The certificate ceremony of completed Korean language classes at several schools in India was held recently for the first time since India gave Korean the status of a second foreign language in schools.
A total of 140 students from 10 schools completed the Korean language hobby class, which began in May 2020. At the virtual certificate ceremony, students presented their impressions of learning Korean and sang Arirang. The excitement and passion in Indian students for the Korean language was visible across the young faces.
Shin Bong-Kil, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India said, “The Indian government’s adoption of Korean as a second foreign language has paved the way for Korean language education in Indian schools, and we will make an effort to prepare Korean language curriculum and teaching materials for Indian schools to ensure a strong foundation for Korean language education in Indian schools. We will also do our best to ensure that the Korean language can be adopted in India’s CBSE Board Examination by 2023, when students who have learned Korean as a regular subject in 2020 will become ninth graders.
Partush Dhanetia (9th Standard, Apeejay School, Haryana), said, “The language of the country plays a big role in understanding a country’s culture. Through this Korean language class, I was able to learn not only Korean Language but also about Korean culture, such as Korean clothing, food, and living style like Ondol – the heated flooring system, and I am grateful to the school and the Korean Cultural Centre India for giving me this opportunity.”
In the meantime, the Korean Cultural Centre India has established sisterhood ties with 106 schools and has been making efforts to spread Korean language to Indian schools, starting with Korean language classes.
The classes at Indian schools were shifted to the online medium in April due to the corona situation. The seamless shift was possible thanks to the teacher’s efforts in preparing to switch to online classes which allowed the students to complete the course despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic.
Indian teacher Harsh Sharma, who taught the Korean language hobby class in Indian schools in 2020, said, “It was never easy to conduct online classes in real-time under difficult circumstances with corona, but after hearing how the students felt through the certificate ceremony, I found it to be more rewarding because it was a difficult course under difficult conditions such as the unstable Internet services.”