Pilot Project Marries Language with Technology

From left to right: Jun-oh Hyun, CEO of Visang Education, Curtis Wilson, Acting Chief of Wei Wai Kum First Nation, Steven Chung, Head of Business Development for Visang in the Kwanwatsi Big House.

Members of the Wei Wai Kum and We Wai Kai Band Councils met recently with representatives of a Korean technology company that will partner with the nations in an innovative language education project.

Visang Education specializes in classroom technology platforms, particularly for language instruction. The company has partnered with the Wei Wai Kum, We Wai Kai and Snuneymuxw (Nanaimo) First Nations to develop language courses that can be delivered by teachers who may not speak the language themselves.

Visang will digitize language content, digitally record culturally significant stories from Elders, and design classroom content and delivery methods. The project is supported with a grant from the Ministry of Canadian Heritage.

Visang CEO Jun-oh Hyun describes the project as the creation of “a one-stop solution for the preservation of language and culture.”