts participants’ confidence in speaking to foreigners. Upon completing the camp, students will be more motivated to study English with greater interest and enthusiasm.
All facilities have been newly built to simulate a village in an English-speaking country. Students can learn English by enjoying a cultural experience in an exotic environment. Paju Camp is a model English village created by Gyeonggi Province. More than 700 trainees and teachers residing in the village, and the hands-on training programs and facilities merge naturally in daily life through the 3Es (Education, Experience and Entertainment).
Though it is located near urban areas for easy access, it is a suburban English village in harmony with its surrounding natural environment. Through diverse performances and events that occur all year round, the village is more than simply a place for hands-on English learning, it is an English cultural space.
* Last admission: 1 hour before closing.
* Free admission after 18:00
[General admission] Weekdays 3,000 won / Weekends 5,000 won
[musical performance] 10,000 won
[1 day experience] 8,000 won
※ The handicapped and veterans, offered with discounts, are required for ID check.
[Subway + Bus]
1)Hapjeong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 1.
2)Take Bus 2200
(07:00-23:20, every 15 minutes; It takes approx. 40 minutes)
Get off at the English village stop.
40, Eoreumsil-ro, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 파주시 탄현면 얼음실로 40
Source: wiki, Korea Tourism Org.
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