The Chonnam Tribune interviewed Kim Jong-hee, the dean of ILE, about ILE’s educational programs and what they want from students. – Ed.
Q: What does the Center for General Education Support do?
A: The center manages overall things related to general education at the university. We develop general education courses that are open to all students. They can check the courses and choose the ones they need to take. We recommend the courses related to democratic awareness since CNU was the start of democratization in Korea’s modern history. Students need communication skills in order to improve their interpersonal relationship skills. We provide lectures that can improve students’ communication skills by enhancing their reading, speaking, and writing ability.
Q: What kind of difficulties do you have when managing CTL programs?
A: It is the student participation rate, which does not go over fifty percent. We promote programs a lot to students by calling them, hanging banners on campus, handing out brochures, and so on. We are planning to find various other ways to promote them. The satisfaction of students who have participated in our programs is high. Therefore, we want many students to take part in the programs and suggest improvements to us so that we can manage our programs better.
Q: What do you want students to get from the CTL programs?
A: We would like to help students gain writing skills and self-directed learning abilities. By participating in a writing program, students can enhance their competence necessary for their major courses; moreover, they can clearly deliver their thoughts after being employed. In addition, students need to have self-directed learning abilities in order to perform diverse studies. CTL’s learning community programs, including I-Meot-Go and Hanwool Study, will help students develop these abilities.