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Registration is now open for our Winter 2018 Korean language classes. The Winter Session offers “Introductory” to “Advanced Reading and Discussion” classes that run from January 22 - April 11, 2018 .


The Korea Society's Korean language classes are a great way to learn Korean in a small-class setting from university affiliated and native-speaking instructors.


Winter Session classes meet once a week for 12 weeks for a total of 21 classroom hours. If you are an absolute beginner of Korean, Please register for the Introductory 1 course. If you have some previous Korean experience, you are required to take a placement test . Please review the course overview which outlines the material covered in each level or consult with Jahee Yu.


Below you will find more information about the classes as well as online registration.
Please contact 
Jahee Yu or (212) 759-7525, ext. 301   with any questions.


Tuition: $430 (including textbook). During the semester, students are welcome to join most Korea Society programs at a discounted ticket price.


Note:  Due to strong demand, class space will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please complete the application below. If accepted, you will receive a confirmation email from The Korea Society.

 

Refund and Cancellation Policy:
-Tuition is non-refundable after 12 PM on January 21, 2018, 2017 (one business day before classes begin).
-The cancellation fee and textbooks are also non-refundable.
-Please note that cancellations are accepted by phone or in person only. We do not accept cancellation by email.
-The Korea Society will not provide make-up classes or issue refunds for classes missed as a result of an illness, emergency, or other events beyond The Korea Society’s control.
-The Korea Society also reserves the right to cancel any course if sufficient enrollment is not obtained. In such cases, those students already enrolled will receive full refunds.



 

Description:

This class introduces students to the fundamentals of Korean language. It covers the Korean alphabet (han’gul), basic grammar, and the vocabulary necessary for basic conversation, reading, and writing. Students will practice simple communication skills such as greetings, ordering food, and asking basic questions.

Course Overview - Unit Breakdown

Active Korean 1:

  • Unit1 Hangeul (한글)
  • Unit2 Greetings & Introduction (인사와 소개)
  • Unit3 Restaurant (식당)
  • Unit4 Shopping (쇼핑)
  • Unit5 Daily Life (일상생활)
  • Unit6 Time (시간)

(No prerequisite or prior Korean-language experience required.)

  • Textbook: Active Korean 1 (w/CD)
  • Seoul National University Language Institute
  • Published by Munjin Media

Section A
Instructor: Yongjun Choi

Mondays, 6:15 - 8 PM (January 22 - April 9)
Begins Monday, January 22, 2018


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Section B
Instructor: Yongjun Choi

Wednesdays, 8 - 9:45 PM (January 24 - April 11)
Begins Wednesday, January 24, 2018


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If you have any questions, please contact Jahee Yu or (212) 759-7525, ext. 301.



Description:

This class builds additional basic conversation skills and vocabulary. It covers the grammar and vocabulary necessary for everyday conversation, such as expressing obligation/necessity and providing excuses/reasons as well as honorific expressions.

Course Overview - Unit Breakdown

Active Korean 1:

  • Unit7 Appointment (약속)
  • Unit8 Locations & Directions (위치와 방향)
  • Unit9 Phone Call (전화)

Active Korean 2:

  • Unit1 Family (가족)
  • Unit2 Transportation (교통)
  • Unit3 Reason (이유)

(Prerequisite: Introductory Korean I or equivalent ability demonstrated on the placement exam.)

  • Textbook: Active Korean 2 (w/CD) - required, Active Korean 1 (w/ CD)- optional
  • Seoul National University Language Institute
  • Published by Munjin Media
 
Introductory Korean II
Instructor: Yongjun Choi

Wednesdays, 6:15 - 8 PM (January 24 - April 11)
Begins Wednesday, January 24, 2018




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Description:

This class is designed to help students further develop basic Korean-language skills. It covers the grammar and vocabulary necessary for everyday conversation, such as asking permission, giving advice, and expressing desires, as well as a limited number of irregular verbs/adjectives. Upon completion of the class, students should be able to conduct elementary conversations, comprehend basic texts, and write simple compositions in Korean.

Course Overview - Unit Breakdown

Active Korean 2:

  • Unit4 Post Office (우체국)
  • Unit5 Reservations (예약))
  • Unit6 Etiquette (예의)
  • Unit7 Hospital (병원)
  • Unit8 Advice & Suggestions (충고와 제안)
  • Unit9 Shopping (쇼핑)

(Prerequisite: Introductory Korean I or equivalent ability demonstrated on the placement exam.)

