The graduation ceremony of the inaugural ‘Applied English & Internship Programme’ by R.E.A.L Education Group took place on January 22, 2015 at the Hall of Character of R.E.A.L Schools, Suria Campus, Cheras. The programme saw a total of 33 students from South Korea participating in the programme which took place in R.E.A.L Schools, Suria Campus, Cheras and R.E.A.L Kids Taman Cuepacs, Cheras.
The students, who were majoring in Early Childhood Education and Education at two different South Korean universities, had embarked on a four-week internship course which was specially designed for students who want to become more confident in using English clearly and effectively in a childhood-nurturing environment. This covers both communicative and written aspects.
In addition to the above, other learning outcomes of this programme include getting the students to:
- Work cooperatively with other staff members, parents and the community
- Plan daily and weekly schedules of developmentally-appropriate activities
- Prepare written plans, progress records, parent communications and reports
Back to the ceremony proper, the Korean students were each awarded a Certificate of Completion, a Progress Report, and a Letter of Recommendation/Testimonial. There was also a Character Recognition session in which some participants were recognized for displaying particular character traits during their stay here.
The event was punctuated by performances which were duly presented by the students, much to the delight and enjoyment of the audience. The evening’s entertainment had a distinct Korean feel or theme to it. This includes song and dance numbers from, among others, K-Pop sensation Psy of ‘Oppa Gangnam Style’ and ‘Gentleman’ fame. There was also a video presentation which featured the various activities in which the students took part in; such as a visit to the Petrosains centre in KLCC and a trip to the historical state of Malacca, to name but a few.
Overall, it was an educational, enriching and enjoyable experience for the group of students who will no doubt take home to Korea with them fond memories of their time in Malaysia while having equipped themselves with better knowledge and skills of the English language and teaching as a whole. Their growth and progress in these areas have been evident throughout the programme; as testified by Ms. S.P. Lee, General Manager of R.E.A.L Schools, Suria Campus, Cheras when she mentioned in her speech that she and her teachers were very happy with the level of participation by the students.