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23 June, 2006 - 09:58 By Staff Reporter

Anglia Ruskin builds on Korean connection

Anglia Ruskin University has been hosting a delegation of education officials from the ChungchongNam-do Office of Education (CNOE) in Korea.

The delegation is visiting Cambridge to sign an agreement that will see 24 teachers from the Chung Nam province attend 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.

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 and co-developer of the course said: “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 provision here in Cambridge.”



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