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Fall 2017: Korean Language & Culture Classes

Focused on practical language skills and cultural context, the King Sejong Institute Washington, D.C. (KSIDC) offers a range of classes that build skills in speaking, reading, listening, and writing Korean. All classes are limited in 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. 


The KSIDC is 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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Stay informed of upcoming classes and language programs from the KSIDC.


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.





Fall 2017


How to Register

Registration is now open for the classes listed below. All registration is first come, first served by email request to awoj@koreaembassy.org, until the class reaches maximum enrollment. Please first check the class status below and indicate in your email the SPECIFIC class you would like to register for and its day of the week. To receive future class announcements by email, join our mailing list at the link above. 


Schedule

Fall 2017 classes each meet once a week from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. at the Korean Cultural Center, either on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evenings. All classes meet a total of 12 times through December (accounting for occasional cancellations, the last possible class dates are Dec. 18-20). See the full schedule below.


Fees

Tuition for new students is $240 per complete course (12 meetings). Returning students receive a discount tuition rate of $220. Required textbooks can also be purchased from the KSIDC (details below) along with tuition and picked up on the first day of class. 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, complimentary Korean snacks, coffee, and tea refreshments during every class, access to parking at the KCC (limited to availability), and additional class and Korean Cultural Center materials. Students with 75% attendance or better receive a certificate of completion from the director of the Korean Cultural Center.


Class Levels / Sequence

Some class levels may not be offered every session, but most are. The number and variety of classes is also gradually expanding to meet demand. Classes in bold are currently being offered:  


Beginner 1 

Beginner 2

Beginner 3

Intermediate 1

Intermediate 2

Advanced


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


Beginner 1 (Monday)

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

When: Mondays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets Sept. 11)

Instructor: Sunyoung Lee

Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 1A ($40)

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 1 (Tuesday)

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 Sept. 12) 

Instructor: Heecho Kim

Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 1A ($40)

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


Beginner 1 (Wednesday)

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

WhenWednesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets Sept. 13)

Instructor: TBD

Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 1A ($40)
DescriptionThis class is the same as Beginner 1 above, but meets on a different schedule.

Beginner 2 (Monday) 

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

WhenMondays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets Sept. 11) 

InstructorJuyoung Park

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 (Wednesday)

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

WhenWednesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets Sept. 13)

Instructor: Juyoung Park

Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 1A ($40)

DescriptionThis class is the same as Beginner 2 above, but meets on a different day.


Beginner 3 (Wednesday)

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

When: Wednesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets Sept. 13)

Instructor: Jin Choi

Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 1B ($40)

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 1 (Tuesday)

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 Sept. 12)

Instructor: Hyunah Kim

Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 2A ($40), and class handouts 

DescriptionIntermediate 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 (Monday)

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

WhenMondays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets Sept. 18)

Instructor: Hei Sook Yoo

Textbook: NEW Sogang Korean 2B ($40), and class handouts 

DescriptionIntermediate 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 1: Exploring Korean Pop Culture & Current Affairs (Tuesday)

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

WhenTuesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets Sept. 12)

InstructorHei Sook Yoo

Textbook: Korean Language & Culture: Intermediate 2 (한국어와 한국 문화: 중급 2), 법무부 ($20)

Description: For a complete class outline and important proficiency requirements/reading samples, please visit our advanced class website here



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 for which you would like to register. You will receive a reply with details on registration / payment forms for available classes. 

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. Joining the waitlist is a good idea, as enrollment often shifts ahead of the start. 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, 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.