Vietnamese universities adopt smart Korean language learning platform 'Klass'

By Kim Joo-heon Posted : November 27, 2023, 17:07 Updated : April 21, 2024, 03:15
Courtesy of Visang Education
[Courtesy of Visang Education]
SEOUL -- "Klass," a digital Korean learning platform created by South Korea's education company Visang Education, was provided to about 20 Vietnamese higher education institutes that offer Korean language courses. The Southeast Asian country has at least 40 colleges and universities providing Korean language programs.

Demand for the Korean language is exceptionally high in Viet Nam. As of June 2023, the number of Vietnamese students enrolled at South Korea's public Korean language institute, "King Sejong," reached 18,000, the highest among 85 countries. South Korea's culture ministry operates a total of 248 King Sejong centers in 85 nations, with 23 of them located in Viet Nam.

Klass (Korean Language Smart Solution) incorporates artificial intelligence technology to help students improve their Korean language skills. Using a touch screen and a smartpad, anyone can take classes without a human instructor. The smart platform also offers quizzes and video recordings. 

Visang said in a statement that the company signed an agreement with two additional Vietnamese universities -- Binh Duong Economics and Technology University in Thu Dau Mot and Dong A University in Da Nang. "We have decided to launch the solution because there were not enough teachers and to provide a higher quality of education," Visang's spokesperson Park Man-seong told Aju Korea Daily on November 27.

While initially targeting college students in Viet Nam, Visang has expanded its scope to include Vietnamese middle and high school students, as well as workers, since September of this year.

According to data released by DuoLingo, a language learning app used by more than 50 million people each month, Korean ranked as the second fastest-growing language globally in 2020. It secured the seventh spot in terms of popularity among languages studied through the DuoLingo app. Korean garnered popularity among users from the United States, China, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

The adoption of education technology (edutech) is steadily gaining momentum in South Korea. In 2011, South Korea's education ministry embraced edutech by distributing tablet PCs to schools in remote rural areas. Some schools have incorporated digital textbooks for students, integrating augmented reality and virtual reality headsets into the learning experience. Data cited by domestic mobile carrier KT showed that the global edutech market which stood at $183 billion in 2019 is projected to reach $404 billion in 2025.
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