Korean classes come to Auburn
by Rachel Davis | Community Writer
Sep 01, 2014 | 382 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
(Kenny Moss | Photographer)
(Kenny Moss | Photographer)
slideshow
The Auburn University King Sejong Institute is offering an eight-week, not-for-credit Korean language courses. Each course costs $99. Students can choose between beginner and intermediate levels. The courses will begin Oct. 13, the original starting date of the second semester. The first semester was cancelled because of low enrollment. Eunhyun Park is the instructor for the classes. Park came from Keimyung University in Daegu, Korea, to teach Korean. Park is the first instructor from Keimyung University to come to the U.S. “I really love to teach Korean language and Korean culture to many people,” Park said. “I really, really like this job and that’s why I hope many, many people are interested in learning Korean.” The beginner courses will focus on the Korean alphabet, numbers, grammar and short phrases, such as greetings. Park said the intermediate course will be more like a supplemental beginner class. Jennifer Mason, director of international initiatives, said if interest is high, advanced classes will be added. Mason said the increased Korean population in the Auburn area was a strong reason for offering the classes. “Within about an hour’s drive of Auburn, we have more than 60 Korean companies operating here,” Mason said. “That’s made a huge difference in the community landscape of the region. Being able to understand each other, not just in terms of language, but in culture and those kinds of things, we thought was important.” The course was first offered last fall. Students included people working at Korean companies, community members interested in Korean and University students. “We’ve had Auburn students who are interested in taking the for-credit courses, and this is an easy introduction that’s not going to affect your GPA, in case it’s a little more difficult than you were expecting,” Mason said. Lourdes Betanzos, undergraduate advisor for global cultures, said offering Korean classes was a logical choice. “I think, especially with our University being between two very large Korean manufacturing companies, it’s kind of an obvious thing, and a logical choice to make for our students,” Betanzos said. “I think as long as we can continue to collaborate with the Korea center here on campus we should be able to continue offering classes.” Park also teaches for-credit Korean courses through the University. Last year, the department of foreign languages received approval from the University Curriculum Committee for the elementary Korean sequence. This semester, enrollment in the elementary class reached capacity. “Sometimes I think we’re at a disadvantage because, here in the South, the Korean community is still somewhat new,” Mason said. “When we think about language, we think a lot about Spanish, about Latin American culture because that has been part of our community for a long time. When someone’s thinking ‘I want to learn a new language. What do I go with?’ Spanish is the first thing that pops into your head. It’s the most reasonable answer. Korean is becoming more and more important in our region and beyond to the U.S. with the relationships there.” For more information, visit the Korea Center’s website or email Eunhyun Park at ezp0008@auburn.edu.
Comments
(0)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet
Weekend Roundup: Volleyball takes two out of three at George Washington Invitational
by STAFF REPORT
Aug 31, 2014 | 945 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Auburn University Women’s Volleyball team celebrates after a point. (Jenna Burgess / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR)
Auburn University Women’s Volleyball team celebrates after a point. (Jenna Burgess / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR)
slideshow
The Auburn volleyball team opened their 43rd season over the weekend at the George Washington Invitational in Washington D.C., posting two wins out of three matches. The Tigers played two matches on Friday, first defeating North Dakota and then taking a loss to George Washington, the tournament host. They wrapped up the two-day tournament action Saturday against Arkansas State at the Charles E. Smith Center. The Tigers' first match Friday was a 3-1 (25-23, 18-25, 25-19, 25-22) victory over North Dakota. Freshman Alexa Filley, 2013-14 Gatorade National Player of the Year, had a double-double with 43 assists, the most by an Auburn setter in a match since 2011, and 13 digs. Thirteen of the Tigers' kills came from freshman Courtney Crable, Kentucky's Miss Volleyball and a First-Team Under Armour All-American in 2013. Sophomore Emily Klitzke and freshman Macy Reece had 11 kills each, while Stephanie Campbell had 10. Auburn had 13 blocks in the match. The Tigers took their first loss of the season in their second match Friday against George Washington. The tournament hosts beat Auburn 3-0 (13-25, 18-25, 20-25). Auburn was held to 33 kills, hitting .082 with 24 errors against the Colonials. Offensively, redshirt freshman Kristel Moor led the way with seven kills on 13 attempts in her first match for the Tigers on Friday night. Crable and Klitzke contributed with six kills apiece. Junior Mary Hannah Arrington had a team-high 18 digs, while Filley had 28 assists at the setter position. The Tigers recorded a weekend-best 43 kills on Saturday to beat Arkansas State 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-16) in their concluding match. Crable led the team with 13 kills and 14 points, while sophomore Stephanie Campbell hit a team-high .471 and converted 8-of-17 attempts. Freshman Macy Reece added nine kills in her first collegiate debut. Auburn finished 39-of-58 (75%) in sideouts. Sophomore Taylor Schill had a career-high 14 digs in the final match of the two-day tournament, while Filley recorded another double-double, posting 34 assists and 10 digs. Filley also had a pair of aces in Saturday’s win to help the Tigers finish 2-1 at the George Washington Invitational. Auburn will take its talent to Columbus, Ohio for the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic next weekend, where they will compete with host Ohio State, Southern Illinois and Florida Gulf Coast. The three-day tournament will be the Tiger’s final non-conference competition.
Comments
(0)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet
Soccer pitches back-to-back shutouts in Tiger Classic victory
by STAFF REPORT
Aug 31, 2014 | 707 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Corner kick by Haley Gerken. Anna Grafton / PHOTO EDITOR
Corner kick by Haley Gerken. Anna Grafton / PHOTO EDITOR
slideshow
Auburn hosted the Auburn Classic this weekend and finished 2-0, with victories over UC-Irvine and Georgia Southern. On Sunday, Auburn beat Georgia Southern 3-0 to win the Classic. The first goal came only six minutes into the game, as Sophie Simantel finished off a corner kick. Tori Ball scored the next goal for Auburn with 15 minutes left in the first half, sending the Tigers into the half with a 2-0 lead. Logan Beal scored the last goal for Auburn with 15 minutes left off a powerful strike that deflected off the crossbar to make it 3-0. Alicen Wright and the Auburn defense played well again for their second consecutive shutout. On Friday night, the Tigers soundly defeated UC-Irvine 3-0 in their home opener. Auburn scored their first goal seven minutes into the second half when Chelsea Gandy-Cromer finished off an Ellie Leek corner. Leek then scored the next goal for the Tigers just 10 minutes later, as Kristen Dodson assisted her on a through-ball to make it 2-0. Last year’s leading scorer Casie Ramsier scored the final goal for Auburn in the 80th minute from a Haley Gerken free kick for her first goal of the season. The Auburn defense held solid all game, only allowing one shot. Wright started in goal and recorded the shutout. Auburn moves to 3-1-0 on the season. Their next match is Friday, September 5th at 4:30 p.m. CT against Memphis in the Rebel Classic in Oxford, Mississippi.
Comments
(0)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn celebrates during a 45-21 victory over Arkansas on August 31, 2014 (Zach Bland / Auburn Athletics)
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn celebrates during a 45-21 victory over Arkansas on August 31, 2014 (Zach Bland / Auburn Athletics)
slideshow
Jeremy Johnson attempts a pass during his first SEC start against Arkansas (Zach Bland / Auburn Athletics)
Jeremy Johnson attempts a pass during his first SEC start against Arkansas (Zach Bland / Auburn Athletics)
slideshow