International Korean Educators Network (IKEN) is now welcoming students online.
IKEN has completed its development of four different levels of online Korean classes and now ready to admit students, reported February 18.
Having been developing online Korean courses since 2014, IKEN has been running model programs after the approval by University of California in 2015 for its educational programs that can be used toward college admission.
Furthermore, the California Department of Education approved IKEN’s online education program as a regular school program, so that the courses can be used for academic credits by schools, educational organizations, or individuals, further expanding the dissemination of Korean language.
“Online Korean language course is the first step for the globalization of Korean language,” said co-founder Kim Sung-soon. “There are only about 50 high schools providing Korean language courses. As online courses can be taken regardless of location or time, it is expected to expand the education of Korean language.”
According to IKEN, Korean Education Center Online School (KECOS)’s levels one and two are designed for non-Korean students, while levels three and four are for both Korean and non-Korean students. Its programs are divided into four categories – reading, writing, speaking, and listening – and each chapter includes video lessons, practice quizzes, and a test. There are also online instructors to promote efficient studying experience.
Meanwhile, IKEN supports NEWL Korean language test which can replace AP Korean subject test. Provided by ACIE, NEWL is now approved by College Board for additional points on college admission.
In order to apply for the upcoming NEWL Korean language test in April, applicants must have taken level four Korean language course in high school or online, or at least two years of other levels.
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Original article by Jang Yeon-hwa
Translated by Heewon Kim