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On June 21, Wednesday, Education Secretary Leonor Briones signed a memorandum of agreement with Korean Ambassador Kim Jae Shin wherein the Korean language will be included in the Special Program in Foreign Languages (SPFL) of public High Schools in Metro Manila.

The Korean Language, together with 5 other foreign languages, will be introduced by the Department of Education through elective pilot program which will be conducted starting this year in select 10 High Schools in Metro Manila.

DepEd Signed a Memorandum to Include Korean Language in Public High School
Photo credit to Manila Bulletin
DepEd will soon identify these pilot schools. Korean language will also be identified as a second foreign language, as per the memorandum itself.

SPFL offers more choices of languages other than korean language.


Special Program in Foreign Languages aims to prepare the High School students to become globally competitive and diverse in terms of linguistic. High School students will be taught how to write, listen,  read, and speak which is essential in learning a foreign language, said DepEd.

The Korean Ambassador even said that it is “very helpful to deepen the bilateral understanding between nations or cultures.” He also believes that it will also provide more opportunities for local and international employment, so are educational grants in Korea for select students.

Moreover according to the Department of Education, it is actually not the beginning but a continuation of the fruitful long years of relationship and partnership of the two nations- Philippines and Korea.  The Department of Education also aims to maintain professional development of the teachers as they will eventually train the other teachers in Korean Language, and the languages involve in SPFL.

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The Special Program in Foreign Languages is being offered to Senior High School from Grade 7 to Grade 12 who have showed capability of learning another foreign language and who have demonstrated competence on English based on the National Achievement  Test. SPFL will be a substitute to Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) or could be an additional subject.

As of February 2017, 10,500 students were listed under the SPFL program, with the majority of the students enrolled in Spanish class.  The SPFL program was initially implemented way back 2009 to prepare the graduates for communicative competence internationally.


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