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Passages Newsletter - Fall 2008

Faculty Exchange at Kyung Dong University

Abstract:

Fall is the best time of year Seoraksan National Park, Sokcho, Korea, where Dorothy Chase (Recreation and Tourism) is CWU's first exchange faculty at nearby Kyung Dong University. She is teaching in Kyung Dong's large tourism department (800 students and 18full-time male faculty). Her course on international tourism is the first course that tourism majors have undertaken in English. Students demonstrate a very good konwledge base in geography. This is one classrom situation where students' cell phones are welcome, as they are used frequently for translation and internet research. Virtually everyone in Korea, including primary school children trekking along with their tiny colorful backpacks, seems to have a cell phone in active use at all times!

In Korea, English language learning is weighted heavily by politicians, educators, parents, and students. As well as studying English in school, many students take additional lessons at private institutions, emphasizing reading and writing. At KDU this fall, many tourism majors needed their confidence boosted before enrolling in a content class given soley in English, as listening and speaking come slowly. KDU has a newly established English College. In the future, KDU students many attend Central for UESL and academic programs.

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