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CNU’s Language Education Center Continues CLS Program for 10 Consecutive Years under Contract with U.S. State Department

작성자대외협력실 작성일2024.07.10 16:17 조회158

CNU's Language Education Center will continue operating the CLS (Critical Language Scholarship) Program for Korean language education, which is commissioned by the U.S. Department of State. The LEC has been operating the CLS program for 10 consecutive years since 2015.

For the CLS Program, the U.S. government selects 13 languages to pay attention to, chooses scholarship recipients from among U.S. college undergraduate and graduate students in various majors, and implements language education in the form of short-term intensive courses in the corresponding country of each language. 

Since being designated as a CLS Korean education institution in 2015 and receiving a visit from a U.S. State Department program officer in 2017, CNU has earned strong trust in educational operations. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Language Education Center successfully led the program through online classes, ensuring its continuation into 2024.

This year, 25 CLS Korean scholarship students selected from across the U.S. are participating in the program from June 19 and will receive approximately 100 hours of Korean language education over about eight weeks until August 13. Additionally, they will participate in a wide range of cultural activities such as calligraphy, taekwondo, and outdoor experiences in Gwangju and beyond to deepen their understanding of Korean culture.

In addition, the program operates a One-to-One Study Assistant Program to connect CNU students with American students, enhancing the effectiveness of Korean language education. It is expected to help them grow as global leaders, broadening the scope of mutual exchange and enhancing the understanding and respect of multiculturalism among Korean study partners.  

Furthermore, this year, the program provides American students with an opportunity to experience Korean culture in depth by conducting a Home Visit program to experience Korean families.

Director Jo Kyeong-sun of the Language Education Center stated, "Being selected as a CLS program educational institution by the U.S. State Department for 10 consecutive years acknowledges CNU's capability in Korean language education on the international stage. We will actively pursue collaborations with domestic and international institutions and universities in the future."