Development of Korean Language Education in Western Australian Schools

Development of Korean Language Education in Western Australian Schools

Korean language will be introduced as an ATAR subject in the WA school curriculum from 2023 onwards. The key aim of this project is to support the development and expansion of primary and secondary school Korean language education in Western Australia. In addition to supporting the teaching of Korean to new cohorts of students in WA through assisting schools to gain external support and coordinating with qualified teachers of Korean, the project team will conduct interviews and policy research with key stakeholders in the state to scope out the key barriers and support needs for successful Korean language education programs.

Recognising the current shortage of Korean language learning opportunities in WA schools, the project will also provide free Korean language education and learning support through Curtin University’s Innovative Student Scholars Program (ISSP) to high school students who wish to study for a Korean ATAR but have no such option available in their own school. Subject to satisfactory completion of the program, select year 10, 11, and 12 students may also have the opportunity to engage in tertiary learning of Korean, while gaining Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) toward their future University degree after high school.

If you are interested in joining our classes or introducing Korean in your school, please contact the project lead Associate Professor Jo Elfving-Hwang (

Submit your EOI via this link by 6th February: Korean Languages and Culture program 2023 (

Project team:

Associate Professor Jo Elfving-Hwang (project director); Younghye Seo Whitney (co-investigator); Dr Nicola Fraschini (co-investigator); Prof Umberto Ansaldo (co-investigator); Korean language education lead (Ms Dasul Kim); Project Assistant (Sophia Ammali).

This project has been funded by the Australia-Korea Foundation grant number AKF00863.

See announcement of the grant here: Grants announced to strengthen North Asia relations | Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs (