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BTS company teams up with education foundation to develop Korean learning material

All News 11:53 May 18, 2021

SEOUL, May 18 (Yonhap) -- Hybe Edu, an affiliate of K-pop powerhouse Hybe, plans to develop learning material for Korean classes at overseas elementary and middle schools, the company said Tuesday.

The company said it recently signed a business partnership with the International Korean Education Foundation to develop support material for Korean language classes at overseas schools.

The new learning material will be distributed at elementary and middle schools abroad through Seoul's education ministry starting early next year, according to Hybe Edu.

This image, provided by Hybe Edu, shows the company's logo. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

As of 2020, there were 1,700 schools in 39 countries that included Korean as part of their official foreign language education curriculum. The education ministry recently announced plans to increase this to some 2,000 schools in 45 countries by 2022.

Hybe Edu has introduced a series of Korean learning material for BTS fans, such as "Learn! Korean with BTS" for intermediate learners and "Learn! Korean with TinyTAN" for beginners.

"Learn! Korean with BTS" has been used in Korean classes at some overseas universities, such as the University of Sheffield in Britain and Middlebury College in the United States, according to Hybe Edu.

This image, provided by Hybe Edu, shows "Learn! Korean with TinyTAN," Korean-language learning materials involving BTS characters. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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