Leslie Battersby is at Daegu Health College in the metropolitan city of Daegu.
Photo by Andrea Johnson
Battersby in South Korea
Monday, December 21st, 2009
A CNC dental hygiene instructor has traveled to South Korea to share her dental knowledge.
Leslie Battersby is at Daegu Health College in the metropolitan city of Daegu, teaching a short, three-day dental terminology course.
“My teaching skills will be put to the test as I do not speak Korean, and they speak minimal English,” she said. “I am not sure if our teaching models are similar or different, but I will find that out when I am there.”
Besides interacting with other dental professionals from another part of the world, her class will have 45 students eager to learn.
“I have heard that their technology is very advanced, so I am curious to see that aspect of their learning activities,” she said.
Battersby left Dec. 15 and will spend some time travelling around the country first before returning to Daegu to teach.
To immerse herself even more, Battersby and her husband will live with a host family and has several gifts lined up ready to exchange. She’s looking forward to the warm and gracious hospitality.
Even if it’s a short, three-day course, Battersby knows the experience will have an impact on her once she returns to Prince George.
“It will make me more aware of the cultural differences of our patients, and being a more culturally competent dental hygienist and instructor,” she said. “This opportunity may also show me different avenues of teaching.”
CNC and Daegu Health College have had a long-standing relationship where both students and faculty from both schools have participated in learning and teaching exchanges.