S-Space College of Education (사범대학) Foreign Language Education Research Institute (외국어교육연구소) 외국어교육연구 (Foreign Language Education Research) 외국어교육연구 (Foreign Language Education Research) vol.09 (2006)
Changes in the Status of the Second Foreign Language Education in Korea
- Kwon, Oryang
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- 서울대학교 외국어교육연구소
- 외국어교육연구, Vol.9, pp. 47-62
- Foreign language education in Korea has a long history. Since the introduction of Chinese characters in the 2nd century, many foreign languages have been taught in Korea. European languages were introduced in the late part of the 19th century, but the teaching of them experienced a setback during the Japanese colonial period. After liberation in 1945, English became the most important foreign language, while other foreign languages were called second foreign languages. German and French were the two most popular second foreign languages in the early years after liberation, but Japanese increased its weight as German and French gradually lost their appeal to high school students. Chinese is also steadily gaining in popularity. A corollary of this change was the governments retraining program to convert German and French language teachers to Japanese or Chinese language teachers. The present paper discusses these and other changes in the status of second foreign languages, and recommends that the government take some drastic measures to revive the balanced development of second foreign-language education.
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