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People who have shared Inha's history: Finding Inha Times English Advisor

기사승인 2024.05.30  23:28:39

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 As Inha University celebrates its 70th anniversary, this article will deal with Inha Times, which has shared history with Inha University. The Inha Times was founded on October 20, 1972, with the title The Inha Herald. Articles published by Inha Times will finally receive feedback from the advisor. In the process, grammatical errors or inscriptions that the student reporter was not aware of are corrected, resulting in a much smoother and more readable article. Currently, Professor Brochetti, a professor of English education at Inha University, is in charge of the advisor for Inha Times. In this article, through an interview with Professor Brochetti, I would like to talk about the role of Inha Times advisor, the characteristics of an English newspaper called Inha Times, and the appearance of Inha University that Professor Brochetti viewed.

 

1. Introduction of Inha Times English advisor, Professor Brochetti

Q. Introduce yourself, please.

 My name is Charles Brochetti, and I'm from the USA, from Pennsylvania, from Slippery Rock, a small town north of Pittsburgh. I met a lot of Koreans in the process of obtaining a Master’s degree in foreign language education at a University of Pittsburgh, and they introduced me to Korea, especially a company called LG. So, I came to Korea in 1994, and I worked for LG for three years. After working for LG company for three years, I applied to several universities because I wanted to work at a university, and Inha University accepted me. This is the process I came to Inha University, and after that, I was in charge of the freshman English program until 2015 (teaching) and moved to the English education department in 2015.

 My main lectures include English conversation, English writing, and business English. In English conversation lectures, we focus on basic conversation skills and discussions. Also, students learn how to make podcasts in my Conversation 1 class. It seems that the lecture is conducted in a way that presents one's opinion well, presents examples of this, and listens to and understands the opinions of the other party in the opposite position. There are two lectures related to English composition, and in the lecture called English Composition 1, we focus on creative writing and writing articles that express themselves comfortably. English Composition 2 deals with more academic content and parts than English Composition 1. This also seems to be dealing with practical rather than heavy and professional parts. In Business English, mainly explains goods and services and deals with small talk in social aspects. Additionally, Business Letters covers how to write different kinds of letters.

 

2. Inha University from the perspective of Inha Times English advisor, Professor Brochetti

Q. You said you came to Inha University around 1997. What is the difference between when you first came to Inha University and now? As Inha University celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, I wonder what it was like in the past.

 When I first came to Inha, the campus was kind of at the end of the city because there were no apartments. Also, there wasn’t much to do around here, and there were not many buses. What I liked about the campus was that before coming here, many people told me, “Oh Inha campus was very beautiful, especially in the spring, and many people come and have picnics under the cherry blossoms.” and that did not disappoint me. Well, the first time I entered Inha through the back gate, I thought, “What are they talking about?” Because some buildings weren't pretty when I came through the back gate. But then I came to the front part and I saw how beautiful the campus was. I was here for the 50th anniversary of Inha, and there was a huge concert and the library was built for that time. Inha University's old-looking exterior also seems to have become very clean along with the new surrounding buildings. Also, there were no nice coffee shops at the back gate. There were no such franchise coffee shops. So then by the 60th anniversary (10 years ago) a lot, a lot changed. I think the campus seemed to be more updated and oriented for students making students' lives a little bit better. In addition to the appearance, I felt that the students generally had a better attitude to participate in lectures than before and were more motivated.

Q. Is there any characteristic of Inha University that you have felt while you are at Inha University?

 Maybe because Inha University is a good university, I felt that all the students were motivated. In addition to students, it seems that Inha University has very good programs. Inha University and my department allows me freedom to teach as I want. Usually, there is a curriculum and there are guidelines to follow, but I have no limit to teaching what I think is good. In this regard, Inha University, and the college I am in, allows me to teach what I think is appropriate or what students need and want.

 

3. Inha Times from the perspective of Inha Times English advisor

Q. You are in charge of feedback for Inha Times articles, could you please let me know what you focus on when you give feedback? I wonder what steps you take to give feedback.

 I think it's been about two years since I was in charge of feedback on Inha Times articles. First of all, when I give feedback on an article, I think I try to understand what the topics are, and leave out my subjective thoughts and give feedback. I just try to make the phrasing and sentences to be more grammatically correct without changing the writer’s logic or thoughts. I keep the same meaning that they have said without trying to write it like I would write it. So, I look at what they wrote and I try to correct it so it sounds a little more natural or that the meaning sounds better. I don't try to edit to write it as I would say it and I try to keep the writer’s voice. Mainly, there aren’t many problems.

Q. Is there any article from Inha Times you've seen that impressed you?

 I can't remember each article in detail, but I think there are a lot of articles that I read are interesting. I think I read topics related to engineering, technology, and Korean society with interest. In particular, I think it would be good to use some topics to conduct discussion activities during lectures. I remember conducting discussion classes with students using articles from Inha Times during the EEG program a long time ago.

Q. Are there any difficulties or good aspects while in charge of feedback on the Inha Times article?

 I think the hardest part of being in charge of feedback was 'timing'. I think I always get requests for feedback at my busiest time. The difficult part seems to be that the timing of reading and checking students' writings, the most. It is usually at the period of time when I am grading, and like at the end of the semester. I think the good thing about being in charge of Inha Times feedback is that I can learn about various issues. The writing is well written and the data research is very good, so I think it's good to know about various issues. In addition to this, I think that's good because students can know what recent topics they are interested in.

 

4. End of the Interview

Q. Please recommend a restaurant or cafe to the students who read this article!

 When it comes to cafes and desserts, I recommend L Espresso, Cafe We We, Fav Coffee Company, Hoot Cafe, and Hodabang. As for the restaurant, I recommend a beef noodle restaurant and a Dak-galbi restaurant near a Cheese Jjimdak restaurant. Also, I recommend SHOHONA HALAL MART, The Kebab, etc.

Q. Is there anything you would like to say to the students reading this article?

 I know growing up, students are forced to take English but I think learning another language opens up new windows and new opportunities. So, I think reading or searching in another language just makes you a better person and it makes you know the country better too. Just open up your mind in using another language or learning another language, it's always helpful.

 

 Through this interview with Professor Brochetti, I was able to hear in detail about Inha University's English newspaper called Inha Times and Inha University itself. Through this interview, I felt that I could fill in what I lacked as a student reporter and make a better article thanks to the professor's feedback. As a student reporter for The Inha Times, this interview seems to have been meaningful in many ways.

 There are likely to be many students who do not know much about the existence or role of Inha Times while attending school. As mentioned earlier, Inha Times is an English newspaper of Inha University, which began in 1972, and currently writes articles four times a year, and two of them are produced and published as magazines. Published magazines are kept throughout buildings in schools, but if you are not interested, it is easy to pass them without knowing their existence. I hope this article will serve as an opportunity for the students to learn about the existence of Inha University's English newspaper and become interested in published magazines and articles.

김서연 seoyon1229@naver.com

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