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어바인 KAC 한국학교

겨울학기 개강 안내

겨울 학기 2024년 1월 8일 – 2024년 3월 16일 (10주)

KAC(오렌지 카운티 한미문화센터) 프로그램은 미 정부와 한국 정부로부터 동시에 선정된 유일한 한국어 교육 기관입니다. 저희 한국어 프로그램은 LA 타임즈, 채널 4 뉴스, 그리고 NBC 뉴스 등, 다양한 주류 언론에 소개되어 현재 미 전역에 널리 알려져 있습니다. 저희 한국어 프로그램은 기존의 한글학교 형식을 탈피하여, 학생들로 하여금 언어를 배우는 것이야말로 즐겁고 생동감 넘쳐야 한다는 믿음에서 시작합니다.

이 수업에 요구되는 한국어 수준은 일상적인 주제의 대화를 말할 수 있고, 간단한 문장을 읽고 쓸 수 있어야 합니다. 또한 일상적인 주제와 자신에게 친밀한 주제에 대해 이야기를 듣고 이해할 수 있어야 합니다.

KAC 한국학교

수업목표는 이중언어를 듣고 말하는 학생들로 하여금 재미있고 즐거운 수업을 통해 한국어를 읽고, 자신의 생각과 느낌을 표현하고, 글쓰기까지 확장할 수 있도록 높은 단계의 한국어로 향상시키는 것입니다. 학생들은 주제와 관련된 흥미롭고 창의적인 수업활동을 통해, 더욱 풍부한 어휘와 글쓰기 능력을 갖게 될 것입니다. 각 연령에 맞는 이야기와 전래 동화 및 다양한 교재는 한국어 수업을 보다 재미있고 생동감 넘치게 만들어 줄 것입니다.

대면 수업은 한미문화센터의 교실(Korean American Center, 20 Truman St., #100, Irvine, CA 92620)에서 학생들과 직접 만납니다.

수강료는 10주 당 $375, 자료비 $10 이 추가됩니다.(학생들이 읽어야 할 책값은 포함되지 않았습니다)

형제 자매 할인: 먼저 어린이반 또는 청소년 반에 등록한 학생 외에 형제 자매가 추가하는 경우, $50을 할인해 드립니다. 이 경우, 따로 등록하지 마시고 반드시 한번에 등록, 결제하셔야 할인 혜택을 받을 수 있습니다.

한국어 수업 문의 및 연락처:

문의: info@KoreanAmericanCenter.org / (949) 535-3355

WINTER 2024 Session Korean Class Registration Now CLOSED

January 8, 2024 – March 16, 2024 (10 Weeks)

We have revolutionized the traditional 한글학교 model which leaves students bored, uninterested and frustrated. We believe language acquisition should be a fun and dynamic experience. 

Price

The cost of our 10-week program is $375 plus $10 material fee. This does not include the cost of any assigned reading books the students might need.  

Sibling discount: Take an additional $50 off each student after the first student enrolled in either any of our Children or Youth classes. Students must register in the same transaction to receive a discount. 

STARTALK IMMERSION PROGRAM

STARTALK* 2023 Korean Language Immersion Program

STARTALK is a federal grant program funded by the National Security Agency. STARTALK funds innovative programs with strong language learning outcomes for K-14 learners in the following critical needs languages: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian, and Russian.
STARTALK Goals:
  • Increase the number of students enrolled in the study of critical languages
  • Increase the number of highly effective critical language teachers in the U.S.
  • Increase the number of highly effective materials and curricula available to teachers and students of critical need languages

Korean American Center is proud to be part of this highly selection national STARTALK network of programs to promote Korean language learning in the United States.

The application does not guarantee admission. Students who attended our 2022 summer camp and existing program will be given priority for the 2023 STARTALK program. 

The Korean American Center will host a STARTALK Korean Immersion Program for  6th – 9th graders. This year-long program is a unique opportunity that will provide novice high level Korean learners with an amazing and intensive linguistic and cultural experience that can open doors for college and career opportunities in a 21st-century global economy. 

