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Korean Language Education in Europe

Second EAKLE Workshop Held at Ankara University
M. Ertan Gokmen
Chair, Department of Korean Language and Literature,
Ankara University
Under the sponsorship of the Korea Foundation, Ankara University and the SOAS of the University of London co-hosted the second workshop of the European Association for Korean Language Education in Europe (EAKLE) at the Çolakli Conference Center, in Antalya, Turkey (June 11-13). The workshop included the participation of some 49 Korean language scholars and educators from 33 universities in 17 European countries.

The Workshop for Korean Language Educators in Europe got underway on June 12 with the registration of participants. Chaired by SOAS Professor Yeon Jae-hoon, the opening ceremony featured remarks by Romuald Huszcza, Professor of Warsaw University and President of EAKLE; Martine Prost, Professor of University of Paris VII and Vice President of EAKLE; M. Ertan Gokmen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Korean Language and Literature, Ankara University; Min Young-joon, Director, Berlin Office, Korea Foundation; and Choi Hyeon-seon, Assistant Director, Korean Language Department, Korea Foundation.

Korean Language Education in Europe
At the first discussion session, Professor Yeon Jae-hoon presented an overview of key issues of Korean language education at European universities. Thereafter, Professor Kwon Yong-hae, of La Rochelle University, discussed teaching methods for utilizing Internet resources in actual classroom instruction of the Korean language, and introduced various materials that could be used for classroom instruction of the Korean language, including information on websites developed for foreign learners of Korean and online multimedia materials. Professor Prost dealt with the role of language acquisition in Korean language education, and carefully examined the differences between jom and jogeum in vocabulary acquisition, through example sentences.
The afternoon session featured the status of Korean language education in Turkey. For this, Ankara University Professor Yesim Ferendeci and Erciyes University Professor Goksel Turkozu introduced the background and current status of Korean language education at universities in Turkey, and identified various tasks and issues that need to be addressed for the continued development of Korean Studies. The first day of the workshop was wound up with a dinner hosted by the Korea Foundation.

Enhancement of Korean Language Instruction
The second day began with a presentation by SOAS Professor Lucien Brown who discussed the direction of Korean language education from an approach of pragmatics, the study of the use of language in consideration of contextual elements and the social and cultural context of language. University of Paris VII Professor Han Yu-mi presented a paper on a study of integrated education, of Korean language and culture for French students, with a focus on education through Korean animated films. This was followed by Yerevan State Linguistic University Professor Jeon Mun-I, who addressed effective ways to utilize Korean TV dramas in Korean language education at overseas universities. University of Rouen Professor Moon Kyu-young also presented a paper on overseas education of Korean language and culture with a focus on the experiences at her university. She explained about the development of Korean language education through the three stages of “Koreanization”: discovery of, understanding of, and assimilation to Korean culture. The next paper presenter was Sofia University Professor Yanitsa Ivanova who discussed Korean language and the tourism industry.
The afternoon session featured three paper presenters: Erciyes University Professor Yu Hongju, on ways to improve Turkish students’ ability to understand hanja or Chinese characters; University of Helsinki Professor Kim Jeong-yeong, about the distinctive features of Korean stops; and UAM Ponzan Professor Emilia Wojtasik about typical learning mistakes of Polish students of Korean. Thereafter, a general discussion session was held on EAKLE’s collaborative projects. In particular, the participants discussed Korean language class activities and the EAKLE web site. In addition, a notable proposal sought to utilize the Socrates/ Erasmus program of the European Union. Under the Socrates/Erasmus Program, European universities strive to boost cultural relations among EU member countries through exchange activities. With a goal of making a new leap forward and upgrading the quality of education, the program facilitates multilateral cooperation and exchange to enhance foreign language ability, promote understanding of different cultures, and utilize information and communications technology.

EAKLE Web Site
There was also an introduction and discussion of the resources of the EAKLE web site, which has been in operation since October 2007. This included plans to re-launch an expanded web site, which currently provides information on EAKLE, European universities offering Korean language courses, the Workshop for Korean Language Educators in Europe, and instructional materials. In accordance with these plans, the participants decided to categorize teaching materials by learning level, provide access to papers presented at the workshop, and compile a mailing list to encourage active exchange of information among members via the EAKLE web site. In addition, the participants discussed the linking of Korean education-related web sites and the utilization of an Internet forum.

EAKLE Initiatives
1 The participants agreed to upload teaching plans and classroom materials to the EAKLE web site to provide easy access to and sharing of this content.
2 It was also decided that teaching plans would be compiled so that a textbook could be published for students in Europe. A basic explanation will be offered in Korean so that the materials can be used in all countries.
3 It was proposed that a group of officers be created to encourage individual members to more actively participate in EAKLE endeavors. In particular, there was a need to find ways to actively apply the ideas discussed at the workshop.
4 It was suggested that we actively seek support not only from the Korea Foundation but also from the Socrates/Erasmus program, in order to address the particular circumstances of the European region.
5 Discussion was undertaken to decide on the date and venue of the next workshop session. It was decided that the workshop would be held every other year. A suggested time for the workshop included the Easter holidays in April, along with a proposal to have the next workshop held in Ukraine. It was agreed that these matters will be finalized in the near future.

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