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About the Programs

DGEV offers a variety of programs to a variety of learners. Here is a snapshot of what is currently being offered.


Kindergarten classes from the greater Daegu area send their students to DGEV for regular day-long field trips throughout the academic year. The students tend to visit once a month or once every two months. This program follows a two-year curriculum and includes age-appropriate activities that draw on movement, art and music.


  • Schools from the greater Daegu area send classes to spend anywhere from a single day to five days and four nights (5D/4N) at the Village, although the majority of schools do opt for the 5D/4N program. Students range from grade one through grade six, with about 80% of the students in grade five. The programs includes approximately 15 hours of situational classes and 15 hours of intensive ESL classes.
  • The Village is proud to also offer the ‘Dream Step’ program as a sub-set of the 5D/4N program. This program affords students in grades four, five and six a chance to study at DGEV with government subsidy.
  • Fifth grade classes often come to the Village specifically to participate in the ‘Explore the World’ program, which blends the regular 5D/4N program with instruction in academic subjects from the regular Korean curriculum for the month in question (including English, art, music, science, social studies, physical education and math). This program provides a great opportunity for teachers to be involved in content teaching.
  • While at the Village, all elementary students are also given the opportunity to experience two pre-recorded cyber classes, using the Village's language learning lab.
  • Fun English Bus is a mobile classroom outreach program that generally serves rural areas.

Middle School

Schools are increasingly sending classes from grades seven, eight and nine to the Village for short-duration programs, usually lasting five days and four nights (5D/4N). The Village is excited to be expanding both its curricula and its offering to these age groups.

High School

Schools often send grade ten, eleven and twelve classes to DGEV for 5D/4N programs. At this level, the program is a hybrid of the situational classes offered for younger learners and more academic elements that will prepare them for further study and work.

The Village also offers courses aimed specifically at preparing high school students for a newly-introduced national English examination.


In some instances, post-secondary students visit the Village to participate in a tailor-made 5D/4N program.

DGEV also runs specific English conversation programs for students studying particular disciplines (such as tourism and general business).

Finally, through a partnership between Yeungjin University and a university in Japan, a group consisting of both Korean and Japanese students comes to the Village to study English on an annual basis. It is hoped that more multi-national groups will be in a position to study together at DGEV in the future.


A ‘Business English’ program offers public officers and members of the business community an opportunity to participate in tailor-made 5D/4N programs at the Village. Instruction is intensive in nature and focuses on teaching general westernized business skills in situational classroom settings.

Programs Offered During ‘Intensives’

The first three weeks of January and mid-July to mid-August are known as the ‘intensives’ period at DGEV. These are periods when Korean schools are not in session and many students and teachers are free to come to the Village to practice their English. Four programs are generally run concurrently during these periods:

  • The English as a Second Language (ESL) program: This program involves elementary and middle school students spending a full three weeks in residence at the Village. Participants study a total of 30 hours per week, following a curriculum that includes both intensive and situational class hours.
  • The Teaching English in English (TEE) program: The TEE program is designed for Korean elementary school teachers who wish to both hone their English skills and broaden their teaching tool kits.
  • The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program: The TESOL program goes a step beyond the TEE program, offering teachers a chance to improve their pedagogical knowledge and skills over the course of a full three weeks.
  • STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) Up: A program where DGEV instructors visit schools in Daegu and Gyeongbuk province to teach a curriculum based around science, technology, engineering, art and math.
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Harley S.

"Daegu Gyeongbuk English Village (DGEV) gives so many opportunities to work with amazing students. Not only elementary age, but middle school, high school, university, and adults as well. It allows you to try so many different techniques and strategies in the classroom to see what works best for your teaching style."
- Harley S, United States of America

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Sarah W.

"Daegu Gyeongbuk English Village was recommended to me by a friend of a friend while I was teaching in Thailand. It’s the perfect situation for people who love to travel as you get great vacation time, and you are super connected to Asia. One of the things I love about DGEV is that you truly get an international mix of people. Teachers are always supportive of new arrivals, and the social aspect is awesome! You are in the mountains, a little further away from the city (which can be a blessing in Korea!), but if you choose to, you can live in an apartment in the city. I personally love living on campus, as you can get up late and walk to work! As a new teacher it really is a great place to test new ideas and feel encouraged to have a blast in every class. Of course, it is a new job and a foreign country, but with the right attitude you’ll have an amazing time."
- Sarah W, Australia

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Daphnee N.

"Daegu Gyeongbuk English Village is an amazing organization to build English teaching skills by working with various ages and levels from all over Daegu and the Gyeongsangbuk province. English Village gives you the chance to hone in on your skills and formulate a proper teaching style tailored to your exact liking. Not only is it a great place to teach, but it also has an amazing staff both on the foreign and Korean side. English Village has an atmosphere dedicated to making sure that you are comfortable and are able to work in an environment that will garner a great work relationship with the peers around you.

In my three years at English Village, I was able to experience so many different types of English learners, both young and old. I spent two years traveling to various rural schools without Native English teachers, meeting and helping students with their studies. I coordinated High School programs and have come in contact with so many amazing kids who are eager to learn and improve their English for their future endeavors. All in all, my experience at English Village was something I would never change for the world. English Village is an amazing place to work. They treated me with so much kindness and respect and made sure that my experience in working there was absolutely amazing."
- Daphnee N, United States of America

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Ed G.

"Daegu Gyeongbuk English Village is a fun place to work. Somewhere that offers much more than just teaching different age groups. You’ll be teaching fun, friendly, and highly interested students who may not have had much exposure to English or foreign people. You could be teaching cooking to elementary students, teaching song and dance to middle school students, or conducting job interviews with high school students. Basically, you’ll have an opportunity to get involved in unique teaching experiences. Aside from teaching, you will be working amongst warm and friendly coworkers from many different backgrounds and will probably make a few lifelong friends while you’re there."
- Ed G, United Kingdom

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Morris J.

"Daegu Gyeongbuk English Village is a great experience. The amount of support I had as a teacher was amazing. Not only did the Korean staff make me feel like part of a family, but there are 50+ foreign teachers that are right there to help and support new teachers. Never in my life did I ever think I would end up living in another country. DGEV helped a ton to make the transition smooth and easy."
- Morris J, United States of America

Last Updated: March 21, 2022