Anglia Ruskin builds on Korean connection

Published: 21 June 2006 at 14:18

Anglia Ruskin University this week hosted a visit from a delegation of education officials from the ChungchongNam-do Office of Education (CNOE) in Korea, who are visiting Cambridge to sign an agreement that will see 24 teachers from the Chung Nam Province attending teacher training courses at the University this summer. This new link with the education representatives has the potential to introduce the University to a network of teachers from over 700 schools in the Province.

The visit is the second to take place in recent months. A previous visit from a group of Ministers of Education from Seoul took place earlier this year. They were also preparing the way for teachers from Korea to come to the University’s Department of Languages and Intercultural Communication to participate in a Teacher Development Course, specifically designed for Korean teachers of English.

Jong-Won Lee, the Deputy Governor of Education for the Chung Nam Province and three of his colleagues were welcomed to Anglia Ruskin’s East Road campus by the Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, Professor David Tidmarsh before taking a tour of the facilities offered to students on and off-campus in Cambridge.

The four-week teacher training course, planned for later this year, will be delivered by staff at the University.  During the course teachers will observe English as a Foreign Language lessons within the University as well as foreign language lessons in local secondary schools.

Sarah Schechter, Director of Languages Enterprise, who together with EFL Programme Leader, Nick Hillman developed the course said:

“We are delighted to be hosting a second delegation of education officials from Korea. We are proud that our reputation as a provider of top quality teacher training courses is spreading, not only within the UK, but across the global village.”

“Nations such as Japan, Korea and Taiwan have western-style economies, a high standard of living and an extemely strong commitment to education.  It is entirely appropriate that we should help to extend the English language skills of teachers from other continents, as part of our successful English as a Foreign Language provision here in Cambridge.”

Annie Morgan-James, Head of the Department of Languages and Intercultural Communication at Anglia Ruskin said:

“Our department is enjoying much recognition both nationally and internationally, and we have every confidence that we will be working with many more English teachers from Korea in the future.”