The Ministry of Education (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education KIM, Sang-kon) will organize "IGT (I am a Global Teacher) Contest" with the National Research Foundation of Korea to enhance the global capacity of pre-service teachers.
Anyone who attends a University of Education or a Teacher's College and wants to become a teacher can participate in this competition. The IGT Contest consists of two parts, the "Global Teaching Demonstration Contest" and the "Multi-Cultural Education Project Presentation Contest."
The IGT Contest has been held since 2014. However, the eligibility for participation was limited to pre-service teachers who attend universities designated as Global Teacher's Universities.*
* A project that designates some Universities of Education or Global Teacher's Colleges to strengthen the global capacity of pre-service teachers. These Universities provide education curricula, education service and on-the-job training, and other various activities.
To meet the requests of students who are not attending one of the global Teacher's Universities, but who nevertheless want to participate in the contest, from the beginning of this year, all students of all Teacher's Universities and Universities of Education from across the country can participate.
The goal of the "Global Teaching Demonstration Contest" is to enhance the teaching capacity of pre-service teachers who are going to teach in an education field, which is rapidly becoming multicultural.
In this contest, the capacity of the teacher to cope in a given situation, in which students with international background who don't speak fluent Korean yet participate in a class, is to be evaluated.
The participant selects one education content, based on which they are expected to carry out a demo lesson. As the nationality of the students may vary, the instruction language in the class can be chosen freely.
The goal of the "multicultural education project demonstration contest" is to find ways in which students from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds can blend in with their peers to develop multicultural sensitivity to learn and communicate together.
The pre-service teachers who participate in this contest have shared the results of pre-research and analysis of the conditions of multicultural education both home and abroad, and lastly have discussed the development of multicultural education in Korea.
University of Education or Teacher's College students who want to participate in this contest need to assemble a group of 3 to 4 students and can apply at a Global Teacher's University.
The application process for the preliminaries begin on 1st August to 7th of September, and three global simulation class teams, as well as three multicultural education project teams from each region can advance to the finals.
The finals will be held from 22nd to 23rd November at the Sejong Convention Center, and for the winner team of each category, the Minister of Education will award the prize.
Choi Yeonghan, Director-General of the International Cooperation Bureau of the Ministry of Education said, "I hope that through the IGT Contest, pre-service teachers can cultivate their capacities to quickly adapt to new multicultural environments in the education field, so that they can treat students without discrimination or bias."