Korean education administrators earn ESL certificates at Kennesaw State

 

College of Continuing and Professional Education customized intensive, nine-day language curriculum for visitors

Administrators from the Gyeongii Provincial Office of Education in Korea completed English as a Second Language courses at Kennesaw State's College of Continuing and Professional Education. Their two-week visit was part of a Cultural Education Exchange program from Sept. 3-13.

The visiting administrators work at various universities in Korea. On Sept. 3, they were welcomed to KSU Center by Lyn Cohen, languages program manager. The group toured KSU Center at 3333 Busbee Drive and buildings on the main campus. They also dined at the award-winning University Commons.

The group took ESL classes from Sept. 4-12. ESL instructors Nancy DeLisle-Brown and Morgan Attaway compiled a custom curriculum for the visitors. Each group of 10 students spent 90 minutes with each instructor for a total of three hours of daily instruction.

The ESL certificate is one of 50 professional certificate programs offered by the College of Continuing and Professional Education. The program is designed to help students acquire speaking, vocabulary and writing skills via interactive games, practice lessons and quizzes.

"The curriculum was developed thematically so that it could be adopted to their ability level as needed," Cohen said. "The majority of topics deal with American culture and aspects of everyday life in the United States -- from idiomatic expressions used in business and social settings to Southern traditions and cuisine. Topics on technology, the environment and transportation were also covered."

On Sept. 13, the administrators received certificates during a ceremony in their honor. Guest speakers were Barbara Calhoun, dean of the College of Continuing and Professional Education, and Ho Jin Yoon, representative of HiContents and the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education. 

--Davia Lassiter