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King Sejong Institute: Korean Language and Culture Classes

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 27 - Aug. 27 

Fall: Sept. 8/15 - Dec. 17


Fall 2014 & Upcoming Classes! 


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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.




Summer 2014


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


Schedule

Summer 2014 classes are offered on several schedules: in the first half of the summer (Session 1), the second half (Session 2), and throughout the entire summer (Full Session). Session 1 and 2 classes meet twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays over 6 weeks. Full Session classes meet once a week on Tuesdays over 12 weeks. All classes meet a total of 12 times (unless otherwise noted). See the full schedule below.


Session 2 (every Monday and Wednesday, twice a week)

July 21 - August 27  

Classes listed 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, limited 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


Schedule of Classes


Beginner 1 (Session 2)

When: Monday and Wednesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets July 21)

Instructor: Youngah Do

Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 1A ($30)

DescriptionThis class is designed for those who have no previous experience learning Korean. Students will be introduced to the Korean alphabet Hangeul, basic sentence structures, simple vocabulary, and conversation. By the end of the semester, students will be able to read and write Hangeul, 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 2  (Session 2)

This class is tentatively full! You may join the waitlist here.

When: Monday and Wednesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets July 21)

Instructor: Patricia Yu

Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 1A ($30)

Description: Beginner 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.


Advanced: Understanding Korean Culture through the Korean Language

When: Monday and Wednesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets July 21)

Instructor: Hei Sook Yoo

Textbook: Culture in Korean 1 (Learning Easy Korean by Culture Vol. 1) by Language Plus; provided handouts & multimedia ($30)

Description: This class is designed for students seeking to improve not only their Korean reading, writing, speaking, and listening with intermediate-advanced grammar and vocabulary, but also their knowledge about the Korean culture. Students will obtain a systemic understanding of intermediate-advanced Korean, and actively engage with the language and important cultural topics such as Korean Food, Movies, K-Pops, and so on. Each class will focus on a specific cultural topic, contextualizing grammar functions and new vocabulary including colloquial idioms through TV commercial films. Furthermore, this course is designed to be very practical, with students practicing phrases and expressions with current affairs in the current Korea. Students will work in pairs, small groups, and complete exercises and tasks as assigned by the teacher.


For a complete class outline and important proficiency requirements/reading samples, please visit our advanced class website 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 KCC, click here.




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