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Seeking Ways to Upgrade Korean Language Education in Russia  The 4th All-Russian Seminar Shares Teaching Expertise and Experience  The fourth All-Russian Academic and Research Seminar was held at Irkutsk State Linguistic University on May 18-19, on the theme of “Korean Language Research in Russia: Problems of Philology, Methods of Teaching, Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Translation.” The seminar, held with support from the Korea Foundation, served as an ideal opportunity for local Korean language instructors to share their experiences and exchange ideas on teaching Korean in Russia.



In 1996, five years after Korea and Russia established diplomatic relations, Irkutsk State Linguistic University opened its Korean Studies program, the first of its kind in Russia. The fourth All-Russian Academic and Research Seminar commemorated the 15th anniversary of the Korean Studies Program at Irkutsk. Currently, a total of 56 students are majoring in Korean language and Korea-English translation at the university. Another 25 students are studying Korean as a second foreign language.

Practical Discussion on Korean Language Education

The two-day seminar was attended by 25 Korean language educators from 17 universities and research institutions in Russia and Armenia. Notable participants included Irina L. Kasatkina and Vladimir V. Verkholyak, the authors of textbooks that are widely used for Korean language instruction at Russian educational institutions.
The seminar opened with a plenary session that featured congratulatory remarks by Grigory D. Voskoboinik, rector of Irkutsk State Linguistic University (ISLU), Choi Suk-inn, Korean consul general in Irkutsk, and Lim Cheol-woo, director of the Korea Foundation Moscow Office. They offered their encouragement to the participants for a productive gathering and informative discussion of relevant matters.

Seeking Ways to Upgrade Korean Language Education in Russia


Presentations by various participants followed, calling attention to a variety of aspects and methods related to the teaching of Korean to Russian students. The papers and discussions focused mainly on the methods that have been most effective for Korean language instruction, in particular regard to lessons on the grammar and vocabulary of Korean. Numerous problems were raised due to the diverse circumstances of teaching Korean to students in various regions across Russia’s vast territory.

The first day’s activities ended with a dinner where ISLU Rector Voskoboinik expressed his sincere gratitude to the local Korean consulate general and the Korea Foundation for their support for the seminar as well as their program assistance to the instructors and students at the ISLU Korean Language Department over the years. The dinner provided an opportunity for the participants from different regions around the Russian Federation, to socialize amidst an informal atmosphere.

On the second day, the participants debated the Charter of the Organization of Korean Teachers of Russian Universities. Korea Foundation Moscow Office Director Lim Cheol-woo described proposed revisions to the charter and asked for feedback from the participants. The ensuing discussion focused mainly on whether any change was desirable for the appointment procedures for the organization’s chairperson. As everyone expressed satisfaction with the existing provisions, Professor Vera V. Anikina of Irkutsk State Linguistic University was appointed the new chairperson of the organization for a term of two years.

Travel to Lake Baikal

With all the sessions completed, the participants enjoyed a sightseeing tour to Lake Baikal, which is famous for being the world’s oldest and deepest lake. From Listvyanka Village, situated on the Baikal shore they watched the beautiful scenery of the Eastern Sayan Mountains in brilliant sunlight and heard the history of Baikal, its flora and fauna, and legendary tales. At the Baikal Museum, in Listvyanka, they had an opportunity to see the Baikal seal, also known as nerpa, a unique species of freshwater seal that is found only in Lake Baikal.


Seeking Ways to Upgrade Korean Language Education in Russia


Irkutsk State Linguistic University was most pleased to host such a meaningful seminar. It assured all concerned individuals and institutions of the growing importance of Korean language education in different regions throughout Russia, from Moscow to Vladivostok. Furthermore, the participants renewed their resolve to contribute to the continued development of Korean Studies through cooperation among universities and educators around the country.

The participants represented Moscow State University, Moscow State University of International Relations, Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow), Russian State Social University (Moscow), Russian State Vocational Teachers Training University (Saint Petersburg), Saint Petersburg State University, Kazan State University, Yerevan State University, Tomsk Polytechnic University, Novosibirsk State University, Far Eastern Sate University of Humanities (Khabarovsk), Far Eastern Federal University (Vladivostok), North-Eastern Federal University (Yakutsk), Khabarovsk Border Security Institute, Buryat State University (Ulan-Ude), Irkutsk State University, and Irkutsk State Linguistic University.

Marina Baginskaya, Full-time Lecturer Irkutsk State Linguistic University

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