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Korean Language and Culture Classes

 CLASS CANCELATION UPDATE:

Classes have been canceled for Tuesday, March 25 due to weather.

Students, please check your email for details.


With a focus on practical language skills and cultural context, the King Sejong Institute at the embassy’s Korean Cultural Center offers a range of classes that build skills in speaking, reading, listening, and writing Korean. All classes are of limited size and led by native Korean-speaking instructors with U.S. university teaching experience. Classes primarily teach language skills, while also introducing students to the traditional, modern, and social culture of Korea.


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2014 Schedule

Spring: Feb 3 - May 6

Summer: May 19 – Aug. 27 

Fall: Sept. 8 – Dec. 17


Exact start and end dates for each class may vary. A detailed schedule will be added to this website and sent to our mailing list before each session of classes.




Spring 2014 


Registration is now open for Spring 2014 classes listed below. All registration is first come first served by email request. To receive updates by email, join our language class mailing list at the link above.

Schedule

Spring 2014 classes are offered on Monday and Tuesday evenings. All classes meet once a week from 6:45 to 8:45 pm at the Korean Cultural Center. All classes meet a total of 12 times. See the full schedule below! 


Fees
Tuition for new students is $220 per 12-meeting course. Returning students receive a discount tuition rate of $200. Purchase of a textbook available from the Korean Cultural Center is also required for each class (details below). All classes are contingent upon a minimum enrollment, and tuition is not refundable after the first class.


Perks

All classes include a catered Korean dinner party at the end of the session, Korean snacks and refreshments during each class break, parking at the embassy, and additional class and Korean Cultural Center materials. Students with over 75% attendance receive a King Sejong Institute certificate of completion from the director of the Korean Cultural Center.


Class Levels / Sequence

Not all class levels are offered every session, but most are. Classes in bold below are currently being offered.  


Beginner 1 

Beginner 2

Beginner 3

Intermediate 1

Intermediate 2

Advanced: Living Language and Culture through Media 



Schedule of Classes


Beginner 1 (Monday)

This class is tentatively full! Click here to join a waitlist. 

When: Monday, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets Feb. 3)

Instructor: Kyung-eun Yoon
Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 1A ($30)

Description: This class is designed for those who have no previous experience learning Korean. Students will be introduced to the Korean alphabet Hangul, basic sentence structures, simple vocabulary and conversation. By the end of the semester, students will be able to read and write Hangul, introduce themselves, exchange greetings, count numbers, order food at a restaurant, and carry out basic daily conversation. Cultural aspects will also be included in the course content, so that students may grow in their understanding of Korean culture and share their cultural experiences. Students will be encouraged to speak Korean in class through different communicative activities often carried out in pairs or groups. There will be weekly assignments and quizzes to review what was covered in class. Students in this class will be able to continue to Beginner 2 during the next session.

Beginner 1 (Tuesday)

This class is tentatively full! Click here to join a waitlist. 

When: Tuesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets Feb. 4)

Instructor: Patricia Yu
Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 1A ($30)
DescriptionThis class is the same as Beginner 1 above, but meets on a different day. 


Beginner 2

This class is tentatively full! Click here to join a waitlist. 

When: Tuesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets Feb. 4)

Instructor: Eunjung Kim

Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 1A ($30)

DescriptionBeginner 2 is a continuation from Beginner 1 and is appropriate for beginner learners who have some prior experience learning Korean. Students are expected to be able to read and write the Korean alphabet, Hangul, and understand basic Korean dialogue, such as exchanging greetings, ordering food, and asking for information. This course will focus on developing essential conversational skills needed for daily communication in Korean, such as making an appointment, talking about daily activities and past events, and asking for/giving directions. In addition, students will learn to use the formal/deferential speech style and make the 5 Wh- questions in Korean. Cultural aspects will also be included in the course content, so that students may understand social and historical distinctiveness of Korean culture. Students will be encouraged to speak Korean in class through different communicative activities carried out in pairs or groups. There will be weekly assignments and quizzes to review materials covered in class. Students in this class will be able to continue to Beginner 3 in the next session.

New students registering for Beginner 2 should understand most of the following sample dialogue: 


앤디: 미나 씨, 오늘 일해요?
미나: 아니요.
앤디: 그럼 뭐 해요?
미나: 친구 집에 가요.
앤디: 몇 시에 친구 집에 가요?
미나: 여덟 시에 친구 집에 가요.

Beginner 3

This class is tentatively full! Click here to join a waitlist. 

WhenTuesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets Feb. 4)

Instructor: Hyunah Kim

Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 1B ($30)

DescriptionBeginner 3 builds on the basic foundation established in Beginner 1 and 2. This class is appropriate for those who have completed both Beginner 1 and 2 at the King Sejong Institute or those who have taken an elementary Korean course in college. Students who register for this class need to have basic knowledge of sentence structures, the present and past tense verb conjugation, informal and formal speech styles, and numeral systems in Korean. In this class, students will be introduced to diverse settings of daily conversation and specific tasks to be carried out in Korean. By the end of the semester, students will be able to talk about future plans and previous experiences, describe and compare varied things, make suggestions, ask for a favor, give reasons, prepare for a job interview, and use honorifics. Authentic materials in Korean, including drama clips, news, commercials, and music will be used to understand the usage of varied expressions and to broaden cultural understanding. There will be regular assignments and quizzes to review the materials covered in class.


New students registering for Beginner 3 should understand most of the following sample dialogue:


앤디: 미나 씨, 주말에 뭐 했어요?

미나: 공원에 갔어요.

앤디: 공원에 운동하러 갔어요?

미나: 아니요, 친구를 만나러 갔어요.

앤디: 그런데 근처에 공원이 있어요?

미나: 네, 집 앞에 있어요.


Intermediate 2

This class is tentatively full! Click here to join a waitlist. 

WhenMondays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets Feb. 3)

Instructor: Young A Jung

Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 2B ($30), and class handouts 

DescriptionIntermediate 2 is a continuation of the Intermediate 1 Korean language course (not offered this session) and is appropriate for those who have taken at least 3 college semesters of Korean. This course is designed to enhance students’ ability to speak, listen to, and write various nuanced Korean in an interpersonal and an interpretive situation with a contextual understanding of intermediate-mid level grammar. Students therefore develop an expanded ability to communicate in a culturally appropriate manner and examine critically current Korean issues. When students attend this course regularly, they will be expected to be able to comprehend and communicate suggestions, sharing experiences, thoughts, intentions, desires, feelings, and abilities using about seventy action verbs. In addition, students will develop their cultural competencies by acquiring cross-cultural understanding of Korean ways of thinking.


New students registering for Intermediate 2 should understand the basics of the following sample dialogue and text (not necessarily all vocabulary): 


앤디: 미나 씨, 축구 보는 것을 좋아하세요?

미나: 왜요?

앤디: 그럼, 오늘 같이 축구 보러 가요!

미나: 미안해요. 오늘은 다른 친구하고 만나기로 했어요.

앤디: 그럼, 다음에 같이 갑시다.

미나: 네, 다음에 갈 때 꼭 알려 주세요.


저는 회사원이에요. 집에서 회사까지 버스로 30분쯤 걸려요. 그래서 보통 7시에 일어나요. 8시에 집에서 출발해요. 그런데 오늘은 1시간 늦게 일어났어요. 버스 정류장까지 뛰었어요. 그런데 정류장에 사람이 너무 많았어요. 버스도 안 왔어요. 그래서 택시를 탔어요. 택시가 정말 빨리 갔어요. 9시 전에 도착했어요. 그래서 회사에 들어가기 전에 편의점에서 우유를 하나 샀어요.


Advanced: Living Language and Culture through Media 

This class is tentatively full! Click here to join a waitlist. 

WhenMondays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets Feb. 3)

Instructor: Hei Sook Yoo

Textbook: Korean for Intermediate Learners 2 중급 한국어2 

DescriptionThis class is a continuation of the Advanced 1 and 2 classes and covers additional materials (Advanced 1 and 2 are not prerequisites). The class is designed for students seeking to improve their Korean reading, writing, speaking, and listening with intermediate-advanced grammar and vocabulary. Students will immerse themselves in Korean culture, customs, society and history through authentic materials, such as Korean films, TV dramas, CF, news programs, and other essential materials meant to inspire cultural awareness. Students will obtain a systemic understanding of intermediate-advanced Korean, and actively engage with the language and important cultural topics, in and out of the classroom. Each class will focus on a specific topic, contextualizing grammar functions and new vocabulary including colloquial idioms, proverbs, Korean slang, and other common Chinese character words. Furthermore, this course is designed to be very practical, with students practicing phrases and grammar faced in everyday life. Students will work in pairs, small groups, and complete exercises and tasks as assigned by the teacher.


For a detailed description of the Advanced course topics and important proficiency requirements, visit our Advanced site here.  



Registration / More Information

To register for a class, please email your request, including the specific class name, directly to Adam Wojciechowicz at AWOJ@koreaembassy.org. You will receive a reply confirmation and link to registration/payment forms. For more information, you can also reach Adam by phone at (202) 587-6168. Registration requests will be taken in the order they are received until a class is full, at which point a waitlist option will be added to this website.


The Korean Cultural Center (KORUS House) is located at 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20008. Free parking in our private lot is available to registered students, and the center is bus route-accessible or a 15-minute walk from the Dupont Circle metro station. For a map of the Embassy and the KORUS House click here.







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