NAKS-SEKSA held the 26th annual Korean Teachers Workshop on Saturday, April 7th at a Korean Church, in Duluth.
The demand for Korean language education has been increasing globally. Living up to the trend, 250 Korean language teachers from 32 different Korean schools in the South East region pulled together to keep pace with the current stream of Korean language fervor.
The workshop for the Korean teachers in the SE, which was hosted by NAKS-SEKSA, encouraged the Korean teachers to reflect on their current Korean teaching skills and further develop methods on teaching the language to younger children.
15 teachers, with five years of service at Korean schools in the SE, were recognized for their diligence and commitment. The Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta commended their assiduous service in lieu of the Korean government.
“Language is the basis of cultural establishment. Therefore, teachers at Korean schools who teach the Korean language, in both spoken and written forms, play a vital role in propagating our mother tongue in the States,” said Young-jun Kim, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta. “We extol them for their commitment, giving them a big pat on the back. They deserve it and are credited with spreading Korean values here in the States. As we believe the time-honored Korean beauty could be the most popular globally, we will support Korean schools and events so that young adults who are of Korean descent grow into global leaders with ethnic identity.”
Encouraged with the honor, all awardees are poised to continue to commit themselves to nurturing and educating young Korean Americans in the U.S.A.
“What makes me feel rewarded is that my students who have been in my class from the intermediate level, have come to be able to discuss Korean issues and speak what they think in Korean,” Yun Hee Lee, awardee for a five-year-long teaching service at the Somang Korean School, in Suwanee. “Teaching them culture and history, as well as the Korean language, that’s my goal to work towards now.”
The importance of Korean language education for young students cannot be stressed enough. Hereupon, language teaching tools should keep up with the advancements in technology along with the Korean pedagogy boosted up. NAKS-SEKSA touched on an assortment of multimedia and video materials to use in the Korean class.
“Without reforming and upgrading how to teach, we would not meet the young parents’ expectations. Technology is the key to underpinning Korean language and cultural education for our young technology generations,” said Sunu Inho, President of NAKS-SEKSA. “I hope that the workshop will help them garner practical information in regards to how to teach Korean in their own classes. We hope this event, for its own sake, would be a literal go-to for all Korean teachers to know the drill in Korean education.”
Meanwhile, the attendees thronged to the audience room to listen to speeches of guest speakers who are in different professions. They imparted practical information to the Korean educators. They all agreed that the era of Korean proficiency as a weighty competence in the society has come and they back up Korean Americans’ future hope.
250 Korean language teachers from 32 different Korean schools in the South East region pulled together to keep pace with the current stream of Korean language fervor.
15 teachers, with five years of service at Korean schools in the SE, were recognized for their diligence and commitment.
Sunu Inho, President of NAKS-SEKS, encourages the Korean teachers with heartfelt remarks.
Young-jun Kim, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta, speaks about the importance of Korean language education for young students.