By Jung Min-ho
About 190 overseas Korean language teachers will visit Korea Friday at the invitation of the Overseas Koreans Foundation (OKF).
The foundation will host training sessions for 188 teachers from 59 countries at the Yonsei University International Campus in Songdo-dong, Incheon, from July 11 to 18.
Through various programs, the teachers will learn Korean language teaching methods, how to make the best use of newspapers in teaching and Korean tradition and culture.
At Friday's opening ceremony of the event at the Sheraton Incheon Hotel, former head of the Cultural Heritage Administration Yu Hong-jun will deliver a keynote speech entitled "The root of Korean culture and its identity."
Park Ki-tae, founder of Voluntary Agency Network of Korea; Seo Kyung-duk, a professor of Sungshin Women's University; and Choi Tae-sung, a renowned history teacher at the Educational Broadcasting System, will attend the ceremony.
The participants will have an opportunity to share their teaching experiences from different parts of the world with one another. They are also scheduled to visit places like Imjingak, Gyeongbokgung and traditional street markets during field trips.
Cho Kyu-hyung, president of the OKF said the event "will help Korean language education take root in many other countries."
Established in 1997, the OKF has been carrying out a variety of projects to enhance the relationship between Korea and overseas communities.