Multilingual Communication

Republic of Korea
Ministry of Gender Equality and Family
Key objectives of the measure:

Bilingual Environment for Multicultural Families

▪The project is to help multicultural youths acquire bilingual capacity and facilitate communication within a multicultural family. It is also to assist children of multicultural families in growing into global talents equipped with language competence.  

Scope of the measure:
Local, National
Nature of the measure:
Main feature of the measure:

▪ First, this project provides children of multicultural families with bilingual programs, as well as gaming programs and educational materials using children’s songs and fairytales. Second, it offers education for parents to help them communicate with their children, thereby helping their children become bilingual. It particularly enhances the role of parents in the communication between family members. Third, it assists in establishing networks among multicultural parents such as the meetings of parents to share knowledge and information.  

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

Children of multicultural families raised by parents who lack proficiency in Korean experience difficulties communicating with their parents. In most cases, parents are more likely to not teach their children their native language because of concerns that their children will not properly develop Korean language skills. The project is primarily to change the mindset of parents and assist them in communicating with each other. In this family environment, children will be able to respect the culture and language of their immigrant parents, improve their bilingual abilities and grow into multilingual, global talents

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

1,557,744 dollar

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

This project was evaluated based on the results of the education program and the satisfaction level obtained by a survey distributed following the program. The outcome of the assessments showed that the participants came to have a positive perspective and attitude toward multilingualism after their participation in the program. This confirmed the effectiveness of the project in creating a bilingual environment for multicultural families. Also noteworthy is that the multicultural families who did not take part in the program also had a positive perception and attitude toward bilingualism. Moreover, the participants expressed considerable satisfaction with the project, especially with its educational content. 

Indicators used to determine impact:
Assessment of the effects of the bilingualism program before and after its operation: participants’ attitude toward bilingualism, their bilingual competence and the efficacy of bilingual parenting. ▪Survey on participants’ satisfaction: parents’ satisfaction, and participants’ satisfaction with gaming activities and with autonomous activities ▪ Patterns of participation in the programs and times of attendance
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