What is Applied English?

Applied /ə’ plīd/:

The word ‘applied’ means:

(of subject or type of study) put to practical use as opposed to just being theoretical.

At Applied English our primary focus is the application of the English language. What this means is we teach our students how to apply their knowledge of English in everyday, real world situations.

Many Koreans spend years learning English at school or at academy yet despite scoring high on exams they don’t actually know how to use English to express themselves well in written and spoken communications.

This leads many Koreans to believe that English is too difficult for Korean-speakers or that they just aren’t good at it.

But this is not true.

Do you know the reason most Koreans are not good at English? There are several reasons:

First, many Koreans spend years focused on studying English to pass a test. Selecting the right answer and getting a high score in order to move to the next level is seen as more important than using the language.

Secondly, many people tend to focus on heavily on one skill in English. They study grammar a lot, or they focus on only memorizing words or phrases or they spend a lot of time on reading comprehension all the while nearly excluding other skills.

Finally, many Koreans learn to treat English as though it is a math equation to be memorized. However language is fluid and abstract. One has to be able to bend the language to express whatever it is you are trying to convey.

At Applied English Academy we teach our students to apply their English knowledge when writing, reading, listening, speaking and solving test problems. We try to instill in students from a young age that language contains much nuisance and can be manipulated like clay if you understand how it works. We focus our students’ attention on applying English to everyday life rather than only using it as a tool to get a high score on a test.

Once a student learns a word, or grammar point, they learn to incorporate it into their writing, and speaking activities as well. The information is never just abandoned after learned. It is continuously reinforced in and outside the classroom.