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Oct. 19, 2007  Communique


DAEGU, South Korea – A new $40 million English-only village, the first cooperative effort with an American university to promote English language skills and an American culture immersion experience, will open Oct. 30.

Daegu English Village, a cooperative effort between the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Yeungjin College, is the first privately sponsored English language campus in South Korea. The village is designed to develop English proficiency among youth and adults.

“The Daegu English Village is an important part of making the UCCS curriculum global in its perspective,” LaVonne Neal, dean, College of Education, said. “We believe this partnership will benefit both countries as we share information and culture.”

The College of Education has assisted in developing curriculum for school children to adults interested in learning U.S. business practices. Additionally, UCCS assisted in the hiring of instructors. Neal will attend formal dedication ceremonies in Daegu. Local celebrations are planned in November.

Jefferson Elementary and Holmes Middle School Choirs will join the Coronado High School Orchestra to perform a song written to welcome Korean citizens to the Daegu English Village.  The performance will be featured on the Daegu Village campus radio and television stations, and Korean television stations. A Daegu English Village instructor, Sylvester Oliver, wrote the song and Jeong Yeon Lee composed it.

The performance will be available at www.uccs.edu/~coe/daegu/index.htm.

The UCCS College of Education was selected to partner with Yeungjin College for the development of the village from more than 60 other schools. A formal agreement was signed in Sept. 2006. With more than 2.5 million residents, Daegu, capital of North Gyeongsang province, is the fourth largest city in South Korea and home to three U.S. military bases.