Creating an English Village: A Unique Collaboration Between South Korea and the U.S.

By Kyla Hammond and Debby Jennings.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA has been engaged in a unique global partnership with Yeungjin College of Daegu, South Korea in creating an English Village in Korea. The Village is run entirely by Yeungjin College and its purpose is to provide high quality English instruction in an immersion format, using an American curriculum and American TESOL instructors. The Daegu English Village project is very successful, and though many challenges have been faced in its creation, this global collaboration has become a model for ESL instruction in the international community. This project has provided invaluable insights into global ESL education, and is an example of turning the possibility of international partnerships in higher education into a reality.
In this discussion of our work in South Korea, we hope to add to the conversation in academia on global learning needs, highlight the lessons learned through this partnership, and emphasize the
use of ESL as a powerful tool for improving cross-cultural understanding.

Keywords: ESL (English as Second Language), Global Partnerships, International Collaborations, Private-Public Partnerships

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.63-70. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.113MB).

Dr. Kyla Hammond

Executive Director of Enrollment Operations and Extended Studies, College of Education, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Dr. Kyla Hammond has over 13 years’ experience in public education, serving as an English instructor, professional development coordinator, and higher education administrator. She is currently an administrator at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, overseeing enrollment operations and extended studies programs, which include online and internationl initiatives. Her areas of expertise are implementing entreprenurial models in higher education, enrollment management, strategic planning, organizational leadership, and innovative programming.

Debby Jennings

Stateside Director of Daegu English Village, College of Education, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Debby Jennings is an international educator who thrives in multi-cultural environments. She has a Masters in International Relations from East Carolina University. Networking and information dissemination is second nature in her work to provide innovative instruction based on the educational needs of individuals, communities, and organizations, no matter where they are located. Prior to coming to work for the Daegu Project at UCCS, Debby lived and worked abroad. Her career has taken her to Japan, Germany, France, India, The Netherlands, as well as the United States. Her teaching, research, writing, and public speaking experiences have opened new windows of opportunity for international educational exchange for which she is a strong advocate. Debby especially enjoys setting up new programs that can serve as models and lead to replication in other locations. She believes that the Daegu English Village is just such a model.


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