I was unable to find the article online so I will just post some snippits here and hopefully get an interesting discussion going.
According to this article the Communicative language teaching (CLT) method “differs from traditional naguage teaching methods in that it emphasizes fluency over accuracy, contextualized language over learning about the language and understanding through pair work and cooperation over doing exercises and memorizing. The prevalaent assumption at present is that CLT is the “best” teaching method available to us.”
This was published by the gwangju communicator and they are realizing that there are more effective ways of teaching a language. This is a good thing however according to the article. “We surved over 200 university freshman in an intensive english program and surveyed them on personal language needs, and more importantly, the role of the teacher. Some of the results of the survey indicate that due to the influence of their culture and its pedagogic practices, the korean survey participants favored the familiar traditional methods over the modern CLT approach.”
This is rather unfortunate and it explains in some wayswhy Koreans are very skeptical on using other methods, I have even asked a lot of my students to try other methods including lingQ and none of them are willing to try it. It has been ingrained in there heads that the only way to learn a language is by studying grammar, word lists and word orders.
If you were in my situation, would you continue using the traditional methods in a classroom even though you know how ineffective they are or would you try out a new method and see if you could actually get it to work in a society that is not ready?