KOICA volunteers and tutors along with Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, FALE Dean (sitting, middle) and Ms Asela Tuisawau (sitting, far left).
Six (6) volunteers from the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have successfully completed the Intensive English Programme (IEP) offered by The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Language, Arts and Media (SLAM).
IEP is a general English language programme offered four (4) times a year and taught at six (6) competency levels comprising the four (4) macro skills – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
The programme empowers participants to use English socially, for study and work.
A skill-based syllabus is employed where the following components are equally weighed: Grammar, Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
In congratulating the participants at the Laucala Campus on 10 August 2018, Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) said they had done extremely well and hoped they would continue to speak English to enable them to become even better at it.
“You are well versed with your own mother tongue but we live in a world where we have to communicate with people from different countries and cultures. We all have to learn English in order to communicate – that is why learning has no barrier and education is really a life-long process,” Dr Kedrayate remarked.
“This University is a place of learning and we are happy to be a part of it. Our staff have also learnt so much from you. We learn from each other and share experiences and knowledge as a result we grow intellectually, and we understand each other better.
“When we understand each other better, we begin to appreciate the cultures and lifestyle of other people,” she commented.
Dr Kedrayate stated that in life a lot of conflicts occur because of a lack of understanding of each other’s culture and way of life.
“When we appreciate and understand each other we also develop respect for one another regardless of our ethnicity and we can then live together in peace,” she added.
“We are so thankful that your Government has been very helpful to the University and the countries in the region and also to KOICA for facilitating this,” Dr Kedrayate acknowledged.
“We are happy to have experienced a group like you having come to work in Fiji, we also hope you can learn Fijian and Hindi,” she said.
“It has been a pleasure hosting you and we hope our relationship will continue,” she added.
Dr Kedrayate also acknowledged Ms Asela Tuisawau, IEP Coordinator and her team for their efforts in ensuring that the participants successfully completed IEP.
Furthermore, she stated that SLAM runs a very successful Chinese language programme which is now being offered in almost all the countries in the region.
“Here at SLAM we encourage international languages to be taught, we are also teaching French and we are hoping to teach Japanese and Spanish. We want to understand each other better through language as a medium of communication,” she added.
The volunteers, who worked in the education and medical fields in Korea, will be posted to schools and medical centres in Suva, Nausori and Sigatoka where they will serve under KOICA for two (2) years.
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