floor of Bukakgwan, it is not easy to knock the door of professor’s room for
Korean students. But there is one professor who keeps her door wide open with
easy listening music.
Professor Robin Debecker’s who is having 8 years expatriate experience in
Korea. She keeps her door wide opened
for students to come easily.
is a big picture frame of her students who she taught so far. Every single
student is very important to her, she said.
brought her to Korea?
interviewed one more KMU stander, Professor Robin Debecker.
What was your purpose to come to Korea?
was year 2000 for my first step to Korea with my family. My husband’s
job was related to PEACE AMBASSADOR, so I came to Seoul. My hope is dream. Therefore, I try to
teach how to understand other cultures; and more, how to be multi-cultural
person. I’m sure that it will help world peace.
How did you decide to work in KMU?
was great opportunity that I could start teaching at University. When I applied
for job in University, it was very highly competitive. I’ve applied to Ewha
Women’s, Hanyang, and Kookmin Universities.
impressed the most at KMU because of beautiful campus with the nature. Beside
this actual environment, KMU support the best working condition to teach
creatively. Cultural and academical exchanges were bouncy, so each could
What’s the difference between American and Korean Universities?
are huge differences between them. One of advantages is ‘respect to teacher’ of
Korean students. This is really good advantage for them.
campus, most of Korean universities are well built in modern style. But class is
not very creative. Professor speaks and students note, this style does not help
students at all.
American college, class is going in discussion style between professor and
How do you feel teaching in KMU?
of all, I enjoy teaching. I’d try to make class fun. I think that it will make
students to learn English without discomfort. My classes are always quite noisy
but I tell them to speak; speaking is more important than grammar.
Many Korean students are interesting in English. Could you give them a piece of
tell my students “Go find foreigners, talk to them in
will be very nervous and embarrass at the first time, but most of my students
told me that it was very fun experience after they took it over.
fun and easy English book.”
is not good to start with complicated books. So I recommend to start with easy
and light readings, such as novels. You will step closer to your goal on TOEIC
or TOEFL afterwards. Of course you need to work hard though.
What’s your goal in KMU?
hope to publish book with my teaching experience. I already have a book of 200
students’ stories. It gives me a lot of ideas. And I also want to publish more
about my experience with my students.
help their English, I’d want to find better way in teaching.
are my goals in KMU.