In line with the government’s mission to make Malaysia an international education hub, R.E.A.L Schools has been successfully carrying out educational programmes such as English camps and student exchange programmes for Korean students. Creating unique and engaging learning experiences has been a hallmark of R.E.A.L Schools due to a philosophy that espouses lessons beyond books and classrooms.
Last February, R.E.A.L Schools once again played host to a group of six Korean students who arrived in Malaysia accompanied by their teacher. Their one-week homestay programme was organized by R.E.A.L Schools, Shah Alam Campus; and involved students from Junior 5 and 6 as well as Senior 4 and 5.
With its prime objective being to introduce the guests to Malaysia’s rich traditions and cultures, various educational excursions were organized to famous tourist attractions and historical sites throughout the week. These include landmarks such as the Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Batu Caves and i-City. The young Koreans had a great time sightseeing the modern, bustling capital while a short visit to Malacca provided them with a more insightful view of the country’s roots and colonial past.
With English being widely spoken in the country due to its status as a second language, Malaysia is regarded as a great place for Korean students to brush up their proficiency in the language. From this viewpoint, the homestay programme is pivotal in improving their grasp of English. With Communication being one of R.E.A.L’s core values and R.E.A.L Schools constantly championing language mastery amongst its students, it was a priceless opportunity for the Koreans to polish up their linguistic skills as they gradually learnt to converse and express their opinions and ideas in English.
For the Shah Alam campus community, the programme has allowed them to foster new bonds of friendships with the foreign guests and learn more about fascinating Korean culture. This collaboration has indeed broadened the horizons of the R.E.A.L students as the Koreans brought along with them a sample of some of their famous foods such as kimchi, Korean noodles and pancakes in exchange for a taste of local Malaysian delicacies.
Simple yet meaningful gestures such as this between hosts and guests exemplified what this initiative is all about – forging mutual respect and understanding between various races and nationalities, as well as ensuring the Koreans would have a truly ‘REAL’ experience of Malaysia.