Good news for foreigners and multicultural families living in Seoul. The city government along with an education provider will be dispatching Korean language teachers to teach the language to foreign children and multicultural kids (one parent is Korean and the other is foreigner). Families will only have to pay 5,000 won (not clear on the article below if it’s monthly or not).
According to the new program, 200 foreign or multicultural families with children aged between three and 12 can get a home visit language lesson. The program will be expanded to 2,500 families by 2013.
“Teachers will visit the homes once a week and give a one-hour Korean language lesson to not only the children but also the parents if they wish,” city official Park Sang-tae said.
This is really not a new program in Seoul for multicultural families. I have friends whose children receive tutorials on Korean language for free. The Seoul Family Center also offered me a free tutorial on Korean language but I refused since I really don’t have much time.
There will be those who might think that the offer is discriminatory. The reality is that there are people who might benefit from this program. Glad that the government is offering it and at a low cost, too!