Program Focus


1.  Supporting, Promoting, and Expanding KDLP

Korean Culture Activity Support

▶ IKEN collaborates Korean Cultural Center and Beyond the Bell of LAUSD to support Taekwondo program and Korean traditional music and dance program in KDLP schools.
KDLP Expansion Support

▶ Los Angeles area: Ambassador Global Academy (Korean Foreign Lang)-2010

▶ Los Angeles area: Global Education (Korean Foreign Language K-5) – 2010

▶ Orange County area: Pacific Rim Academy Korean Dual Language program (Tustin, CA) – 2013

▶ San Diego area: Barnard Elementary School (Korean Dual Language Program K-5) – 2013

▶ San Bernadino County, California– 2013

▶ Minnesota State: Sejong Academy Korean Dual Language Program 2013

▶ Virginia State: Fairfax County Korean Dual Language program 2013

2.  Training of KDLP educator, educational excange between the educators, advocacy for the program educators

3.  Developing network of all Korean educators

4.  Developing IKEN Korean Online contents and IKEN Digital books (D-books) and expanding its usage.

5.  Supporting AP Korean

AP KOREAN Support – Parent Network

▶ Conduct seminars for KDLP parents to build understanding of Korean language education: its myths and the facts.

▶ Recount the lives of successful bilingual Korean American as role models.

▶ Emphasize Korean language education is the first step to finding one’s own identity.

▶ Promote the discussion on Korean language and its PR.

▶ When Korean students start Korean language education at a young age, they can easily master 3 languages: Korean English, and one other foreign language. Campaign for tri-lingualism.

▶ Rather than reaching only conversational level in a foreign language, mastering native Korean language will be more advantages in the child’s future.

6.  Korean History, culture and identity education

7.  Establishing close connection with different organizations

Connecting with other organizations

▶ Joining forces with AP Korean Promotion Committee, Korean Foundation, Korea Academy for Educators (KAFE)

▶ Actively supporting Korean history and culture education to non-Korean teachers in US. When more teachers build understanding of Korea, it is easier to approach with the establishment idea of more Korean language classes in schools.

▶ Assist in lobbying policy makers to include Korean history and culture in the official educational framework. As Korea is including.