PLR hosts Korean language school

WWC and Rogers students become English voices in Korean classes

By: Kristi Spurgeon

A group from the largest language school in Korea recently spent a week at the Positive Life Radio studio, on the Walla Walla College campus, in College Place, Wash., recording songs and stories that will be used to teach English to South Korean children.

While researching locations for the recording sessions, SeungMin Lee, chief audio engineer of the Seventh-day Adventist Language Institutes in South Korea, came across PLR’s website and liked what he heard – especially what he calls the “Hollywood accents” of the West Coast. Also, the modern facility on the WWC campus best met the technical needs of the Institute.

The project, headed up by Lee and textbook writer InHe Shim, uses children’s songs and stories, like “The Wheels on the Bus,” to teach English to young people in South Korea. WWC students and elementary students from Rogers Adventist School, in College Place, Wash., are serving as the voices that will help millions of Koreans learn English.

“We sing a lot,” says Sophia Rich, a fifth grader. “My voice gets really tired!” And although they spent hours in the studio on Sunday, and all week after school, the students agree that the experience has been “lots of fun.”

“The songs add authenticity to the English lessons,” says Shim. “They also give the students a break from the difficult lessons. There is no pressure or stress, but by singing songs they feel happy and learn better.”

The language school was founded in September 1969. It teaches English, Japanese, and Chinese at more than 30 branch schools across Korea. Approximately 45,000 students attend the Institute every two months.

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