Under the program theme of “Our Food, Our Heritage” learners will explore foundational aspects of Korean society and find a connection with “Woori” (We/Our), a ubiquitous Korean concept signifying community and unity. Students will examine the past and its influence on the present and understand how Korean culture has affected the language. Through project-based activities, learners will gain a deeper understanding by exploring the connections between culture, food, and language. This year-long program will begin with 2-hour weekly classes from January 8, 2023, to May 28, 2023, leading up to a 3-week summer immersion day camp. The summer camp will run Monday through Friday from June 19, 2023, through July 7, 2023 (3-weeks total) from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Post camp program will take place from September 9, 2023, and will commence on November 18, 2023, with an awards ceremony.  At the completion, participants will receive 132 hours of instruction and a Congressional Certificate of Recognition, and the opportunity to do an internship with the City of Irvine working specifically on Korean community outreach projects. Acceptance to the 2023 STARTALK program will be for the entire year.

2023 Program Dates * 

Winter/Spring 2023: Pre-camp Activities

  • January 8, 2023 – May 28, 2023
  • 2 hour weekly classes on Sundays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Summer 2023 Korean Immersion Camp Experience 

  • 3-weeks: June 19, 2023 – July 7 , 2023
  • Monday – Friday
  • 9:00 – 14:00 (9:00AM – 2:00PM)
  • No class July 4, 2023 

Fall/Winter 2023/Spring 2024: Post-camp Activities

  • September 9, 2023 – November 18, 2023
  • 2 hour weekly classes on Sundays 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

*Final schedule pending final approval by NSA. 

A total of 132 instructional hours will be completed. 

Application Due: closed
We may request an interview depending on the number of applicants.

Program Costs:
If accepted, tuition and most materials for this program will be provided by the National Security Agency.  Students will only need to pay $199 administrative processing fee upon acceptance. Students who attend our 2022 summer camp will have their administrative fee waived. There will be $10 application fee due at the time of application for all students. 

*Program pending funding from the National Security Agency. 

Program size will be extremely limited.

STARTALK Coverage of STARTALK SUMMER

Newsletter #1
Newsletter #2
Newsletter #3
Korea Times (07/23/2018)
Korea Daily (02/23/18)
Korea Times (02/21/2018

STARTALK Media Page (videos and photos)

Students with exposure to Korean at home will learn and expand their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. 

Students will receive a letter of completion and United States Congressional recognition. 

  • Use Korean language immersion in the classroom to improve language skills.
  • Communicate in Korean in real-world circumstances.
  • Use vocabulary learned from real-world
  • contexts.
  • Understand impact traditional culture and values has on the language.
  • Foster an appreciation of their Korean cultural heritage and instill a sense of pride in their dual heritage.

 Class size will be extremely limited.  

STARTALK students experience ancient Korean sport with a hands-on archery demonstration.

STARTALK is guided by six Principles for Effective Teaching & Learning and has three main objectives:

  1. To increase the number of students enrolled in the study of critical-need languages
  2. To increase the number of highly effective critical-language teachers in the U.S.
  3. To increase the number of highly effective materials and curricula available to teachers and students of these critical-need languages

미주 한인 2, 3세 중학생들을 위한 2018 스타톡(StarTalk) 여름 한국어 교실

오렌지카운티 한미문화센터(Korean American Center)에서는 UCI’s Center for Critical Korean Studies와 함께 곧 다가올 2018년 여름, 한인 2, 3세 중학생(6학년부터 8학년까지)들을 위한 심화 한국어 수업을 개설합니다.

2018년에 진행될 스타톡 한국어 수업은, 학생들로 하여금 포괄적인 언어 능력을 기르고 한국어에 대한 지식을 집중적으로 쌓을 수 있도록 고안되었습니다. 이 프로그램은 언어 학습을 위한 세계적 용이성 기준에 맞춰져 있으며, 말하기, 듣기, 읽기, 쓰기 능력을 기르고 싶어하는 초급부터 중급 정도의 한국어 실력을 가진 한인 2, 3세 중학생들을 위한 수업입니다. 단, 학생 모집 인원은 제한적입니다.

특별히 21세기형 수업과 학습을 통해, 학생들은 실제 상황에 응용 가능한 한국어를 배우게 될 것입니다. 학생들은 과거와 소통하고, 그것이 현재에 미치는 영향을 탐구하게 될 것입니다. 또한, 가족들과 지역 사회 구성원들을 인터뷰하는 <지역 역사 비디오 프로젝트>를 통해 친구들과의 친목을 다지고, 가족들과 유대관계를 더욱 돈독히 하게 될 것입니다. 학생들이 제작한 이 비디오 프로젝트는 스타톡 한국어 수업 마지막 날에 그동안 교실에서 진행된 다른 프로젝트들과 함께 상영될 것입니다.

스타톡 프로그램은 다음과 같은 부분에 초점을 두고 있습니다.

