Korean Students a Tonic for Tutors

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29 Jul 2011

A group of Korean students in Christchurch for a month of intensive English language study at CPIT have been “a tonic” to their tutors.

Korean nursing student Yuan Lee was enjoying being in Christchurch along with her fellow students from the Korean Bible University in Seoul. The students study in the morning and take trips to Christchurch attractions such as Willowbank wildlife park and the Antarctic Centre during the afternoon.

Tutor Diana Proctor said the group had been a welcome addition to CPIT’s School of Languages. “They have brought a lot of energy, a lot of good humour, enthusiasm and what I can only describe as joy!”

Yuan was equally complimentary about her tutor. “My teacher Diana is very energetic and she likes to teach about English, she has passion, so I like her very much,” she said.

Diana has taught in the UK and Uganda and attributes success in teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to having an empathy with students. “I think I get good results because I like students, the class becomes like a family. I like to capture the personality, the passions and interests of my students. In the first few weeks I spend time getting to know them, not just where they’re from but their values, their goals, what they’re good at.

“My teaching philosophy is guided by the belief that everyone can excel, we can all achieve and when you engender self-belief in them, they blossom. There is nothing like seeing their faces light up when they understand something.”

The Korean group was not deterred by the recent earthquakes, though Yuan said it was a shame they couldn’t see Christchurch’s city centre on this visit.

Yuan’s dream is to work as a nurse in New Zealand and CPIT’s Competency Assessment Programme for NZ and Overseas Registered Nurses will be an option to consider when she graduates from her studies in Seoul. CPIT’s well-regarded School of Nursing maintains close links with industry for student internships and graduate opportunities.

CPIT’s EFL programmes are specifically designed to lead into foundation courses and then into CPIT mainstream programmes.