Yonsei, Prototype of Korean Language Instruction
The Korean Language Institute (KLI) of Yonsei University is a prototype of its kind, having produced thousands of graduates who now teach Korean at colleges around the world, work at overseas branches of Korean companies, remained in Korea to further their studies or work as high-profile executives in the finance and business sectors.
"We are proud that our institute is the oldest and largest Korean language center in the nation. We teach not only the language but also the culture and the history of this country to our students,'' says Cho Hang-rok, the center's assistant director.
KLI is among the language institutes affiliated with Yonsei, a higher learning institution founded by American missionaries which has been at the vanguard of western education for over a century.
The language institute opened on April 1, 1959 as the first to provide an intensive Korean language course with seven instructors and 24 students. Today, it employs 90 instructors and approximately a thousand students take various courses at the institute every year.
A total of 37,573 people from 103 countries have attended one or more courses at the institute over the past 40 years and 2,311 of them have received graduation certificates.
While diplomats and U.S. Armed Forces personnel …
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Publication information: Article title: Yonsei, Prototype of Korean Language Instruction. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Korea Times (Seoul, Korea). Publication date: January 21, 2000. Page number: Not available. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2000 Gale Group.
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