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.



Korean 1

By the end of this intensive session, students will be able to function minimally in Korean and understand many facets of Korea’s unique culture. Students are immersed in Korean, except for limited times specified for cultural and grammatical notes in English. During the session, participants learn the Korean alphabet and its pronunciation, numbers and the calendar. Students will also learn basic greetings and how to ask questions using interrogatives. Shopping and family life are topics of this level.

Required Textbook (Level 1-3):

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

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

Korean 2

Prerequisite: Completion of Korean 1 or instructor’s   permission.
This course begins with a review of all the materials covered in Korean 1. Korean 2 would be a good place to start for those who have been away from the language for any length of time, but who already have some basic grammar and vocabulary. By the end of this course, students will be able to speak properly. Emphasis will be placed on how to use different types of speech appropriately; honorific, polite and neutral speech are distinguished and used in examples from everyday life. The use of English is discouraged in the class. Students learn basic Korean characters, how to make small talk, and many other situational conversations.

Required Textbook(Level 1-3):

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

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

Korean 3

Completion of Korean 2 or instructor’s permission
After a brief review of previous material, students build vocabulary to discuss food and eating, describing people and their clothing, and daily routines.  Students work with present, past and future tenses, idiomatic expressions and continued work with both formal and informal speech.  Abundant cultural notes are part of the course.  Korean is the primary medium of instruction in the class and a focus is on active, abundant use of the language.

Required Textbook (Level 1-3):

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

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

Korean 4

Completion of Korean 3 or instructor’s permission
This course helps participants to become more sophisticated in their use of Korean language.  Such topics as a person’s mood, personality and appearance are introduced and practiced as well as zodiac signs and their connection to a person’s character in Korean culture.  Other topics include discussing weather and the seasons, medical treatment and talking with medical personnel and travel preparations and destinations.  Grammar includes asking for permission, making complaints and stating opinions as well as discussing conjecture and necessity.  Students continue to build their repertoire of vocabulary.  Culture notes also include a discussion of Eastern versus Western medicine.

Required Textbook:

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


Classes must have a minimum of 4 students to run. Shared private lessons and custom programs are also available

-All classes are 20 hours.

*Classes falling on holidays will be rescheduled.

Summer Session: July- August

Registration Deadline: Monday, June 26th. Higher level classes require a placement or successful completion of the previous class. You may request one here.

Course Teacher Days Time Start date End date
Korean 1 Eunjeong Choi Wednesdays 5:00 – 7:00 PM 7/12/2017 9/13/2017
Korean 2 Minjung McKnight Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:30 PM 7/11/2017 9/12/2017
Korean 4 Eunjeong Choi Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30 PM 7/13/2017 9/14/2017

Holidays: 9/4 (Monday)

Register here.

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 for more information or to receive quote.


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