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Gov’t announces Korean language promotion projects

The Korean government recently unveiled several projects to promote the Korean language by naming key facilities of Sejong Special Autonomous City with pure Korean words and supporting language education overseas.

On October 9, the government announced that pure Korean words will be used in naming key facilities of Sejong Special Autonomous City.

Sejong City is a special administrative district near the city of Daejeon in Chungcheongnam-do (South Chungcheong Province). Nine government ministries and four national agencies currently located in Seoul will start moving to the new city late next year.

The government will name key facilities of the city with pure Korean words for the first time, in order to follow the spirit of King Sejong the Great who created Hangeul, the Korean alphabet, Chairman of the Multifunctional Administrative City Construction Agency Choi Minho said on October 9.

Some examples of the new facility names the agency proposed include "Nuri-dong" for the government administrative district and "Seulgi-ro" as the name of a road. "Nuri" means world and "seulgi" means wisdom in Korean.

King Sejong Instutute in London, UK, (left) and in Abu Dhabi, UAE

* Gov't to promote Korean language education with 3 projects

Earlier, on October 6, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced a policy containing three projects intended to globalize the Korean language.

With the three projects, the ministry will build 60 more King Sejong Institutes by 2013 to improve accessibility for people overseas who are interested in learning the Korean language, upgrade the professional expertise of Korean language teachers, and introduce a standardized, systematic educational curriculum for the King Sejong Institutes.

The ministry will develop and introduce a standardized education curriculum, textbooks, and study materials for all King Sejong Institutes overseas. So far, these institutes have been using various textbooks under different education curriculums.

The ministry will also build an online digital database on the homepage of the King Sejong Institutes so that Korean language teachers overseas can have access to multimedia educational materials on the web.

By Yoon Sojung Staff Writer


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