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The main focus of this Master’s project, Multicultural Training for Korean Teachers, is to generate recommendations for multicultural training for elementary and secondary school teachers in Korea. The background is in the current circumstance that Korea is being illuminated as a newly emerging multicultural society. The two factors illustrated as the primary reasons for this shift are the increase of foreign immigrant workers and internationally married couples centered in Korean rural areas. While these foreign populations contribute to the economic development of society in both rural and urban areas, the majority of Koreans view them in negative and prejudiced ways. The root cause is the deeply embedded value of pride in an unrealistic pure blooded homogeneous nation. In order to break this cycle and embrace the increasingly multicultural reality of Korea, teachers, who are responsible for the education and formation of youth, play a key role in re-defining national pride. For teachers living this Korean multicultural society, it is essential that they should have intercultural competence enabling to appreciate and embrace ethnic, cultural diversity growing in a community. This ability will enable them to practice cultural respect in the classroom and further become a potential force that can plant a healthy image of multicultural Korean society into all members’ heart. Keeping this in mind, this master’s project makes a recommendation for a multicultural training for Korean teachers. To do this, various methods designed to develop intercultural competence in the field of intercultural/multicultural training were explored and the training effects/outcomes expected from a certain training method were examined as well. Based on Brislin and Yoshida’s intercultural training model that consists of four stages of awareness, knowledge, emotional challenges, and behavioral skills, particular elements of training (training methods and techniques) were put together and modified to suit to Korean teacher trainees’ needs and desires.