Participants gathered to attend the first orientation
UOS Tutor, a part of the international programs at the Institute of International Cooperation and Education (IICE), announced its 92 selected tutors for the 2014 spring semester on Feb. 19. This voluntary program is geared towards creating mutual academic benefits for all students involved, both tutors and tutees alike. Unlike other programs at the IICE, this tutoring program specifically focuses on the academic learning and exchange of Korean and foreign students. 92 tutors were each put into a group of 72, each consisting of two or more students. Tutors and tutees are expected to meet at least once a week until the semester ends.
Each tutoring session is conversation-based, and students are free to choose between newspaper articles, magazines, movie scripts and textbooks from lectures to help them with their studies. Those wishing to study in a more in-depth way can apply for free additional textbooks that are preselected by the IICE. Both Korean and foreign students in the same group have to write a weekly report after each tutoring session. They are required to write down the details of what they studied with a picture of both of them in a study group.
On Mar. 14, tutors and tutees had their first orientation to get detailed information about the program. Students could find out with whom they were paired and which subjects they were assigned to tutor. Korean students were given the chance to be reassigned to a different foreign tutor if they wish to learn a different language other than the one given to them. For Ryu Je-cheon (Dept. of Transportation Engineering, ’08), this is his second time participating in this program, and he thinks it is a great way to get to know foreign friends and learn about their culture and language.