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To: World Languages Program at Northern Illinois University

Korean Language Program for Northern Illinois University

Korean Language Program for Northern Illinois University

As a current Huskie student, I know that Northern Illinois University prides itself on representing diversity and inclusion within the school and the community. The world languages program already has a great number of foreign languages to choose from. However, Korean is one of the few languages not included. While I realize that implementing a new language program can be costly, the amount of prospective and current student interest in enrollment would certainly be a strong indicator of the department’s ability to generate funding. With that in mind, I have begun this petition to demonstrate the need for implementing a Korean language program at NIU.

Since NIU did not offer a Korean program, I sought out learning opportunities on other platforms. I had the good fortune to meet Dr. Son Youngji through the Wyzant online learning application. He has a Ph.D. in Language Education and has a bachelor’s degree in Korean Language and Literature. He has over ten years of adult teaching experience. He has previously been a university instructor of Korean in Ohio. I would humbly like to recommend him as viable instructor for our proposed program.

Why is this important?

K-pop and K-dramas have been trending on streaming services. Due to this and connection through the world-wide-web, millions of people around the world have become interested in learning more about Korean language and culture. Therefore, it would be in Northern Illinois University's interests to provide an outlet to encourage cultural and educational diversity. If you feel that the implementation of a Korean language program would benefit NIU students and the community, please take a moment and sign this petition.



2022-02-23 17:51:50 -0500

50 signatures reached

2022-02-21 12:49:32 -0500

25 signatures reached

2022-02-07 20:57:52 -0500

10 signatures reached