Ben­e­fi­cial

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NINE- year- old Hwang Gyuho de­liv­ered his speech with great elo­quence and flu­ency. “Af­ter com­ing to R. E. A. L Schools for this camp, I am able to com­mu­ni­cate bet­ter in English with my friends. This trip will be a great mem­ory for all of us. Thank you for tak­ing good care of us and teach­ing us English,” says Gyuho.

Con­tin­u­ing from where pre­vi­ous year’s “Ap­plied English and In­tern­ship Pro­gramme” and “Cul­tural Ex­change Pro­gramme” left off, R. E. A. L Schools once again hosted a group of un­der­grad­u­ates and school stu­dents from South Korea. Strate­gic part­ner­ships with for­eign univer­si­ties and in­sti­tu­tions have been a key ini­tia­tive of R. E. A. L in re­cent years with the aim of fos­ter­ing long- term, mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tion­ships for stu­dents.

This round, a group of 12 Silla Univer­sity stu­dents ma­jor­ing in Education and six Early Child­hood un­der­grads from Keimyung Univer­sity Col­lege de­scended upon R. E. A. L Schools, Cheras Cam­pus for a one- month Ap­plied English course while in­tern­ing as as­sis­tant teach­ers.

They were men­tored and taught var­i­ous skills and were also in­volved in mock teach­ing ses­sions con­ducted by R. E. A. L Schools, Cheras Cam­pus gen­eral man­ager S. P. Lee. In be­tween school and class­room ac­tiv­i­ties, sev­eral ex­cur­sions fur­ther en­hanced their Malaysian ex­pe­ri­ence. Mean­while, 16 Korean school stu­dents be­tween 10 to 17 years old par­tic­i­pated in an­other R. E. A. L Schools ini­tia­tive – the “Fun Learn­ing and Cul­tural Ex­change Pro­gramme” held at the Cheras Cam­pus’ in­ter­na­tional school. Sim­i­lar out­ings were also or­gan­ised for this group as for their older com­pa­tri­ots.

Both pro­grammes cul­mi­nated with a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony for the Korean in­terns, who per­formed cul­tural dances, choral speak­ing ( in three lan­guages), a choir ren­di­tion of Rasa Sayang and even a fash­ion show.

In her wel­come speech, Lee ac­knowl­edged the grat­i­fy­ing suc­cess of the pro­gramme and how learn­ing comes in all forms, in­clud­ing the im­por­tance of ac­quir­ing skills that go be­yond the con­fines of a text­book.

To the school’s new­found for­eign friends, she said, “You opened your hearts and minds to ac­cept­ing and learn­ing our cul­ture and what our school has to of­fer. We are grate­ful and very for­tu­nate to have learned from you as well. You have also used th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties to cul­ti­vate self- con­fi­dence, self- dis­ci­pline and the abil­ity and de­ter­mi­na­tion to learn – price­less gifts you have given your­selves”.

In a re­lated event, R. E. A. L Schools’ Shah Alam cam­pus re­cently wel­comed 11 Korean stu­dents for the three- week “Fun with English Camp”, with sev­eral of them as young as seven years old. QB Global, the firm re­spon­si­ble in bring­ing the stu­dents over from South Korea, In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions di­rec­tor Nana Park ex­pressed her ap­pre­ci­a­tion to­wards the pro­gramme and R. E. A. L Schools’ hos­pi­tal­ity, “This R. E. A. L ex­pe­ri­ence has shown me that Malaysia is such a fas­ci­nat­ing place full of peace and di­ver­sity. I hope both par­ties can con­tinue this re­la­tion­ship as an im­por­tant step for both Korean and Malaysian stu­dents to grow into global lead­ers who are ac­cept­ing, giv­ing and sac­ri­fic­ing.” She also thanked the R. E. A. L teach­ers for their care and ded­i­ca­tion.

Ex­plore this and more of what R. E. A. L Schools has to of­fer dur­ing its Open Day on March 5 at all its three cam­puses in Cheras, Shah Alam and Jo­hor Baru. With ex­clu­sive fee waivers and free as­sess­ment tests up for grabs, it is a great op­por­tu­nity for par­ents to come and check out what R. E. A. L Schools is all about.

With 30 years of shap­ing education ex­cel­lence, R. E. A. L Schools is a di­verse com­mu­nity of learn­ing com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing holis­tic education through ex­cep­tional aca­demic stan­dards an­chored by sound char­ac­ter val­ues, stu­dents’ per­for­mance, prac­ti­cal learn­ing plat­forms and en­rich­ing stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ences. To­day, there are six schools lo­cated at three cam­puses in Malaysia. R. E. A. L Schools is also a five- star rated school as cer­ti­fied by the Education Min­istry of Malaysia.

For de­tails, call R. E. A. L Schools at 03- 9021 3601 ( Cheras Cam­pus), 03- 7842 3228 ( Shah Alam), 07- 386 4468 ( Jo­hor Baru) or visit www. re­alschools. edu. my.

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