Koreans visit Cobb, learn our language

A group of South Korean educators visiting Cobb for the next few weeks are getting a dose of old-…

Georgia (Jul 20, 2009) — A group of South Korean educators visiting Cobb for the next few weeks are getting a dose of old-fashioned Southern hospitality and culture. The group from Cobb's sister-city, Seongdong-Gu, a province of Seoul in the Republic of Korea , includes 13 elementary teachers and five city employees. They are studying at Kennesaw State University through its new Intensive English Program. During their time here, the group has taken English classes on campus, learning to read, write and speak the language, and have gone on a number of field trips exploring Georgia . "There are a lot of differences between Asian and Western (cultures)," said Yi Eunkyung, 38, a fifth-grade teacher on her first U.S. visit. "Especially in South area, people are so friendly." The South Koreans arrived July 11 and are scheduled to leave Aug. 8. The ability to communicate in English is a valuable asset in South Korea . Seongdong-Gu government leaders thought it important that the group obtain a better command of the language and asked KSU to increase classroom hours, said Dr. David Johnson, director of the intensive English program. "Even on the field trips, we try to incorporate a lot of vocabulary and language," Johnson said.


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