The New Era University Center for Languages (NEU-CFL) presented its second batch completers of the Certificate Program in the Korean Language through a virtual culminating activity held on May 15, 2021.
CFL Director Zaldy Petorio, in his message read by Bro. JB Sarmiento, noted the significance of the event. “Your batch is another proof of the university’s continuing commitment to academic excellence and culture awareness in the global context and an inspiration to the succeeding group of students who want to take part in the program,” Brother Petorio said.
One of the completers is Alyssa Agapito, a first-year BS Biology student at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, shared her objectives in enrolling in the said program. “[I was] motivated by interest and because at that time, I was reading a self-help book that was translated to English from Korean. I wonder how it’s like to read the book in its original language. Aside from an interest in K-pop, I also want to read Korean books,” Alyssa said.
“My advice is just to enjoy the ride because it’s an enlightening experience,” Alyssa advised aspiring Korean language learners. “Aside from learning the language and the technicalities of it, like reading the writing system and speaking, we also have group reports which gave us an insight into Korean culture. You can also see the similarities and differences [between the Philippine and Korean cultures.] It gives you a new perspective oo human understanding,” she added.
According to Ms. Rachel del Rosario, another completer who is currently an office worker, she no longer needs to wait for almost a week to read her favorite Korean webtoon episodes in the English version. “And one more thing is that I gained not just acquaintances but new friends,” del Rosario shared.
Together with their instructor, Ms. Loren Sarenas, the 15 completers have showcased their skills with a special number by singing Roy Kim’s Spring Spring Spring (Bom Bom Bom).
NEU-CFL has recently hailed its pioneering batch of the said certificate program last February 27, 2021, which comprises 25 completers. The Korean language program started its classes last November 2020 and is now looking forward to its Level 2 certification program.