April 2022, New Delhi: When it comes to learning new language in India, the love for Korean language cannot go unseen, especially among youth. The Korean Language is one of the fastest popularity gaining language not only in Indian but globally. Hallyu (Korean Wave) craze in one of the main contributor to this popularity.
Seeing this love for the K-language, Korean Cultural Centre India is conducting offline Korean classes for Indian schools. 2,342 students will have their language classes from 36 schools.
In January 2022, KCCI conducted a Korean Language education demand survey in 73 schools located in Delhi NCR, after which KCCI has planned to conduct curriculum-based Korean language classes and hobby classes with 36 Indian schools that have expressed their intention to conduct Korean classes.
Compared to the number of Indian schools conducting Korean language classes in India (1,536 in 26 schools) in 2021, there was a remarkable increase in the number. The number of schools grew to 140% and the number of students increased to 153%, especially, the increase in schools teaching Korean as a curriculum-based courses (23 schools, 1,363) is noteworthy.
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The Director of Korean Cultural Centre India, Mr. Hwang Il-Yong, said, “In 2020, the Korean government developed a Korean language curriculum for Indian secondary schools and through this curriculum, they made a specialised textbook which we plan to use for the 6th grade Indian school students who take Korean classes this year.” He also said, “We will do our best to develop more textbooks and through the Korean language teachers, we will work hard to develop the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the Korean language education among Indian schools.”
The increase in demand for Korean language classes in Indian schools can be acknowledged with the recent Hallyu (Korean Wave) craze about K-drama and K-pop among Indians, along with the Indian government’s announcement of Korean as one of the recommended foreign languages in their new education policy updated in July 2020.
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