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Middlebury College Opened Korean Language Course “Learn! KOREAN with BTS” for the First Time in the U.S.

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Date 2020-12-08 Read 282
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Middlebury College Opened Korean Language Course “Learn! KOREAN with BTS” for the First Time in the U.S.
Middlebury College Opened Korean Language Course “Learn! KOREAN with BTS” for the First Time in the U.S.

Middlebury College opened a Korean language course using textbooks entitled “Learn! KOREAN with BTS” for the first time in the United States.

In cooperation with Big Hit Edu and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, the Korea Foundation has provided support to six universities in four countries to open Korean language courses using the “Learn! KOREAN with BTS” textbooks beginning from this fall semester. The courses are offered in a co-teaching format under the guidance of faculty members of overseas universities and of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea.

Under this format, first-year undergraduates of Middlebury College are learning Korean online from professors in Korea twice a week for three hours using the textbooks that feature content on K-pop band BTS. Currently, Thang Long University and the University of Languages and International Studies in Viet Nam, EDHEC Business School and École Normale Supérieure in France, and Ain Shams University in Egypt offer the “KF e-School BTS Korean Language Course.”

Unlike most universities, which offer the course in a video-on-demand format, Middlebury College offers the course live despite the 13-hour time difference between Korea and the United States.

According to Professor Kang Sahie of Middlebury College, 20 students – more than the usual maximum of 14 students for a foreign language course – are currently enrolled in the BTS Korean language course. The class attendance rate is at 100 percent, illustrating the students’ enthusiastic interest in the course.
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