The government seeks to promote the teaching of critical foreign languages

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(Yonhap)

The government has drawn up a new medium-term plan to expand the teaching of 53 foreign languages ​​that are less commonly taught but seen as increasingly important for the nation’s engagement with the world, officials said on Sunday.

Ministers of Education, Justice, Gender and others discussed on Wednesday the Ministry of Education’s proposal for the second five-year basic plan for teaching critical foreign languages, which will be implemented in 2022 .

The 53 languages ​​designated by presidential decree include Arabic, Turkish, Kazakh, Mongolian, Hindi, Vietnamese, Thai, Polish, Italian, Swedish, Portuguese and Brazilian.

The previous first five-year plan was implemented from 2017 to 2021 following the enactment of the Critical Foreign Language Teaching Promotion Act in 2016.

The new draft plan calls for expanding opportunities to learn these languages ​​for all levels of students and the general public.

The government will provide common online courses and specialist language teachers to primary, middle and high schools, the ministry said.

The authorities also plan to triple the number of courses for these languages ​​in the public free online learning program K-MOOC to 60 by 2026 from 21 currently.

Under the first five-year plan, the ministry designated three universities as special institutions to teach critical languages ​​and provided support for their programs for 15 languages. The new plan aims to increase the number of these institutions and languages.

The government will also set up more programs to train translators and language specialists and strengthen language learning support for children from multicultural families, officials said. (Yonhap)

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