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Foreign language needs in 2050

The Korea Herald – Robert J. Fouser

“…what is the most appropriate foreign language education policy for Korea in the 21st century? Which languages should be taught and why?…Predicting the future is always risky, but if current trends hold, the world will look different in 2030 and most certainly in 2050. Children born today will be in middle school in 2030 and in their prime working years in 2050. They need the chance to learn languages that will reflect the world they will live in. A 2015 study by PricewaterhouseCoopers shows that the center of economic activity will move to Asia, as has long been predicted. In 2030, China will have the largest GDP (at market exchange rates) in the world, overtaking the U.S. India will move into third place, pumping Japan down to fourth place. By 2050, the top three will remain the same, but India’s economy will be much larger…All of this means that, while English will remain the most important language for Koreans to learn, Chinese and Indonesian will grow in importance while Japanese will remain important, despite Japan’s relative decline.”(more)

Daejeon to cultivate global citizen with creativity

The Korea Times – Chung Hyun-chae

“Daejeon’s top educator says he will take the lead in fostering global citizens with creativity and innovative ideas. “It is necessary for students to have creative thinking to compete with talented people internationally in an increasingly globalized world,” Sul Dong-ho, superintendent of the Daejeon Metropolitan City Education Office, said. In a recent interview with The Korea Times, Sul disclosed his New Year policy goal of cultivating students into citizens of the world. He has vowed to make this goal one of his top priorities in 2015.”(more)

Genuine interest key to language learning

The Korea Times – Chung Hyun-chae

“Learning a foreign language is always challenging…However, the 11 panelists on popular TV entertainment program “Non Summit” on cable channel JTBC show that mastering a foreign language is quite attainable…the best way of mastering Korean is to have an affinity for Korea or Korean, which would naturally lead to a genuine interest in learning the language.” (more)

Curiosity key to learning mathematics

The Korea Times – Chung Hyun-chae

“Ingrid Daubechies, president of International Mathematical Union (IMU), said that natural curiosity and a need for intellectual stimulation will lead to the development of mathematics in Korea.” (more)

Time to revamp education system

The Korean Herald – Oh Kyu-wook

“The government is making a number of changes to the current education system in order to harness each person’s individual creativity and ideas, said Vice Education Minister Na Seung-il.” (more)