|▲ Promiseedu / CEO Hyunmin Hong|
The South Korean educational authority changed CSAT (College Scholastic Ability Test) English to absolute evaluation from 2018 in order for students to focus on their competence and also for parents to reduce private education expenses. The result, anyway, was turned out differently: students were divided into different levels rather than making a progress in English competency and they seemed to have lost their drive. One thing for sure, however, is that English is now required 'actual ability to use' but not for scores for exams. It is not surprising, therefore, to observe an increasing number of English language schools driven by 'actual ability to use English everyday' nowadays and Promiseedu is one of them.
Four practical-minded English education experts gathered together in September 2011 to set sail Promiseedu in Mokdong, Seoul. Pushing forward their zeal with down to earth teaching materials and methods, they have seen opening of new branches in Gangseo and Mapo Seoul, Gwangmyeong, and quite recently Misa-Hanam with number of staff reaching to 100. Promiseedu especially has focused on third grade elementary students to middle school students with practical teaching materials and methods that can push up their abilities in reading and essay, speaking and discussion, and presentation skills. Oxford story books are used as helpful references and the end of the month exam and the level up test take place on a regular basis to analyze weak and strong points of each student. Students with progress are rewarded a Promise Master badge which motivates them to go further and deeper.
[YS Educational Research Institute]
The YS Educational Research Institute, an affiliate of Promiseedu, serves the company's think tank to develop teaching materials and methods and to provide advice on student's career path. The Institute started publishing a grammar series from 2017 and expanded scope to vocabulary, reading and writing series until 2020 totaling around 50 kinds of teaching materials. Since 2021, the think tank has been working on development of online-based grammar flip learning in link with already published textbooks.
[Corporate Social Responsibility]
Promiseedu is second to none when it comes to CSR. The company has been donating money or engaging in various charity activities through local welfare centers and foundations. These include raising a fund, donating masks, and lunch box give out, etc.
Promiseedu has listed its name in the winners of the Korea Education Industrial Awards for 6 years in a row and this year it received National Assembly Education Committee prize. <PowerKorea>