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Korean language to be incorporated into France's dual-language education

All News 22:00 June 03, 2016

SEOUL, June 3 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and France on Friday signed an arrangement to allow the Korean language to be used in the European nation's dual-language education program as part of efforts to enhance bilateral exchanges, Seoul officials said.

Education Minister Lee Joon-sik and his French counterpart Thierry Mandon inked the arrangement under which French elementary-, middle- and high-school students will learn literature, history, science and other subjects in both languages should they choose to do so.

The signing came as Lee accompanied President Park Geun-hye who is in France after visiting Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya.

Under the "international section" program, France has been teaching various subjects at elementary and middle schools in 17 languages including English, Spanish and German. The Korean language will be incorporated into the program, starting from September next year.

Seoul's Education Ministry plans to offer support for the program by training and dispatching Korean language teachers to France, officials said. The number of teachers to be dispatched has not been divulged.

In another move to help French students better understand Korea, Seoul's Education Ministry seeks to expand extracurricular Korean language classes at French schools. Currently, a total of 34 schools in France run the classes.

The ministry also said that it would seek ways to open more French classes for students in Korea.

Under a separate arrangement, the two sides agreed to bolster exchanges among university students and school teachers.


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