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Several countries around the world celebrate the mid-autumn festival and Korea is certainly one of them!
Korea’s mid-autumn festival, called 추석 chu-seok, also known as 한가위 han-ga-wi, is a major harvest festival and one of the biggest and most important holidays in Korea along with 설날 seol-lal (New Year’s Day). Often referred to as Korean Thanksgiving Day, it is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month every year. The festival is usually a three-day public holiday. If the dates fall over a weekend, it is observed on the Monday or first working day of the following week. Surrounded by the autumn colour of late September or early October, it is a time when Koreans connect with their roots. Across Korea, trains are packed, and traffic is jammed as over half the Korean population journey to their hometowns. Most people visit their family to prepare food, honour ancestors, and cherish relatives both living and deceased. People spend quality time together and share a feast of traditional Korean food.
In 2021, Koreans will be celebrating 추석 chu-seok from 20 September until 22 September. Provided below are some resources prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea. These resources, available both in English and in Korean, provide information on some of the traditional folk games and holiday dishes that Koreans enjoy during this special time of the year. Please feel free to use of these resources to either introduce 추석 chu-seok to your students or to initiate rich discussions for your students to find more about some of those countries that celebrate the mid-autumn festival around the world.
Note: Access to these resources below is available by clicking on this link
Resources in English:
Resources in Korean:
Global LYNCs Project at Oropi School
At Oropi school we believe children from every culture deserve the best education possible. We pride ourselves in acknowledging the different cultures that compose our school population. Our aim is to reflect NZ’s increasingly multicultural society, particularly the cultures represented in our school. We do this by providing students with a range of opportunities to celebrate their own cultural identity and the diversity of other cultures. It is important to enable our school context to reflect anti-bias learning opportunities that focus on learning with, from and about other cultures. This is why we chose to be a part of the Global LYNC’s project in 2019 and have continued to be participants over the last three years.
The aim for our students within this project has been to grow global awareness and competence, create meaningful exchanges and develop intercultural knowledge and understanding. Oropi students have eagerly interacted with many students from South Korea, they are always excited for the next video exchange to share about their cultures and learn more about South Korea, the culture and the Korean students' day to day lives. They have been astounded to learn some of the similarities and differences within New Zealand and South Korea, prompting more questions and wonderings which have led to student-led inquiries and investigations.
“It was really cool because Korea is on the other side of the world and you have a view of what you think it is going to be like but then they show you and tell you what the life of a person my age is like. It changed what I thought it would be like over there” - Marshall, age 12.
“I think it was good because we got to learn about them and it was good to see the differences and similarities in New Zealand and our school and theirs” - CJ, age 10.
“I liked to see what they learned about and their perspective on how we learn” - Alyssa 10.
“We learned about their festivals and the names of them, and the Korean culture” - Carys 10.
“I like to see what the Korean students do in their class and what they learn about” - Chase 10.
Photo 1: Student at Oropi School taking part in Global LYNC's Project, Photo 2: Jaimee Donaldson, Teacher at Oropi School with students
This online cultural exchange pairs an Oropi class with a similar aged class at a school in South Korea. At Oropi, we have had children as young as seven years old interacting in these online exchanges. We believe it is important to foster global awareness at a young age, creating a desire for knowledge and a sense of understanding towards other cultures, traditions and ways of being.
The class teachers from both Oropi and the delegated school in South Korea work together easily via Zoom call and email to decide on the best topics of learning for the exchanges. These topics are then investigated by the students and presented to each other during the next exchange. We take this opportunity to grow our students' knowledge of Aotearoa and our culture so students can share it cohesively while also learning about the Korean culture. This learning fits into the normal class routine and aligns with the New Zealand Curriculum. The Global LYNC’s programme provides our students with an opportunity to practise their communication skills while also learning and using another language, in line with our task-based language teaching programme.
For the video footage, please visit this website: https://teachapac.nz/resources/sister-school-partnerships-support-learning-at-oropi
Article written by: Jaimee Donaldson, Lead Teacher of Intercultural Strategy Development, Oropi School
(Linking Youths through Net Communications)
Cultural Exchange Opportunity
New Zealand – Korea
Professor Keong Ku (Keimyung University) continues to invite New Zealand schools to participate in her cultural exchange project Global LYNCs (Linking Youths through Net Communications) in 2021.
After it's successful introduction to Australia in 2015, the project has also been introduced to New Zealand in 2018. The project has been successfully offering authentic learning opportunities through communication between sister schools in New Zealand and Korea through regular video conference sessions for the past two years.
The project involves:
- Matching your class with a class at a partner school in Korea
- Regular Zoom videoconferencing sessions in English which you are invited to by email
- Building strong, sustainable partnerships
Students will grow:
- Global awareness and competence
- Intercultural knowledge, skills and understanding
- ICT skills
- Communication skills and collaboration skills
Teacher training and support with resources and technology will be provided.
This project is primarily intended for cultural exchange. Any school (primary, intermediate, or secondary) and teacher can participate. However, there is the possibility of adding a language component to the exchange if the students’ Korean language proficiency allows for it.
If you are interested in joining or finding out more about the project, please contact:
Hyun-Joo Kim, Facilitator – Centre for Languages | Future Learning Solutions firstname.lastname@example.org
2021 Korean Speech Competition
The Consulate of the Republic of the Korea in Auckland and the Korean Education Centre in New Zealand offers a Korean Speech Competition every year. It provides learners of Korean language a wonderful opportunity not only to showcase their Korean language skills but also to have the chance to meet other students of Korean.
Students will be showcasing their Korean language skills in the following two divisions under eight different categories:
Please note that the following changes have been made due to the current lockdown:
Applicatons have now been extended until Friday 29 October 2021.
Video submissions have been extended until Friday 12 November 2021.
Applicatons have now been extended until Friday 29 October 2021.
Online Speech Competition will be held on Saturday 20 November 2021.
Korea Festival 2021 in NZ Schools
Applications have now closed. Many thanks for your interest in this opportunity!
All applications received have now been screened by the Korean Education Centre (KEC) and a total of 23 NZ schools listed below have been successful in their applications.
Students at the above selected schools will get chances to explore and experience unique culture of Korea as part of this year’s Korea Festival in Term 3. Please contact: email@example.com for any questions.
Korean Language Classes and Korean Calligraphy Classes at the Korean Education Centre (KEC)
Term 3 Korean language classes and Korean calligraphy classes at KEC are running from 26 July until 1 October, 2021.
Spaces fill up very fast for all levels so, if you are keen to start learning Korean from Term 4, please express your interest well in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org today!
For more information, please click here
Korean calligraphy classes are also available on Tuesdays at no cost.
For more information, please contact the Korean Education Centre.
Phone: 09) 303-2625