February 4, 2015 at 5:21 pm

Korean Engineering Students Study English with OPIE

By Erica Coffelt

The Ohio Program of Intensive English is hosting 10 students from the Korean University of Technology and Education in Chungcheongnam-do, a province in western South Korea. The students are on campus for four weeks as part of the English Language Study Program; this is the fourth iteration of the program in the previous six years.

Korean students with OPIE

While visiting the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Korean students discuss engineering-themed topics with Professor Bob Williams.

The Korean students, mostly juniors and seniors back at home, all studying engineering, came to Ohio University and OPIE in the College of Arts & Sciences to improve their English and gain an international perspective for their future careers in the field of engineering. Student Sinjung Lee states that it is helpful when Americans can assist with pronunciation and speaking skills. “I hope to talk more with many people,” Lee says.

In addition to attending English classes each day, the students visit engineering seminars on topics such as robotics and biomechanics in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. They also take trips to local engineering firms, like SunPower Inc. and Global Cooling Inc.

Students Tour the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 11.15.52 AMFinally, on weekends, students travel the region to learn more about American culture and history and appreciate Ohio winters on the ski slopes. Hyung Rae Kim looks forward most “to making American friends and experiencing American culture like going out and working out.”  His peer Kyumok Kim adds that making new friends is both the most challenging and the most enjoyable part of their four-week visit.

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