Impeached President Park Geun-hye’s surname is “Park,” right? Nope. In Korean it’s closer to “Bahk.” Park’s allegedly corrupt confidante, Choi Soon-sil, pronounces her name more like “Chwey” than the way it’s rendered in English. And Samsung’s ailing chairman, Lee Kun-hee? That English “Lee” is more like “Yi” or “Ii” in Korean. There is a gulf,.. read more →

Prop 58 now allows non-English languages to be used in public education instruction. English-learners can be taught by teachers who speak their native language to help them become proficient in English. The new law gives local school districts the option of working with parents and communities to create programs that best fit students. Parents can then decide what.. read more →

The students gathered around the tables at Cahuenga Elementary School in Koreatown and exchanged descriptions of their mothers in Korean. She works hard, one student offered: yeol shim hee. She is funny: woo kin dah. The teacher walked around offering help as they began to compose essays. In the Korean portion of this dual-language class,.. read more →

The idea behind Seniors and Youth – SAY – started with a social mission to empower retired Korean senior citizens. When 2014 College graduate Quan Nguyen heard about the startup, he leaped at the opportunity to join his friend and founder of the company, Yongmin Cho. SAY is a cross-cultural and cross-generational online Korean language service program that.. read more →

English as second official language in Korea (Opinion) There are 67 sovereign states which recognize English as their official language. Among the 67 states, 36 countries use English as the only official language, while 31 countries recognize English as one of the official languages. My proposal is not to replace Korean as an official language but.. read more →

05 Dec 2013
December 5, 2013

Two and a half languages

On Monday, Paul Phillips wrote an article for The Daily Princetonian on discrepancies in proficiency for students in introductory language classes at Princeton. Faculty in various language departments generally viewed such discrepancies as largely inconsequential in regard to issues of fairness in grading and course rigor. I have yet to take a foreign language course here.. read more →

10 Oct 2013
October 10, 2013

Boren Fellowship – Graduate Program

Boren Fellowships provide U.S. graduate students the opportunity to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in.. read more →

A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply.. read more →

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Critical needs languages include: Arabic (all dialects), Chinese (all dialects),.. read more →

10 Oct 2013
October 10, 2013

Boren Scholarship – Undergraduate Program

Boren Scholarships provide American undergraduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government. Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study.. read more →