Students Travel without Leaving the Classroom

STHS Students Travel without Leaving the Classroom
Students Experiencing Different Cultures

In Ms. Kendra Price’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class, the students are working on comparing and contrasting in writing. Curious about Asian cultures, her students were captivated with guest speakers from Japan and South Korea. 

            Ms. Price’s friend, Kiyoko Bowman, grew up in Japan and introduced the class to the history and some major traditions of this culture. Mrs. Bowman dressed volunteers in the native kimono and footwear, prepared traditional fried rice with rice cookies and seaweed chips and taught phrases like “Hello” and “Thank you”. “I was honored when I was offered the opportunity to try on traditional Japanese clothing. It was a unique experience that I will never forget,” remarked Araceli Nunez Garcia.

            A week later, Shine Kim, a student in that class, brought her parents, Soo and Hyun Kim, to acquaint her classmates about life in South Korea.  The Kim family created from scratch the classic bulgogi, or “fire meat” served with the salty spicy vegetables called kimchi. Shine commented, “I felt proud that my parents and I had the opportunity to teach my classmates about Korea.”

            As part of this astonishing event, the students later discussed and wrote about the similarities and differences between the two cultures.

A grateful shout-out to Mr. Arthur Northrop, Director of the Strom Thurmond Career and Technical Center, who was so supportive of the endeavor, participating in Shine’s presentation. He even practiced saying the Korean words with the class!


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It was a day of new experiences for Ms. Kendra Price’s class when guest speakers taught the students about Japanese and South Korean culture.  From top left and clockwise:  Mrs. Kiyoko Bowman makes Japanese fried rice as students look on. Angel Guzman, Shine Kim, Christian Flores-Peraza, Mario Augustin, Araceli Nunez Garcia. Araceli is dressed in a traditional kimono with an obi sash. Shine Kim assists her father Soo Kim, and mother, Hyun Kim, using chopsticks to place Gim (seaweed chips) in a bowl, as they all prepare bulgogi for the class. Alex Peralta Carela and Juana Gallegos Alvarez display traditional South Korean clothing.

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