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Korean University Students Begin Four-Week Visit to LIU Post

Education majors from Gwangju National University of Education will learn about American culture & educational system, practice their English


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University

Korean University StudentsBrookville, N.Y. – Twenty students from Gwangju National University of Education in Gwangju, South Korea, will spend the next four weeks at LIU Post, studying American culture and education as part of an exchange program established between the two universities in January.

"Ultimately my hope is that many of our students will go to Korea," Dr. Paul Forestell, provost of LIU Post, told the visiting students at a welcome luncheon in the Interfaith Center Lounge. "We have great enthusiasm for this program, and we welcome you here."

The visit, coordinated by Dean of Education, Information and Technology Robert Hannafin and Assistant Professor of Education Haeryun Choi, is the first exchange since Gwangju National University of Education's president, Dr. Nam Gi Park, visited LIU Post in January.

George Lekakis, a student in the M.S. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program, will serve as the students' English mentor. Lekakis knows the value of study abroad. As an accounting major at the University at Albany a decade ago, he went to Asia for a brief visit and ended up living in Japan and Singapore for 10 years, teaching English.

"This kind of experience will change their lives really give them a broader understanding of life in the United States," Lekakis said. "And if more Americans went to Asia, they'd learn it's not as foreign as we presume it to be."

Seven LIU Post education majors are serving as "buddies" to the Korean students, helping them with English and discussing culture and academics. The students are Michelin Janvier, Brittany Lucas, Ashley McCarthy, Olga Melman, Ryan O'Kelly, Gabriella Sisto and Teri Tambasco.

Posted 07/12/2012

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