ETS Introduces the ETS English Camp in Korea for Underprivileged Students


Seoul, Korea (January 20, 2014) —

Twenty-five underprivileged elementary school students who have a high interest in studying English, but cannot afford to pay for study programs, recently attended a week-long ETS English Camp. The free-of-charge camp was held at the Seoul English Village Pungnap Camp, and was offered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) with support from the Partners for the Future Foundation under the umbrella of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM Korea).

ETS Korea invited a total of 25 selected elementary school students, recommended by 10 individual district offices of the Seoul Metropolitan City Government, to participate in the camp and experience a real English-speaking environment at the Seoul English Village. The camp exposed these young students to an array of events and English-learning activities which will help prepare them for future success.

"ETS is honored to help support underprivileged elementary school students in Korea," says David Payne, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Higher Education Division at ETS. "Through the ETS English Camp, these students have the opportunity to participate in various English-speaking exercises and will be able to significantly improve their English skills."

The ETS English Camp Admission Ceremony was held at the Seoul English Village Pungnap Camp on January 11 and Zoubir Yazid, Managing Director of ETS Global BV, participated in the admission ceremony. Yazid commented, "ETS has been supporting Korean university students by providing scholarships since 2008. As a part of our corporate social responsibility activities, ETS is very glad to offer this opportunity to young English-language learners in Korea." A total of six scholars who won the ETS Scholarships in the past also joined the ceremony as mentors for the young English-language learners and shared their tips for studying English.

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