  • Textbook: Active Korean 2 (w/CD)
  • Seoul National University Language Institute
  • Published by Munjin Media
 
Introductory Korean III
Instructor: Yongjun Choi

Mondays, 8:00 - 9:45 PM (January 22 - April 9)
Begins Monday, January 22, 2018




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Description:

Students applying for Intermediate Korean I should have knowledge of basic Korean, including an understanding of a limited number of irregular predicates, the past and future tenses, honorifics, and the polite speech style. This course explores additional irregular predicates, conjunctions, sentence transformations, and other speech styles, along with various cultural contexts. Intermediate Korean I adds approximately 36 basic grammar rules and 250 new words to those learned in Introductory courses. Upon the completion of the course, students should be able to describe personal experiences, hobbies, employment, fashion, and changes, and also be able to exchange their own information.

Course Overview - Unit Breakdown

Active Korean 3:

  • Unit1 Experience (경험)
  • Unit2 Hobbies (취미)
  • Unit3 Employment (취업)
  • Unit4 Fashion (유행)
  • Unit5 Out of Order (고장)
  • Unit6 Change (변화)

(Prerequisites: Introductory Korean III or equivalent ability demonstrated on a placement exam.)

  • Active Korean 4 (required), Active Korean 3 (optional)
  • Seoul National University Language Institute
  • Published by Munjin Media
 
Intermediate Korean I
Instructor: Hyunkyu Yi

Tuesdays, 8:00 - 9:45 PM (January 23 - April 10)
Begins Tuesday, January 23, 2018




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Description:

Expanding on Intermediate Korean I, Intermediate II introduces students to more advanced grammar and vocabulary, as well as the information necessary to handle more complex cultural contexts. This course focuses on abstract topics, such as information, true and false, conflict and worry, and incidents and accidents, and introduces indirect speech forms and passive expressions. Upon the completion of the course, students are able to conduct straightforward conversations, describe appearance and personality, and express pros and cons about the given topics.

Course Overview - Unit Breakdown

Active Korean 4:

  • Unit7 Information (정보)
  • Unit8 True and False (진실과 거짓)
  • Unit9 Conflict and Worry (갈등과 고민)

Active Korean 4:

  • Unit1 Appearance and Personality (외모와 성격)
  • Unit2 Convenient Life (편리한 생활)
  • Unit3 Incidents and Accidents (사건, 사고)

(Prerequisites: Intermediate Korean I or equivalent ability demonstrated on a placement exam.)

  • Textbook: Active Korean 4 (required), Active Korean 3 (optional)
  • Seoul National University Language Institute
  • Published by Munjin Media
 
Intermediate Korean II
Instructor: Hyunkyu Yi

Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:15 PM (January 24 - April 11)
Begins Wednesday, January 24, 2018




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Description:

Intermediate Korean III aims to promote the active use of Korean at work, museum, and travel-agency settings. As a continuation of Intermediate II, this course adds approximately 36 advanced grammar forms and 240 new expressions related to dreams, regrets, work, traditional culture, and trips. Upon completion of the course, students will be well-equipped for formal and informal speaking and reading tasks. In particular, each student will be trained to produce various written assignments, such as a notice of a lost item, an article about a moment of regret, an essay, and an introduction to a city.

Course Overview - Unit Breakdown

Active Korean 4:

  • Unit4 Dream and Reality (꿈과 현실)
  • Unit5 Mistakes and Regrets (실수와 후회)
  • Unit6 Company (회사)
  • Unit7 Consuming and Saving (소비와 절약)
  • Unit8 Korea (한국)
  • Unit9 Travel (여행)

(Prerequisites: Intermediate Korean II or equivalent ability demonstrated on a placement exam.)

  • Textbook: Active Korean 4 (Required)
  • Seoul National University Language Institute
  • Published by Munjin Media
 
Intermediate Korean III
Instructor: Sunhee Song

Tuesdays, 6:15 - 8:00 PM (January 23 - April 10)
Begins Tuesday, January 23, 2018




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Description:

This class aims to promote the active use of Korean in formal speaking as well as reading and writing tasks relating to work, school, problem solving, and public life. Upon completion of this course, students are expected to acquire and use more vocabulary, expressions, and variety of sentence patterns. Students will be more confident in reading published materials in Korean and writing short essays to express personal views on contemporary issues.

