Korean spoken & taught here

Cal State L.A. will become the first university in the nation to offer a Korean-language teaching certificate, according to college officials.  The El Sereno school will create three Korean language programs, offer a major and minor in Korean and eventually a Korean language teaching certificate for high school teachers by 2016 as part of a $769,000 grant from a group affiliated with the South Korean government, according to a university press release. Why expand the Korean language program?  Namhee Lee, an assistant professor and the college’s point person on the Korean language project, explains in a statement:

Research conducted by the Modern Language Association in 2010 showed that Korean is the second fastest growing, and among the most popular, foreign languages to study in the U.S. The interest to earn a degree in the subject continues to grow, and this growth can be contributed to the expanding cultural, economic and industrial roles that Korea plays in the world today.

Officials from Cal State L.A. and Center for Korean American and Korean Studies signed a formal agreement on Thursday.


  1. Good Day Neighbors, here to share some details on this post. Over the last couple of years, service to the community has led to many great accomplishments and positive learning activities, as a Neighbor, as a Neighborhood Council Member, as a Family Member, and a Friend. Our LA-32 Neighborhood Council is composed of 4 distinct and official communities, recognized by the City Clerks Office in Downtown. (Hillside Village, El Sereno, Rose Hills, University Hills)
    When you refer to CSULA being in the community of El Sereno, I hear that and it sound just like, saying it is in Lincoln Heights. Many people are unaware of the distinction of the independent communities, and an even smaller amount of people study historical archives and are informed of true history of the North East area. El Sereno was annexed to the City of Los Angeles on June 10, 1915, that area of land was called ‘Bairdstown’, after the two Baird brothers. What is University Hills today, was part of that addition and marked “Grider Hamilton’s Floral Park” on the map, as I am viewing it, at this very moment. (Bureau of Engineering) Bairdstown covered 3/4 of the communities served by LA-32 Neighborhood Councial. Rose Hills was never within the boundaries of the Bairdstown Map. Rose Hills was already part of the Original Land Grant and did not need to be added in 1915. (Rose Hills – 1769 and earlier)
    This area of 90032 is now called University Hills, as properly displayed by City Signs along Valley Blvd. and also along Rancho de Castilla Street (Formally Rancho Rosa de Castilla) running directly thru the College Campus. The history of the entire area is noted in the name of the street, do some research.
    To the writer of this post, please be a little more detailed to the communities when speaking of either of the 4 communities in LA-32 Neighborhood Council. We take pride in serving all communities equally and not just one.

    Rose Hills Review,
    Anthony Manzano

  2. Wow, one small mistake precipitated a rebuke and a long-winded history lesson. I’d hate to hear how he answers when passersby ask him, “How’s it going?”

  3. Whatever – El Serenity is widely considered to have 2 definitions and the media tends to usually use the definition that 90032 = el sereno.

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