The Korean Consulate in San Francisco wants to expand the number of Korean language programs in Bay Area schools, reports the Korea Times. But to do this, it needs to train more Korean teachers.

“There is a shortage of Korean-speaking public school teachers in California,” according to Shin Ok Kim, the consulate’s education director. To recruit and train more language instructors, the consulate is holding a conference on teacher training at the Northern California Korean Cultural Center in Sunnyvale on March 18.

Kim said that some 70 people have already signed up for the conference. Kim notes that the consulate has been working with public school districts in several Bay Area cities to increase the number of Korean-language programs.

Existing Korean-immersion programs include San Francisco’s Claire Lillienthal Elementary School, which offers a K-6 dual immersion curriculum in English and Korean.

Kim says such programs are ideal for students to gain proficiency in the language akin to native speakers.

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