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Canada's Carleton University launches new Korean minor program

All News 02:34 September 10, 2020

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (Yonhap) -- A Canadian university has upgraded its Korean language program to a minor program, becoming the first Canadian school in Ottawa to offer an academic program in the language, South Korean officials said Wednesday.

Carleton University launched its Korean language minor program on Wednesday after upgrading it from an elective course, according to the South Korean embassy in Canada.

The Korean language program was the last to be added to the school's list of language program in September 2015, but was the only program upgraded to a minor program this year, it said in a press release.

The school previously had minor programs for Spanish, German, Russian, Italian, Chinese and Japanese.

"There have been cases where East Asian studies departments at some universities in Canada have opened Korean language programs as electives, but a school, such as Carleton University, opening up a Korean language program as a minor or major program is known to be very rare," the embassy said.

The new minor program is currently offered for third-year students only, but its launch has also led to a spike in the number of students taking entry-level Korean language classes, which apparently still remain electives.

For the ongoing semester, a total of 240 freshmen and sophomores signed up for 10 Korean language classes, up 40 percent from a year earlier, the embassy said, noting classes for seniors will be added next year.

This photo, provided by the Sejong Hakdang (school) on Sept. 7, 2020, shows a group of people in Bangladesh learning Korean in a class. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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