Course Overview - Unit Breakdown

Fun! Fun! Korean 3:

  • Unit1 New Living (새로운 생활)
  • Unit2 Cooking (요리)
  • Unit3 News Rumors (소식 소문)
  • Unit4 Personality (성격)
  • Unit5 Daily Etiquette (생활 예절)
  • Unit6 Beauty Salon (미용실)
  • Unit7 Living in Korea (한국 생활)
  • Unit8 Lost Item (분실물)
  • Unit9 Dating Marriage (연애 결혼)
  • Unit10 Gifts (선물)
  • Unit11 Incidents Accidents (사건 사고)
  • Unit12 Mistakes Regrets (실수 후회)
  • Unit13 Workplace (직장)
  • Unit14 Travel Planning (여행 계획)
  • Unit15 Holidays (명절)

(Prerequisites: Intermediate Korean III or equivalent ability demonstrated on a placement exam.)

  • Textbook: Fun! Fun! Korean 3
  • Korean Language and Culture Center, KOREA UNIVERSITY
  • Published by Kyobo
 
Advanced Korean
Instructor: Hyunkyu Yi

Tuesdays, 6:15 - 8:00 PM (January 23 - April 10)
Begins Tuesday, January 23, 2018




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Description:

This new class promotes the active use of formal Korean, as well as reading and writing tasks related to work, school, problem solving, and public life. Lessons will also develop skills for using Korean in professional discourse in business, arts, humanities, and social and biological sciences. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to understand and appropriately use vocabulary, expressions, and a variety of sentence patterns. Students will feel more confident reading published materials in Korean, writing short essays expressing personal views on contemporary issues, and discussing current events in the Korean media.

Course Overview - Unit Breakdown

Fun! Fun! Korean 4:

  • Unit1 People (인물 소개)
  • Unit2 Weather and Life (날씨와 생활)
  • Unit3 Exchange Refund (교환 환불)
  • Unit4 Housekeeping (집안의 일상)
  • Unit5 Workplace (직장 생활)
  • Unit6 Language and Culture (언어와 문화)
  • Unit7 Stress (스트레스)
  • Unit8 Memory (추억)
  • Unit9 Travel Impressions (여행의 감동)
  • Unit10 Marriage (결혼)
  • Unit11 Enjoying Performances (공연 감상)
  • Unit12 Education (교육)
  • Unit13 Environment (환경)
  • Unit14 Catastrophes Disaster (재난 재해)
  • Unit15 Computer Internet (컴퓨터 인터넷)

(Prerequisites: Advance Korean or equivalent ability demonstrated on a placement exam.)

  • Textbook: Fun! Fun! Korean 4
  • Korean Language and Culture Center, KOREA UNIVERSITY
  • Published by Kyobo
 
Advanced Reading and Discussion
Instructor: Hyunkyu Yi

Tuesdays, 8:00 - 9:45 PM (January 23 - April 10)
Begins Tuesday, January 23, 2018




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Instructors                                                                  

 

 

Yongjun Choi (Introductory I, Introductory II, Introductory III)

Yongjun Choi received his M.A. in comparative linguistics in Korean and Japanese languages from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. He lived in Japan from 2001-2011 and taught Korean language at private language schools in Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo. He is currently an adjunct Korean/Japanese language instructor at LaGuardia Community College, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and New York University. He also works at Columbia University as a teaching associate. He has taught a wide range of Korean/Japanese levels, ranging from beginner to early-advanced.

 
 

 

 

Sunhee Song (Intermediate I, III)

Sunhee Song received her Ed.D. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Teachers College at Columbia University along with her Ed. M. She has been teaching in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University since 2010, focusing on Elementary and Intermediate Korean language teaching and learning. Her research and teaching interests include second and foreign language acquisition, language pedagogy, and interactional approaches to language teaching.

 
 

 

 

Hyunkyu Yi (Intermediate II, Advanced, Advanced Reading & Discussion)

Hyunkyu Yi received his B.A. in history and M.A. in East Asian history from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. He taught at the Korean Language Institute of Yonsei University from 1988 to 1996, and currently teaches Korean at the Columbia University. He co-authored several textbooks, such as Korean Language 1 & 2 - Easy to Learn (New York, 2000 & 2003), Korean 5, Korean 6, and Korean language curriculum for Korean School (New York, 2011). He has written for the Korean Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology.

 
 


 

 

 

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