When Chinese character was passed down in Korea, Chinese character has encroached on our national literacy life, also, literature, history and philosophy have been created and distributed by being centered with Chinese character or Chinese. However, while going through Gabogyeongjang, each fate of Chinese character and Korean character has reversed, so that the pivot of literacy life has changed to Korean alphabet centered.
Later on, in the repeatedly changing language policy, Korean language class was created, which includes Korean alphabet and Chinese character, so that Chinese character and Chinese in Korean language subject has barely maintained viability and could keep itself in existence, though they have been weakened than former period. From the 3rd Curriculum, where Chinese character became the formal subject, it became an independent subject from Korean subject, from then on Chinese character subject and Korean language subject have been separated into two subjects which have different goals.
However, though Chinese character subject and Korean language subject have different identity, they still have complementary role when looking into their subject content.
When considering the content area of Chinese character and curriculum, Korean language subject has a close relation with Chinese character subject in the aspect of reading, grammar, and literature, which can form mutual background knowledge or schema in studying each subject. When seeing the textbooks which express the curriculum or evaluation questions, it appears more definitely. In the textbook of Korean language subject, explanation of Chinese character, explanation of phrases, Chinese character writing for difficult vocabulary, etc. can be said to be the complementarity with Chinese character subject. Also, Chinese reading ability, which is the core ability of Chinese character subject, cannot be performed without utilizing Korean grammar knowledge.
This way, Chinese character subject and Korean language subject definitely can be recognized that they have a strong complementarity between them. The research on complementarity between Chinese character subject and Korean language subject, as this, can be the foundation of coexistence and development of the two subjects, and will prepare an opportunity of establishment of identity from the position of Chinese character subject.