From January 7 to 31, the Institute of International Cooperation and Education (IICE) ran a program named ‘International English for Communication (IEC).’ This program offered students the same circumstances as studying abroad, but with reduced fees. The program cost 860,000 won and ran for 16 days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Information & Technology Building.
Only 48 people were recruited on a first-come, first-serve basis, putting them together in groups of 12 people with similar levels of ability. Developing the reading, listening, writing and speaking abilities was not the only purpose of the course. There were lessons about interviewing, resume writing, debating with logic, presentation skills, cross cultural understanding taught by foreign professors, which helps in building business communication skills.
Eo Yeo-jin (School of Economics, 10’) who completed this program stated: “This program was a great help especially for people like me who never had the confidence in English abilities. Nine hours a day, 16 days in a row was a short period of time in which it was not possible to make a huge progress. However, having the chance to speak English in comparison with daily Korean life was a great point. The most memorable course was about presentation skills. In this course, everyone had the opportunity to speak in front of all of the other participants. We even went to places like Itaewon, COEX and Insa-dong and talked to the foreigners on the street.”
One IEC administrator said, “The overall response from students who participated in this program was great. This program will be operated again in this winter vacation. I hope many students will participate.” Before applying for this program, you should not confuse this program with employment support programs. We insist that you check with the IICE and get informed correctly.