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Learning Korean

KOREAN LANGUAGE TRAINING
A variety of universities, private language institutes and volunteer service organizations as well as private tutors offer foreign residents and visitors the opportunity to learn the Korean language. The Korean Proficiency Test (KPT) is the most common test used to determine the language skills of foreign speakers of Korean. Some organizations also offer free Korean classes.

RECOMMENDED LANGUAGE PROGRAMS - expats who have learned Korean through her programs have recommended Diane's Easy Korean.


FREE KOREAN CLASSES are available from a number of different sources. There is sometimes a fee for the book(s) and/or materials. Scroll below and click on 'Free Korean Classes' topic for a list of some of your options both in Seoul and around Korea. The free classes are a good introduction to the process of learning the Korean language.

YONGSAN DISTRICT OFFICE - Korean Classes as of 2011
Cost: Free (students pay for own books)
Levels: Beginner as of February 2011 - higher levels to follow
Hours: 10:30am to 12:30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
Location: Yongsan District Office, Itaewon. Head toward the Crown Hotel. The District Office is the big building on your left before you reach the hotel. To register go to the Family Support Department (가정복지과) on the 5th floor of the Yongsan District Office. The person in charge of this program is Sang-cheol Jeon (전상철). NOTE: Bring your alien registration card or passport with you when you go to register.
Info:  02-2199-7152 (Korean speaker only)


PRIVATE LESSONS are also available either through a language institute or from private tutors. Note that some companies with famous brand names may not provide a program that is equal in quality to what you may be used to in your home country. It is always a good idea to visit the school that is providing the private lessons and see how a class is taught by their instructors. While you’re there look at their teaching materials and see if you can find out what the attrition rate is in various classes.

Korean teachers have a tendency to teach a lot of structure and grammar and to rely on students to memorize a lot of material (similarly to how they are taught English). If you are looking for ‘Survival Korean’ that will help you get around, communicate basic instructions, go shopping and have a pizza delivered to your house, make that clear up front and ask about their ‘curriculum’. 

LEARNING ON YOUR OWN is also possible – how effective it will be depends on your learning-style – and there are my books and learning aids available in bookstores all over the city. Some have been written by native English-speakers who have become fluent speakers of Korea. It’s worth checking these out since the authors know, at least theoretically, what you’re going through.

 

Last Updated on 2011-03-16


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