Outreach program visits to local schools
Monash Korean Studies has been actively engaging primary and secondary school students in an outreach program that educates students on the Korean language, culture and history and introduces the possibility of studying engaging in studying Korean at a university level.
This program gives local school students the opportunity to experience a range of interactive programs and activities across the study areas provided by Monash University Korean Studies.
Note: Due the current COVID-19 social distancing restrictions we have made the decision to postpone the remainder of this year’s outreach programs until 2021, as the safety and wellbeing of the community is our top priority. We hope to continue to engage with more schools in the Melbourne Metropolitan area in 2021, when it is safe to do so.
Visit to Huntingdale Primary School (9 October 2019)
On October 9 2019, Associate Professor Andrew David Jackson and Dr Adam Zulawnik visited Huntingdale Primary School; a public, bilingual English-Japanese school that currently has approximately 700 students.
Dr Adam Zulawnik first gave a short presentation on Korea, the Korean language, and the Korean Studies department at Monash University to the grade 5/6 students (aged 11-12) who study Japanese as a second language through the school’s bilingual curriculum. Dr Zulawnik noted the linguistic similarities between Korean and Japanese (e.g., word order and Chinese character compounds) and that a number of our Korean Studies students at Monash choose to complete a double major in both languages.
Dr Zulawnik went on to emphasise the significance of Korean Studies and important role that South Korea plays in popular culture (K-Pop) and business globally.
All of the student showed great enthusiasm during the presentation. Many were already well informed about topics such as K-Pop and South Korean brands and cultural items such as taekwondo, hanbok, and kimchi. The presentation was followed by an interactive Kahoot! Quiz which student completed in groups.
All of the students were very excited and showed a fantastic level of engagement with the presentation. The outreach visit was concluded by exchanging Korean greetings that had been learned during the session.
Monash Korean Studies welcomes inquiries from schools in the Melbourne Metropolitan area. Please contact us for further information about the program.