Nov. 17 (UPI) — Vietnam’s ministry of training mentioned it’s transferring towards making Korean language a “first international language” that may be taught at elementary colleges within the nation.

Vietnam’s nationwide international language committee mentioned Tuesday at a South Korea-Vietnam workshop at Hanoi College officers are exploring methods to combine Korean language studying for college students in Vietnam. Korean is prone to be chosen subsequent yr, South Korean information company Yonhap reported.

First international languages in Vietnam are languages aside from English which can be taught in elementary colleges. In 2016, the federal government determined to incorporate Russian, Chinese language and Japanese within the curriculum, based on VN Categorical. Korean might come subsequent, Yonhap reported.

Korean has been taught in Vietnam as a “second international language” since 2016, when programs in Korean started to be out there on the center and highschool ranges on a trial foundation. Vietnam’s plan is to show the language at an earlier stage of a kid’s training.

The Korean-language pilot program has been applied nationwide at six colleges. Greater than 1,500 center faculty and highschool college students in Vietnam are studying Korean, based on Hanoi.

South Korea’s Tradition, Sports activities and Tourism Minister Park Yang-woo mentioned on the workshop that the developments are a sign of progress.

“I sit up for the adoption of Korean as an everyday second-language topic in Vietnam as quickly as potential,” Park mentioned.

South Korean ambassador to Vietnam Park Noh-wan mentioned on the occasion that he additionally “appears ahead” to the full-scale adoption of Korean as a second international language at extra colleges within the nation.

In line with the Korean Analysis Affiliation in Vietnam, Korean is taught at 32 Vietnamese universities. Greater than 16,000 Vietnamese college college students are taking a Korean-language course, the group mentioned.

South Korean popular culture has a big following in Vietnam, and Seoul has leveraged Ok-pop to broaden Korean-language training.

The Chosun Ilbo reported in August that Ok-pop group BTS’s company, Massive Hit Leisure, partnered with the Korean authorities to provide a distant Korean language-learning course.

This system was made out there at Vietnamese universities and in different nations, based on experiences.