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"Great Opportunity to Learn Korean Language"
Special Lecture for Envoys Opens in Seongbuk-dong
The envoys participating in level test after opening ceremony.

Korean Language Lecture for families of foreign diplomats in Seongbuk opened on March 19, 2007 at the auditorium of Seongbuk 1-dong Resident Autonomy Center.

The opening ceremony, arranged by the Resident Autonomy Center, drew ten ward officials and five applicants and started with an opening speech of the Mayor Seo Chan-Gyo of Seongbuk-gu. After taking some refreshments and posing for photographers, the guests participated in an orientation and level test by an instructor.

The Korean Language Lecture will open every Monday from 7 to 9 p.m., from March 19 to the end of September at the Resident Autonomy Center office. Three ambassadors, two embassy officials, and five of their families from six countries such as Sweden, Poland, Algeria, Austria, Portugal, and Papua New Guinea participate in the six-month course. Additional applicants can join any time. Prof. Chang Mi-Kyung of the Institute of Foreign Language Studies of the Korean Language & Culture Center will be in charge of the class.

Among the participating envoys were Swedish Amb. Lars Varg, Polish Deputy Head of Mission Urszula Raznowiecka as well as Papua New Guinean Amb. Kuma Aua and family.

"This lecture will be a great opportunity for diplomats, who work in Korea, to experience Korean language as well as Korean culture, we will also provide them with additional programs including field trips," said a staff member of the Resident Autonomy Center.

It's the first time for a Korean language course especially for foreign diplomats and their families to open in Seongbuk-gu, where 24 Ambassador's residences are located. Reason for the new opening, were numerous requests by envoys.

Seongbuk 1-dong Resident Autonomy Center is providing Korean Language Lecture for foreign workers every Thursday at 7 to 10 p.m., since July 2006.

For details or inquiries please contact the Autonomy Operation Team of Autonomy Petition Division of Seongbuk-gu Office at 920-3129.






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