Newsletter No. 55 (January 2010)

Conference Report: UNSW National Strategic Conference 2009: Korean Language and Studies Education in Australia

Jung-Sim Kim

Korean Studies Librarian
Monash University


The Korea-Australasia Research Centre (KAREC) organised the UNSW National Strategic Conference 2009: “Korean language and studies education in Australia”. The conference was held at the University of New South Wales at the 19-21 November 2009 to provide a forum to discuss positive future directions for Korean language and studies education in Australia. The participants were teachers and academics of Korean language and studies as well as from the Australian government and the wider communities.

"Round Table Discussion Part 1: Academics in the Field of Korean and Asian Studies" (Photo: Jung Sim Kim)

The major themes of the conference on the 19th of November were the current situation, issues and challenges of and strategies for Australia’s Korean language and studies education. The round-table discussion on the 20th of November focused on the coverage of Korea in high school non-language subjects. Participants were Korean Studies academics and high school teachers of society and environment, English and arts. The Korean Language Pedagogy workshop on the 21st of November included lectures and hands-on practice of assessment, classroom interaction and its implications for language learning, as well as teaching grammar and vocabulary. For those interested in the detailed program, please see http://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/media/File/Final131109_2.pdf

I was invited to present at part 3 of the round-table discussion on 20 November 2009. My presentation focused on online materials about Korea for which I normally provide face-to-face user education at the Monash University Library. As an example, I used Korea’s official English website Korea.net – gateway to Korea (http://www.korea.net), which operated by the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOIS). This site has several interface languages including Korean, English, French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese.

The Author’s presentation on "Online Resources on Korea" (Photo: Jung Sim Kim)

I also provided information on Korean language Websites such as

The discussion gave me a better understanding of potential users of Korean studies materials and more advice on how to support those researchers in Australia. I wish to express my appreciation to the organisers for inviting me for presentation.



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