According to South Korea Economy, South Korean teachers who can speak Chinese are able to adapt Chinese students more quickly to South Korean society.
Daerim, Garibong in Seoul are the areas for Chinese immigrants, also known as “China Town”. Recently, Department of Education in Seoul has decided to provide Chinese learning courses to the Korean teaching staff near the “China Town” and to encourage all the Korean teachers to learn Chinese language.
In late July this year, Department of Education in Seoul will set 30-hour oral Chinese sessions oriented to 20 academic staff working in the elementary schools, junior and senior high schools. The sessions are mainly targeted to those who are employed at schools where Chinese students dominate or the academic exchange with China is frequent. In addition to the basic Chinese conversation, the sessions include the understanding of Chinese culture, life guidance for students from multicultural families and so forth.
It is reported that on account of the children from Chinese circle not capable of communicating proficiently in Korean or getting adapted to life in South Korea, Education Department of Seoul has made such decision, aiming to eliminate the language barrier with Chinese students and help them rapidly integrate to South Korean schools and social life.
The number of new Chinese students has increased sharply in several schools in the charge of South Education Supporting Department of Seoul. A multitude of Korean teachers have met the communication problems with Chinese students due to different language and culture. In reaction to the current situation, South Department of Education offered the relevant training sessions. With the ability to talk with Chinese students smoothly, Korean teaching staff can give better guidance to them.
Besides that, Education Department of Seoul plans to lay down the advanced Chinese sessions in two semesters. In the meantime, related department of South Korea is actively working on Korean language programs for Chinese immigrants and children from multicultural families.