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Spring 2018: 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.


2018 Schedule 

Spring: Jan 29 - Feb. 26

Summer: TBD

Fall: TBD

Hallyu Camp: TBD (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.




Spring 2018


SPECIAL SCHEDULE NOTICE! 

This class session is much shorter than usual, unfortunately, due to major interior renovations at the KCC which will prevent us from offering classes in March, April and May (when the full spring session is normally offered). We greatly regret the inconvenience to many eager Korean language learners, both returning and new! However, rather than cancel spring classes altogether, we are offering a smaller, more compressed class schedule of special topic classes that makes use of the limited time available. There are far fewer classes being offered than a regular full session, and space is very limited as a result. For those unable to register for spring, keep in mind that we will have a full summer session starting in late May/early June. After the spring, we look forward to offering a full slate of classes in improved facilities. Thank you for your understand! 




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

PLEASE NOTE: This spring schedule is a special one -- rather than cancel the entire session due to expeceted renovation, we decided to offer a smaller, more compressed class schedule of special topic classes that make use of the limited time available. There are far fewer classes being offered than a regular full session, and space is very limited as a result. For those unable to register for spring, keep in mind that we will have a full summer session starting in late May/early June.


Spring 2018 classes meet twice per week from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. at the Korean Cultural Center, on Mondays and Thursdays. All classes meet a total of 6 (SIX) times through Feb. 26 (the last possible class date). See the full schedule below.


Fees

Tuition for new students is $120 per course (6 meetings). Returning students receive a discount tuition rate of $110. Required There are no required textbooks for classes this session, and recommended books are not available for purchase at this time. All classes are contingent upon a minimum enrollment, and tuition is not refundable after the first class.


Perks

All spring classes include a light reception 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

Special Topics (2)


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


Bridge to Beginner 2 (Monday/Thursday)

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

When: Mondays & Thursdays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets Jan. 29) 

Instructor: Heecho Kim

Textbook: NONE REQUIRED (recommended: NEW Sogang Korean 1A)

DescriptionThis short course is designed to reinforce the knowledge and proficiency of students who have completed Beginner 1 through a review of that course’s key concepts and grammar, while also practicing those lesson through fun activities introducing various social contexts and situations. Like Beginner 1, it covers the fundamentals of Hangeul (reading, writing, speaking), personal introductions, simple sentences and conversations, counting, and basic cultural competency. Students enrolling in this course should have completed Beginner 1 already, or equivalent preparation to take a Beginner 1 refresher course.

New students registering for this class should have taken Beginner 1 or 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.


Practical Speaking and Writing for Beginning Korean Learners

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

WhenMondays & Thursdays, 6:45-8:45 pm (first class meets Jan. 29) 

Instructor: Jin Choi

Textbook: NONE REQUIRED (recommended: NEW Sogang Korean 1A and 1B)
Description: This short course reviews essential concepts and grammar from the Beginner 2 and Beginner 3 courses aimed at using those lessons in practical Korean speaking and writing contexts (see here for descriptions of those classes). The course is designed to improve students’ language output across a greater diversity of authentic social situations at the beginner to high-beginner (but not introductory) level, using the skills acquired in those classes. Students enrolling in this course should have completed either Beginner 2 or Beginner 3, or equivalent studies.


New students registering for this class should have taken Beginner 2 OR 3, or 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.


AND OPTIONALLY (Beginner 3 content):


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.



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.