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Korean language classes for multiethnic children

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has started offering extra Korean language classes tailored for children from multiethnic families at three elementary schools in ethnic enclaves in Seoul, the city government said yesterday.

Experts have raised concerns that children from multiethnic homes in which one of the parents doesn’t speak Korean fluently are at a disadvantage academically. Experts have found that the majority of children from multiethnic families lag behind in class because of poor Korean language skills.

To narrow the learning gap between native Korean and multiethnic students, Seoul city government yesterday started offering Korean language classes tailored for multiethnic children at Bogwang, Itaewon and Gunja elementary schools. The classes are conducted from 1 to 3 p.m. five days a week, Seoul city government officials said.

“The Korean language skills of children from multiethnic families are [often] poor and this sometimes makes it difficult for them to get along with their classmates,” said Oh Seung-hwan, director of the city government’s Foreign Residence Assistance Division. “We plan to offer the extra Korean language classes in 30 schools by 2014 to embrace the multiethnic population.”

The city government will also offer Korean language classes for multiethnic preschool children at Seongdong Global Migrant Center starting April 8. The classes will be conducted from Tuesday to Friday.

Also, Yeoungdeungpo Global Village Center will start a Korean language program for preschoolers on Friday.

By Kim Mi-ju [mijukim@joongang.co.kr]

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