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UCLA Summer Program Strengthens Writing Skills for Korean Students

A group of 86 Korean students are enhancing their English reading and writing skills for four weeks through the UCLA Writing Project, housed at the university's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

UCLA News

By Shaena Engle
       
A GROUP OF 86 Korean students are enhancing their English reading and writing skills for four weeks through the UCLA Writing Project, housed at the university's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

The 4th-11th graders, who come from Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Daejeon and other Korean cities, are part of UCLA's new Korean Academy within the UCLA Writing Project. Nine visiting teachers from Korea accompanied the students. The program, which concludes Aug. 15 with an "Author's Cafe" during which students will recite and perform poetry, provides 25 hours of reading and writing curriculum per week to the visiting students.

Five Los Angeles teachers, all graduates of the UCLA Writing Project, are providing instruction on poetry, reading and narrative writing to the students. An additional teacher is working with the students on developing their English "voice" through performance poetry.

The Korean teachers are responsible for making sure the students are provided a glimpse of Southern California culture, which includes field trips to the Getty Museum, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Disneyland, Griffith Park, Santa Monica beaches and other local attractions.

"We are very excited to offer this program," said Faye Peitzman, director of the UCLA Writing Project. "In addition to providing literacy and oral language skills, the Korean Academy enables students to experience a different kind of classroom dynamic — more talk among students in small groups and more of a focus on expressing their own opinions about literature. The program is fascinating for teachers and students alike."

The UCLA Writing Project, a site of the California Writing Project and the National Writing Project since 1977, is a professional development network for teachers of writing from elementary school through university. Each summer the project offers invitational institutes which draw together experienced writing teachers who share their expertise, work on their own writing and discuss current research and issues in the teaching of writing. More than 900 teachers in the greater Los Angeles area have become UCLA Writing Project fellows. For more information about the UCLA Writing Project, visit http://centerx.gseis.ucla.edu/WP/.

The UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS) includes two departments — the Department of Education and the Department of Information Studies. Together, these departments embody the school's commitment to understand and improve educational practice, information policy and information systems in a diverse society. GSE&IS's academic programs bring together faculties and students committed to expanding the range of knowledge in education, information science and associated disciplines. Its professional programs seek to develop librarians, teachers, administrators and information professionals within the enriched context of a research university.