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Summer 2017: Korean Language & Culture Classes

With a focus on practical language skills and cultural context, the King Sejong Institute Washington, D.C. 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 teaching experience at U.S. universities or professional institutions. Classes primarily teach language skills, while also introducing students to the traditional, modern, and social culture of Korea.


ANNOUNCEMENT! 

Starting with the summer 2017 session, the KSIDC is now a DC-based nonprofit organization which operates Korean language classes and educational programs in partnership with the Korean Cultural Center. Registration for all KSIDC classes is open to the public, and all those who wish to improve their Korean are welcome! For more details, see our nondiscrimination policy below.



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2017 Schedule 

Spring: Feb. 6 - May 17

Summer: May 24 - Sept. 6

Fall: Sept. 11 - Dec. 20

Hallyu Camp: We look forward to bringing back this program in 2018! (past info here)


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




Summer 2017


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


Schedule

Summer 2017 classes are offered on several different schedules: in the first half of the summer (First Session), the second half (Second Session), and throughout the entire summer (Full Session). First and Second Session 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, 6:45-8:45pm (unless otherwise noted). See the full schedule below.


Fees

Tuition for new students is $240 per 12-meeting course. Returning students receive a discount tuition rate of $220. Required textbooks can also be purchased from the KCC, for which taxes are included in the price (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 better than 75% attendance receive a certificate of completion from the director of the Korean Cultural Center.


Class Levels / Sequence

Some classes may not be offered every session, but most are. Classes in bold are currently being offered:  


Beginner 1 

Beginner 2

Beginner 3

Intermediate 1

Intermediate 2

Advanced


How to Register

Please scroll down below to the bottom for registration instructions.


Nondiscrimination Policy of the KSIDC

The King Sejong Institute Washington, D.C. admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to its students. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission and registration policies, support related to registration costs, and other school-administered programs.


Schedule of Classes


First Session: Classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays, May 24 – July 12

Full Session: Classes meet Tuesdays, May 30 – September 5 

Second Session: Classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays, July 17 – Sept. 6

Starting dates are accurate, but the final class date may be slightly earlier; the above is the last possible class date, in case of cancellations during the session. 


Beginner 1 (First Session)

This class is tentatively full! To join the waitlist in case space opens up, click here.

Registering for this class allows you the option to continue to Beginner 2 in the second session. 

When: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets May 24)

Instructor: Juyoung Park

Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 1A ($40)

Description: This 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 1 (Full Session)

This class is tentatively full! To join the waitlist in case space opens up, click here.

When: Tuesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets May 30)

Instructor: Patricia Yu

Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 1A ($40)

Description: This class is the same as Beginner 1 above, but meets on a different schedule.


Beginner 1 (Second Session) - Registration is OPEN!

This class is tentatively full! To join the waitlist in case space opens up, click here.

When: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets July 17)

Instructor: Keum Sook Yang
Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 1A ($40)
Description: This class is the same as Beginner 1 above, but meets on a different schedule.

Beginner 2 (First Session)

This class is tentatively full! To join the waitlist in case space opens up, click here.

When: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets May 24)
Instructor: Jin Choi
Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 1A ($40)
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.


Beginner 2 (Second Session)

This class is tentatively full! To join the waitlist in case space opens up, click here.

When: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets July 17)
Instructor: TBD
Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 1A ($40)
Description: This class is the same as Beginner 2 above, but meets on a different day.


Beginner 3 (First Session)

This class is tentatively full! To join the waitlist in case space opens up, click here.

When: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets May 24)

Instructor: Keum Sook Yang

Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 1B ($40)

Description: Beginner 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 1 (Full Session)

This class is tentatively full! To join the waitlist in case space opens up, click here.

When: Tuesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets May 30)

Instructor: Hyunah Kim

Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 2A ($40)

Description: Intermediate 1 is a continuation from Beginner 3 and is appropriate for those who have taken Beginner 1-3 or 1-2 college semesters of Korean. This course aims to further enhance students’ understanding of the intermediate-low level of Korean language skills as a second language; it emphasizes practicing diverse settings of conversation, additional grammatical structures, broadening vocabulary, various styles of conjugation including the future tense, context-sensitive honorific speech styles, and cultural understanding of historical and contemporary written texts. Students will have the opportunity to synthesize their speaking, composition, and comprehension skills in through brief class presentations. Students who register for this level need to have basic level grammar knowledge including basic tenses, informal and formal speech styles, numbers, about thirty action verbs, and basic sentence structures.


New students registering for Intermediate 1 should understand the basics of the following sample dialogue and text (not necessarily all vocabulary): 


한국:  미국 씨, 한국 음식을 드셔 보셨어요?

미국:  네, 먹어 봤어요.

한국:  김치를 좋아하세요?

미국:  아니요, 김치는 좋아하지 않아요. 

한국: 왜요? 

미국:  김치가 맛있지만 너무 매워서 못 먹어요.  


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.


Intermediate 2 (Full Session)

This class is tentatively full! To join the waitlist in case space opens up, click here.

When: Tuesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets May 30)

Instructor: Kyung Eun Yoon

Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 2B ($40)

Description: Intermediate 2 is a continuation of the Intermediate 1 Korean language course and is appropriate for those who have taken at least 2 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.


저 는 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 2: Language and Society in Korean Peninsula (Second Session)

This class is tentatively full! To join the waitlist in case space opens up, click here.

When: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets July 17)

Instructor: Hei Sook Yoo

Textbook: Korean Language & Culture: Intermediate 1 (한국어와 한국 문화: 중급 1), 법무부 ($20)

Description: For a complete class outline and important proficiency requirements/reading samples, please visit our advanced class website here. (updating soon!)




Registration / More Information

To register, please check the current status of the class above and email AWOJ@koreaembassy.org with the name and day of the SPECIFIC class and session for which you would like to register. We will reply as soon as possible and if the class has not filled up already, you will receive a link to registration / payment forms. 

PLEASE NOTE: Registration requests are taken in the order received until a class is full, at which point a waitlist option will be added to this website and existing registration requests will be confirmed. If anyone cancels their registration, those on the waitlist will be invited to join. For more information, contact Adam Wojciechowicz at awoj@koreaembassy.org or (202) 587-6168.


The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. is located at 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20008. Free parking in our private lot is available to registered students first come first served, 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.