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Gary Bartanus, MET, BEd (Hons), CELTA
I have been teaching at Hanyang University since March, 2010. Prior to coming to this great school, I taught at Gyeongsang National University in Jinju, Korea and worked as an educational consultant in Canada.
I hold a Master of Educational Technology (MET) degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC, Canada. UBC is ranked as #1 (for Education) in Canada and among the top 40 universities in the world; therefore, the training and knowledge that I acquired while completing this degree is based on the latest and most relevant research into modern learning theories, E-learning technology, educational assessment, and the technology-enabled changes that are currently taking place in the best universities and higher education institutes all over the world.
This means that I do as little lecturing as possible in my classes and encourage students to engage in as much interaction and discussion as possible. My approach to teaching and learning may best be described as “student-centered social constructivism” – not “traditional lecture-based objectivism.”
Please note: I do not change grades under any circumstances. I take great pride in assessing and verifying all students’ grades carefully, accurately, and fairly. Therefore, I do not accept any student’s requests/demands for higher grades. Also, I do not accept any learner’s unsupported requests/demands for “grade reviews” or “reconsideration.” Such frivolous and inappropriate requests for higher grades and/or grade reviews are huge time wasters and they reflect poorly on both the character of the student who makes such requests as well as on the excellent reputation of Hanyang University.
College of Music and/or Senior Students and/or Star Athletes
It is especially important that senior students and College of Music students understand that I can grant no special favours to any students. Even if some students are top HYU vocal majors who have sung at major concert halls – or if they are star athletes on a Hanyang sports team – or if they are planning to graduate at the end of the semester – all students are required to do the work in my classes. If they do not do the required work, they do not pass – and, unfortunately, some of them may not graduate.
It is also essential for all students to know that I can not excuse absences for any practices, rehearsals, tournaments, concerts, performances, club meetings, student ambassador duties, student council meetings, or any other HYU activities that keep them from attending my classes. This is because current research clearly indicates that language acquisition (language learning) requires frequent conversation and collaboration among students in a social setting.
In other words, it is not possible to excuse absences or make “special arrangements” for any students who choose to attend rehearsals, performances, team practices, sports tournaments, or anything else during English class. With nearly 135 students to track and grade every semester, there simply isn’t enough time to allow for such flexibility. Students who need more flexible arrangements are strongly advised to take a different class. Sorry, but there can be no exceptions to this.
To summarize, absences will only be excused for:
- documented medical emergencies (prescription receipts will NOT be accepted)
- compulsory military service
- death in the immediate family
Hopefully, these basic ground rules are acceptable to you. Thank you for taking time to read this. If you are comfortable with it, I am sure that we will have a wonderful time working and learning together this semester!
Master of Educational Technology
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Interest areas include instructional design models and principles for e-learning 2.0, mobile learning (m-learning), and blended (hybrid) learning environments.
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
All courses were taken at Burman University, a satellite campus located in Alberta, Canada. The major was Secondary Education with a Specialization in English.
University of Cambridge
The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) is recognized around the world by international English Language Teaching organizations.
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