Vietnam proposes students learn Korean at earlier stage of education

Nov. 17 (UPI) — Vietnam’s ministry of education said it is moving toward making Korean language a “first foreign language” that can be taught at elementary schools in the country.

Vietnam’s national foreign language committee said Tuesday at a South Korea-Vietnam workshop at Hanoi University officials are exploring ways to integrate Korean language learning for students in Vietnam. Korean is likely to be selected next year, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

First foreign languages in Vietnam are languages other than English that are taught in elementary schools. In 2016, the government decided to include Russian, Chinese and Japanese in the curriculum, according to VN Express. Korean could come next, Yonhap reported.

Korean has been taught in Vietnam as a “second foreign language” since 2016, when courses in Korean began to be available at the middle and high school levels on a trial basis. Vietnam’s plan is to teach the

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