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Title 2021 AKS Program for Educators in North America
Date 2021-09-10 Views 804
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The Division of Understanding Korea Project of the Center for International Affairs of the Academy of Korean Studies hosted the "2021 Online AKS Program for Educators in North America" from July 7-9, 2021. The education cooperation program was designed to extend the scope of the Understanding Korea Project and draw more foreign education experts by building regional networks and providing a forum for sharing information. The program, which started with the European region last year, engaged education experts in North America this year.

The two-day seminar began with a welcoming address by Yoonghee Jo, director of the Center for International Affairs, and an introduction of the Understanding Korea Project by Wonsuk Chang, head of Division of Understanding Korea Project. Presentations and discussions were made on the topic "Teaching about Korea in the North American Schools."


James Feldman, a teacher at Lake Shore High School, presented a teaching method for using comparison of King Sejong and Frederick the Great in American secondary school history classes. Terence Mitchell, a teacher at Dwight School Seoul, presented and discussed additional class contents.

Canadian educators -- Jim Pedrech, a teacher at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, and Rachel Collishaw, president of the Social Studies Network of Canada – spoke on the topic of "Canada's View" and presented the development of Korean modules and Korea-related teaching methods to be used at Canadian schools. Lee Yoo-kyung, an adjunct professor at Boise State University, participated as a panelist and led lively discussions about the status of Korea-related classes in Canada and topics for Korea-related classes.

Claire Walter, a teacher at Wolcott College Prep, made a presentation on a teaching method of using Lee Mun-yol's novel "Our Twisted Hero" in American high school English classes to identify the social, political, economic, religious and military contexts of Korea. Dr. Marcy Tanter gave a presentation on the Korean history and Korea-U.S. relationship surrounding the Gwangju Democratic Movement. Professor Michael Seth of James Madison University attended both the two sessions as a panelist and presented various opinions on modern Korean history.


Professor Park Byung-guk of Lorain College, speaking on Asian literature and Korean literature in postcolonial world literature, introduced prominent Korean literature translators and translation works. Steve Danzis, a learning experience designer at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, suggested inclusion of Korean literature in American high school textbooks.

Lastly, Kim Da-hee, a researcher at the Division of Understanding Korea Project, spoke on the topic of measures to expand Korea-related contents in North American school classes. She shared information on topics that can include Korea-related contents in the U.S. and Canadian weekly curricula and Korea-related materials that can be used in classes.

Korea-related lectures were presented as the last event of the program. Professor Lee Jin-hee of Eastern Illinois University gave a lecture on history education in North American school classes and Dr. Kwon Hyun-suk of Hanyang University spoke on the history of K-pop. The lectures gave time to understand and discuss Korean history and culture.

The program provided an opportunity to understand the status of Korea-related classes, teaching and learning materials, and weekly curricula in North America, and to discuss measures to expand Korea-related classes. The program also helped strengthen networks with education experts in the U.S. and Canada, laying the foundation for mutual cooperation to improve, supplement and create Korea-related contents in textbooks.
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