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Korean Language To Be Part Of High School Curriculum In The Philippines

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Say “annyeonghaseyo” to Korean language, Filipino high school students!

The influence of South Korean culture is undeniably present in the Philippines. From Korean dramas, K-Pop and food, the Southeast Asian country has seen the effects of Korean wave in its land. And now, it is set to expand its knowledge of the Land of the Morning Calm as Korean language makes its way to public high school’s curriculum, according to the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines.

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines and the Department of Education (DepEd) signed an agreement on June 21, 2017 that will allow DepEd to teach the Korean language in public high schools through the Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL).

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones and Korean Ambassador Kim Jae Shin led the memorandum of agreement (MOU) signing together, with DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Dina Ocampo, and Korean Embassy First Secretary and Korean Cultural Center Director Lee Jincheol.

Under the MOU, the DepEd will introduce Korean language as a second foreign language, and as an elective through a pilot program, which will be conducted starting this year in selected 10 high schools in Metro Manila.

“We are very happy that finally we are having this signing of the MOA. This is not a beginning. This is a continuation of very long years of fruitful relationship, including the field of education, between Korea and the Republic of the Philippines.” Briones said.

The Korean Embassy, through this program, hopes to strengthen the implementation of the Korean language in order to better respond to opportunities for local and international employment, and to facilitate studies in Korea for selected Filipino students.

Ambassador Kim emphasized the importance of cultural and educational cooperation in strengthening bilateral relationship between the two countries. “I’m very happy that Korean language is added as one of the second foreign languages. Language is very important, so teaching and studying [foreign languages] in schools is very helpful to deepen the bilateral understanding between two nations,” said Ambassador Kim.

SPFL helps learners develop skills in listening, reading, writing, speaking, and viewing which are fundamental in acquiring communicative competence in a second foreign language.

In 2009, DepEd implemented the SPFL to prepare the graduates in a linguistically and culturally diverse global workspace. Among the languages currently offered in the program are Spanish, Japanese (Nihongo), French, German, and Chinese (Mandarin).

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