Hangeul for the Mother-Tongue Education of Indigenous Languages

Hangeul for the Mother-Tongue Education of Indigenous Languages

Ho-Young Lee, Seoul National University

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

11371 Bunche Hall


Mother tongue-based education has rapidly become the norm in the world nowadays. Mother tongue-based multilingual education has been successfully carried out in many countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. And more and more indigenous peoples want to teach their mother tongues at school. But the problem is that most indigenous peoples have no writing system to write down their languages. The problem of the language barrier in education and language extinction cannot be solved unless international community makes collaborative efforts to help the indigenous peoples have their own writing systems and promote mother tongue-based education.

The Cia-Cia tribe in Indonesia adopted Hangeul and began to teach their language at school in 2009. And the Kwara’ae and Ghari tribes began to teach their languages with Hangeul at school in 2012. In this talk, we will talk about what happened in these indigenous communities and discuss future prospects of the use of Hangeul for mother tongue education of indigenous languages.

Ho-Young Lee is Professor of the Department of Linguistics at Seoul National University and Research Scholar of UCLA Center for Korean Studies in 2014. He is a phonetician interested in not only Korean and English pronunciation but also the pronunciation of the world’s languages. He’s been making great efforts to support mother-tongue education of indigenous languages since 2008.


Sponsor(s): Center for Korean Studies