East Meets West at Anglia Ruskin

Published: 13 January 2006 at 14:37

Anglia Ruskin University this week hosted a visit by four Ministers of Education from Seoul, in Korea, who are on a fact finding mission to Cambridge to gather information about teacher training courses in the UK.

Namhoon Kim and three of his Government colleagues were welcomed to Anglia Ruskin's East Road campus by the Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, Professor David Tidmarsh, and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, Monika Pruetzel-Thomas, before taking a tour of the facilities offered to students on and off-campus in Cambridge. 

They are 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.

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

"Nations such as Japan, Korea and Taiwan have western-style economies, a high standard of living and an extremely 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. Our highly qualified team of teacher trainers are very experienced in running these specially designed courses as well as the CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), a BA in English Language Teaching, an MA in Applied Linguistics for Learning and Teaching Languages and an MA in Applied Linguistics for Learning and Teaching Languages and an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).”

"Cambridge, with its unique mix of international students provides the ideal learning environment for international teachers of English. Add to this the fact that all our students have full access to University facilities and you can understand the popularity of the courses."

The four-week 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, including Chesterton and Parkside.

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

"Our department enjoys an excellent reputation nationally and internationally, and we have every confidence that we will make a good impression on our special VIP visitors from Korea."

The delegation were extremely impressed with the proposed course, the teaching team and the facilities at Anglia Ruskin as well as the possibilities for exam provision outlined to them by Ann Puntis and Mickey Bonin from Cambridge Assessment. They spent the afternoon at Chesterton Community College, where the Principal, Mark Patterson, talked to them about the school and gave them a guided tour. Mr Kim, the Education Minister for Seoul said how impressed he was with the school and thrilled that his teachers would have the opportunity to observe lessons there and be part of the planned cross-cultural exchanges.