Cal State L.A. will become the first university in the nation to offer a Korean-language teaching certificate, according to college officials. The El Sereno school will create three Korean language programs, offer a major and minor in Korean and eventually a Korean language teaching certificate for high school teachers by 2016 as part of a $769,000 grant from a group affiliated with the South Korean government, according to a university press release. Why expand the Korean language program? Namhee Lee, an assistant professor and the college’s point person on the Korean language project, explains in a statement:
Research conducted by the Modern Language Association in 2010 showed that Korean is the second fastest growing, and among the most popular, foreign languages to study in the U.S. The interest to earn a degree in the subject continues to grow, and this growth can be contributed to the expanding cultural, economic and industrial roles that Korea plays in the world today.
Officials from Cal State L.A. and Center for Korean American and Korean Studies signed a formal agreement on Thursday.