Moanalua Complex schools receive grant for K-12 Korean Language Learning Program from the Republic of Korea

20-Nov-2017

Moanalua High, Moanalua Middle, Moanalua Elem. and Salt Lake Elem. were presented a generous grant of $32,000 to help continue their innovative K-12 Korean Language Learning Program for the 2017-18 school year from the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Honolulu.

HONOLULU - Moanalua High, Moanalua Middle, Moanalua Elementary and Salt Lake Elementary were presented a grant of $32,000 to help continue their innovative K-12 Korean Language Learning Program for the 2017-18 school year from the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Honolulu.  This is the third year of funding from the ROK, which has now donated a total of $86,000 for the language program.

“[The Korean Language Learning Program] started with a vision for one or two classes and it has grown into a wonderful program that encompasses not only a full line of classes at the high school, but also classes at the middle school and two of our elementary schools,” said Moanalua High School Principal Robin Martin.  “We have many parents that request to have their children come out on geographic exceptions because of the Korean language program… and we couldn’t have done it without the Korean Consulate and without the community’s support.”

The funds are split equally among the four schools and pay for part-time teachers at the elementary and middle school levels, along with funding for project coordination at the high school level.  Lessons focus on vocabulary and syntax skills and also include cultural exchange activities, such as videoconferencing with schools in South Korea.  In 2018, students from Daegu High School will visit their Moanalua High counterparts and Moanalua High is planning to make a similar cultural exchange visit in the future.

“It’s important to have the chance to learn a foreign language when you are young,” said ROK Consul General Young Hoon Kang.  “It’s very important for the Moanalua schools complex to set up this kind of program from the elementary school level.”

“Globally, the world is becoming a smaller place and it’s beneficial for our youngsters to be exposed to another language or several languages,” said Salt Lake Elementary Principal Duwayne Abe.  “We really appreciate the funding that the Korean government has shared with us.”

For more information on the Korean Language Learning Program, please view this video at https://vimeo.com/242875520.

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