Korean is one of the most recent languages to be added to the post-primary school curriculum in Ireland by the Department of Education and Skills, as a unit for Transition Year. This is being done in the context of one of the goals in Languages Connect Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education, which is to diversify and increase the uptake of languages learned.
4 schools in Dublin are piloting the Korean language unit for Transition Year (around 320 students) for the academic year 2018/19. Korean is the 17th most widely spoken language in the world with approximately 80 million native speakers. South Korea is a key partner for Ireland in Asia; in 2016, total Irish goods exports to South Korea reached €980m; an increase of some 70% on 2015. And total trade in goods and services between the two countries increased to €1.8bn in 2015. There are also over 200 Irish companies active in the South Korean market. The introduction of new trade languages in Irish schools is indicative of the identified need to diversify Ireland’s trading partners globally in the context of Brexit.
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