Phone: 206.239.4780
 

Korean Language Classes

Korea Credit- Kristina Moller

Temple in Daejeon, South Korea, photo courtesy of Kristina Moller, ISO Associate Advisor

The basic approach of our program is to emphasize the use of practical spoken Korean. For this reason, from the first day, speaking and listening are practiced at natural speeds. Artificially slowing the speed actually makes understanding more difficult in the long run. Students are therefore able to communicate easily with native speakers at the level of vocabulary and grammar attained. The program prepares the student with the skills needed to function in Korea. By focusing on practical language use, students are able to actively participate in situations which they can expect to encounter in their travels. Throughout the course, listening and speaking are stressed and the student has ample opportunity to take part in meaningful classroom dialogue. The small class size also promotes this opportunity and allows the instructor to give individual attention to each student.

Schedule

Any registrations received after the deadline will be charged a $25 late fee
-Classes must have a minimum of 4 students to run.

-All classes are 20 hours.

-Classes cost $350.

Winter Session: January- March

Registration Deadline: Monday, January 1st. Higher level classes require the previous class or a placement. New students may request a placement here.

Course Instructor Days Time Start date End date
Korean 1 Booyoun Kim Sat 1:00 – 3:00 1/13/2018 3/24/2018
Korean 1 Booyoun Kim Wed 6:30 – 8:30 1/10/2018 3/14/2018
Korean 2* Minjung McKnight Mon* 5:00 – 7:00 1/8/2018 3/12/2018
     *Note: Korean 2 will have classes on Wed. 1/17 and Wed. 2/21 to make up Holidays.
Korean 4 Minjung McKnight Tue 6:30 – 8:30 1/9/2018 3/13/2018
Korean 6 Eunjeong Choi Thur 6:30 – 8:30 1/11/2018 3/15/2018

Register here. Holidays (if applicable): 1/15 , 2/17, 2/19 (2018)

Next session begins February 20th, 2018. If you would like a notification when a new schedule is up, you may enter your email here.

Levels

Korean 1

Korean 1 is a 20-hour introductory course on the language and culture of Korea. It is designed for learners who have little or no prior knowledge of Korean. There is an emphasis on speaking and listening, supported by reading and writing and getting comfortable with the language. Topics include introductions, greetings, numbers, days and months, identification of classroom objects, location and ownership of items, and airport security check.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, students will be able to exchange greetings, address someone formally and introduce themselves. They will be able to identify an item or a person and interact with others in describing ownership, presence or absence of an item or a person at a certain location.

Grammatical competence: Students will be introduced to basic Korean grammar and syntax, such as the verb coming at the end of a sentence. Students will be able to use BE verb, existence verb, subject markers and topic markers to ask questions and make statements. Students will also incorporate new vocabulary in order to identify, locate, and establish ownership of items.

Required Textbook (Level 1-3):

Kim, S. (2003). You speak Korean! Volume 1. Seattle: ParadigmBusters. (ISBN:9780972835602)

Cho, H., & Kim, S. (2003). You Speak Korean! Volume 1 Workbook. Seattle: ParadigmBusters. (ISBN:9780972835619)

Korean 2

Prerequisite: Completion of Korean 1 or instructor’s  permission.

Korean 2 is a 20-hour introductory course on the language and culture of Korea. It is designed for learners who have successfully completed Korean 1 or have been evaluated to have adequate knowledge of Korean according to the placement test. There is an emphasis on speaking and listening, supported by reading and writing and getting comfortable with the language. Topics include locations of teachers’ office items, destination, daily activities and frequency of daily activities.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course students will be able to exchange information about locations and ownership of items, time and frequency of daily activities.

Grammatical competence: Students will be introduced to language structures and vocabulary expressing location, negation and frequency of activities. They will acquire the grammatical rules related to verb conjugation for the polite present tense, WH-words in question sentences, usage of not to mark the statement negative, and time adverbs.

Required Textbook (Level 1-3):

Kim, S. (2003). You speak Korean! Volume 1. Seattle: ParadigmBusters. (ISBN:9780972835602)

Cho, H., & Kim, S. (2003). You Speak Korean! Volume 1 Workbook. Seattle: ParadigmBusters. (ISBN:9780972835619)

Korean 3

Completion of Korean 2 or instructor’s permission

Korean 3 is a 20-hour introductory course on the language and culture of Korea. It is designed for learners who have successfully completed Korean 2 or have been evaluated to have adequate knowledge of Korean according to the placement test. Korean 3 introduces common verbs and the conjugation rules to use them in sentences. The course has an increased focus on speaking, reading and writing exercises. Topics include daily schedules, preferences and opinions. ‘You speak Korean Volume 1’ will be worked through and completed by the end of Korean 3.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, students will be able to discuss preferences, describe their job, talk about daily schedules and make appointments.

Grammatical competence: Students will be introduced to daily activity verbs, adjectival verbs and conjugating the verb stem using past tense and various politeness levels and will apply the conjugation rules in written and spoken Korean.

