News Release| Strategic Language Initiative; Cal State L.A.


Media Advisory:
Friday, Aug. 20, 2010;

noon–3 p.m., Cal
State L.A.’s University Club


Largest cohort to engage in
Korean summer intensive program

State L.A.’s fourth cohort to advance the CSU Strategic Language

Los Angeles, CA 

— From learning how to play traditional Korean
games, to how to pen Korean calligraphy,
17 college students
spent six weeks fully immersed in Korean culture and language
as part of Cal State L.A.’s

Strategic Language Initiative (SLI) Korean Program

Pictured in the center: Gary Chaing and Ashley Lin.

Gary Chaing and Ashley Lin (c) competing in a traditional Korean
three-legged race as part of the University’s Korean Summer Intensive Program.

“This year’s cohort of 17 students is the largest since the
program’s inception in 2007,” said faculty director Namhee Lee. “Through
the program, the students

focused on the fundamental structure of the Korean language and were
introduced to Korean culture and traditions,”
he added.
“They also had opportunities to go on excursions and to
attend lectures by experts in Korea and Korean studies, such as a
sociologist, economist, historian, pedagogist, linguist—and even a North
Korean defector to help them practice speaking Korean and to deepen
their knowledge of the Korean society.”

Lee further said, “This program is simply one of the best of two in the
nation; the other is the Korean Flagship program of University of
Hawaii. Through our program, students mostly reach an advanced or even
superior level of proficiency.”

Cal State L.A.’s Korean intensive summer program will conclude with
a reception this Friday, Aug. 20, from noon-3 p.m. at the University
Club on the CSULA campus.

(Reporters are welcome to meet the 2010 cohort at the culminating event,
which includes a lunch along with a slide and poster presentation.
Please call the CSULA Public Affairs in advance at 323-343-3050 to make
reservations for the lunch.)

This year’s students are:

computer science major, Cal State L.A., San Pedro resident;        

sociology major, UCLA, Torrance;

Robert Gonzalez
history major, Cal State L.A., Baldwin Park;     

linguistics major, UCLA, Buena Park; 

political science major, Tulane University, South Pasadena;

business-economics major, Cal State L.A., Monterey Park;

Christopher Lee
criminal justice major, Cal State L.A., Hacienda Heights;

Na Lee
history, CSU Long Beach, Anaheim;

Seon Lee
communication disorders major, Cal State L.A., San Gabriel;      

Ashley Lin
Cal State L.A., Hacienda Heights;

Heather Kim
Art major, Cal State L.A., Rosemead;      

Stephanie Martine
Japanese/psychology major, Cal State L.A., Los Angeles;

Ashtyn Ripp
Cal State L.A., Santa Monica;             

Stephen Rhim
applied mathematics major, UCLA, Diamond Bar/Walnut;

Sophia Shin
communications major, UC San Diego, Cerritos;

Silvia Silvia
National Taiwan Normal University, Los Angeles;             

Eunice Yum
rhetorics graduate student, UC Berkeley, Torrance.        

The CSU SLI program covers the expense of student fees, textbooks,
lunches and excursions. The students will also be offered language
courses related to their majors in the upcoming fall, as well as a
four-week study-abroad project in summer 2011.

Ten students from the third cohort at Cal State L.A. have already
completed their studies in South Korea this summer.

Part of the federally-funded

CSU Strategic Language Initiative

(SLI), this highly-competitive, semi-immersion program at Cal State L.A.
is designed to help fill the need for strategic and diplomatic expertise
in the Korean language.

For more details on the SLI Korean program, call the CSULA Department of
Modern Languages and Literatures at (323) 343-4230.

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