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Monday, April 21, 2014

Korean students to perform at Street Market

The newly established King’s International Education Center is set to wrap up its first-ever Winter English Camp with cultural presentations from its young Korean participants.

Headmaster Kuen-Hee Han said Monday that 55 students from alternative schools in Seoul and Gwangju in South Korea will perform at the Garapan Street Market on Jan. 17, from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.

Han said the students’ performances will include song numbers in English and Korean as well as dance numbers, including a demonstration of the traditional Korean fan dance from their youngest campers.

Thursday’s performers comprise the second batch of Korean students who signed up for the center’s Winter English Camp, a four-week program that offers participants an opportunity to learn not only the English language but also the island culture.

“I think Saipan is perfect for English learning and cultural exchange,” Han told Saipan Tribune, adding that the Korean students’ exposure to a different culture gives them a wider perspective of the world.

According to Han, the camp has a two-pronged approach to student learning: Participants are completely immersed in the English language through classroom learning at Mount Carmel School in Chalan Kanoa, and they take part in after-school activities at the center located at Saipan Gold Beach Hotel along Beach Road in Garapan.

She said their first camp was from Nov. 30 to Dec. 25 while the second camp began on Dec. 24 and will end on Jan. 24. Han noted that some of the students from the second batch are scheduled to leave this Friday, a day after their Street Market performance.

Han disclosed a plan to offer the camp even during summer and a long-term plan to extend the camp’s duration.

For more information about the camp or King’s International Education Center, call 235-7665.

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