Required Textbook (Level 1-3):

Kim, S. (2003). You speak Korean! Volume 1. Seattle: ParadigmBusters. (ISBN:9780972835602)

Cho, H., & Kim, S. (2003). You Speak Korean! Volume 1 Workbook. Seattle: ParadigmBusters. (ISBN:9780972835619)

Korean 4

Completion of Korean 3 or instructor’s permission

Korean 4 is a 20-hour course on the language and culture of Korea. It is designed for learners who have successfully completed Korean 3 or have been evaluated to have adequate knowledge of Korean according to the placement test. Korean 4 is the first class of the intermediate beginner level and vocabulary and language concepts from Korean 3 will be reviewed. Korean 4 will include more detail-oriented use of the Korean language through the use of sentence endings that express various moods or feelings. Topics include planning a party, buying groceries and making food.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, students will be able to express opinions, discuss favorite food recipes and make plans with friends.

Grammatical competence: In this course, students will get familiar with more complex sentence structures, including the use of adjectives, verb conjugations and various sentence endings. They will learn to recognize present and past tense while listening to spoken Korean and will continue the conversation using the same tense. Students will also be introduced to the use of simple future tense in spoken Korean.

Required Textbook (Level 4-6):

Kim,S., Curtis, E. & Cho, H. (2003). You speak Korean! Volume 2.  Seattle: ParadigmBusters. ISBN: 978-0972835657

Kim,S., Curtis, E. & Cho, H. (2003). You speak Korean! Volume 2.  Workbook to Accompany.  Seattle: ParadigmBusters. ISBN: 978-0972835633

Korean 5

Completion of Korean 4 or instructor’s permission

Korean 5 is a 20-hour course on the language and culture of Korea. It is designed for learners who have successfully completed Korean 4 or have been evaluated to have adequate knowledge of Korean according to the placement test.  In Korean 5 students will become more sophisticated in their use of the Korean language.  Such topics as the body, clothing, personality, and appearance are introduced and practiced as well as relevant cultural issues.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, students will be able to make suggestions, ask and give permission, and state opinions.

Grammatical competence: In this course, students will become familiar with more complex sentence structures, including the use of present progressive tense.  Previously introduced grammatical structures, such as adjectives, various verb conjugations and sentence endings will be practiced and reinforced.

Required Textbook (Level 4-6):

Kim,S., Curtis, E. & Cho, H. (2003). You speak Korean! Volume 2.  Seattle: ParadigmBusters. ISBN: 978-0972835657

Kim,S., Curtis, E. & Cho, H. (2003). You speak Korean! Volume 2.  Workbook to Accompany.  Seattle: ParadigmBusters. ISBN: 978-0972835633

Korean 6

Completion of Korean 5 or instructor’s permission

Korean 6 is a 20-hour Novice-Mid (ACTFL) course on the language and culture of Korea. It is intended for learners who have successfully completed Korean 5 or who have been evaluated to demonstrate an appropriate equivalent proficiency. The course emphasizes the development of the following linguistic skills: listening, understanding, speaking, reading and writing concurrently with the incorporation of Korean culture. The topics in this level include: the weather and the seasons, one’s or others’ feelings, sickness and medicine, travel planning, and Asian zodiac signs.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, learners will be able to participate in structured conversations pertaining to weather and season, moods and feelings, sickness, and travel. Students will be able to speculate about ongoing, future, or past events, answer questions politely, make a polite requests, talk about feelings and changes of state in feelings, explain reasons for feelings, talk about sickness and symptoms, express strong necessity or recommendations, talk about events in sequential order, set up plans to meet or travel, making suggestions on future plans, and talk about Asian zodiac signs. 

Grammatical competence: Along with the vocabulary of weather, moods, sickness, and travel, students will be able to understand and use new grammatical structures relating to ㄷ irregular verbs, various uses of grammatical markers, a structure indicating resultant states, a nominalizer of verbs and adjectives, ㅅ irregular verbs, verbs in the noun-modifying ending indicating a future clause, and sentence negation. In addition, students will be exposed to an array of idiomatic expressions that use auxiliary verbs as well as nuanced uses of various future endings.

Required Textbook (Level 4-6):

Kim,S., Curtis, E. & Cho, H. (2003). You speak Korean! Volume 2.  Seattle: ParadigmBusters. ISBN: 978-0972835657

Kim,S., Curtis, E. & Cho, H. (2003). You speak Korean! Volume 2.  Workbook to Accompany.  Seattle: ParadigmBusters. ISBN: 978-0972835633

Custom Program

WAL can design a special language program for you or your group.  Custom classes are planned with your needs and objectives in mind. WAL has the materials and instructional staff to provide you with an outstanding experience! Choose the number of hours you want to study and the dates of your study and we will design a program just for you.

Custom Programs may be contracted in 10-hour blocks that must be used within 5 weeks. Request a Custom Program here.

Corporate Programs

Communication is always key, especially in the world of business. Our experienced instructors are ready to come to your office with a tailored, industry-specific approach to language instruction. Program content is customized to meet the needs of individual companies.

Instruction requires a minimum of 10 hours total and a minimum of 1.5 hours per lesson.  Programs are generally scheduled on weekdays. Meeting dates and times are flexible. Instruction can be delivered at corporate sites or at our downtown office.

Please contact us at 206-239-4789 or wal@cityu.edu for more information or to receive quote.

Tuition

Class Type Cost per Term
Evening & Day Classes $350 (effective 7/1/2017)
Custom Programs $700/10 hours
Shared Custom Programs $450/10 hours per person (2-3 students)
Specialized Programs $750/10 hours
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