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.