  1. 한국어 집중 강화 교실 경험
  1. 실생활에서의 한국어 의사소통 
  1. 실제 상황에서 일어나는 문맥을 통한 어휘 습득
  1. 전통 문화와 가치가 언어에 미치는 영향을 이해
  2. 한국 문화 유산에 대한 이해를 고취, 이중적 정체성에 대한 자부심 불어넣기

*이름을 명단에 기재해 주시면 프로그램 등록이 시작될 때 연락드리겠습니다.

스타톡 프로그램이란? 스타톡은 미정부지원 프로그램이며, 메릴랜드 대학교(University of Maryland)에 있는 국가 외국어 센터에서 진행합니다. 스타톡 프로그램의 목적은 교사와 학생(K-16)을 훈련시키는 프로그램을 통해 주요한 외국어를 가르치고, 배우고, 이용하는 미국 시민의 수를 증가시키는 것입니다. 이러한 주요 언어들 하나로 한국어가 고려되고 있습니다.

*문의

한국어 949-233-7868
영어    949-535-3338

5 Week Zoom Class For Absolute Beginners

We are offering our world famous 5-week class for absolute beginners ANYWHERE in the United States.

We are a designated King Sejong Institute, by the S. Korean government. We are the only King Sejong Institute in the United States to offer special Zoom classes. Check us out in the OC Register , LA Times, and NBC News! 

REGISTRATION IS OPEN

November 1, 2022 – November 30, 2022

Each two hour class will be held once per week and will be through Zoom.

ClassDayTimesFirst Day/Last Day
Korean Fundamentals (Beginner Korean) – (5 weeks)Tuesday6:30 PM PST – 8:30 PM PSTNov 1 – Nov 30
All classes will offer same content. The only thing different are the time/day. All times listed in Pacific Standard Time, unless otherwise noted.

CLASS SIZE WILL BE LIMIED

We have done our best to simulate a physical classroom experience that is highly interactive and engaging. This is NOT self study. This is NOT module based learning. This is an actual class. You will be able to practice speaking with classmates, you will be able to ask your teacher a question, and everything else you would do in a regular class. 

ABOUT THIS CLASS: The special class is designed for students who are new to learning Korean. The goal of this course is to learn how to read and write in Korean using the Korean alphabet, Hangul, some basic phrases to be used when introducing oneself, asking for basic information about someone else, counting up to 100, talking about one’s daily activities using simple sentences, and useful greetings and common everyday phrases. Students will also learn about the Korean culture including customs, popular slangs, well-known songs, and more.

Youth Korean Language Classes 청소년반

A Fun and Engaging Korean Class for Our Youth

Registration is OPEN for Middle and High School.

COVID UPDATE: As a result of the global pandemic, all classes, with the exception of our “Book Club” Korean, will be held online via Zoom. Our nationally recognized program is now accepting students throughout the country on a first come, first serve basis. Our classes are dynamic LIVE CLASS – this is not a self-study course nor is it module based learning.  Our interactive classes are designed for young Korean learners.

January 8, 2024 – March 13, 2024  (10 Weeks)

Middle School (6th – 8th grade) and High School (9th – 12th grade)

For younger learners, please visit our Fun Korean for Children.

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Middle School Program (Grades 6 – 8):

Middle School Korean

    • Prerequisite: None
This class is designed for Learners currently in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade who are absolute beginners, have limited exposure to Korean, or who do not already know Hangul (Korean Alphabet). Learner will master Korean alphabet (Hangul) focusing on reading skills including pronunciation rules and to gain the basic four skills of Korean (listening, reading, writing, speaking) and sentence structure. The class will cover basic topics including greetings, introductions, Native and Sino numbers in an age appropriate way using real world applications. Learners will be able to count items (개), people (명/분), animals (마리), papers (장), and books (권). Students will be able to introduce themselves with basic information such as their age, grade, where they live and how many people are in their family. Students will be able to express statements of possession and existence.
 
  • Prerequisite: Returning students should enroll in this class or students who have experience with the topics covered in previous level.
  • Students must already know Hangul and be able to sound out basic syllables.
The goal of this class is for students to gain confidence using the Korean language and build upon question words (뭐, 누구, 어디, 어느, 이건 ). Learners will build upon Native and Korean numbers in order to go shopping. They will be able to ask how much something is, express prices, number of items, and ask for a discount. Students will learn basic geography and will be able to express the different types of food, peoples, and cultures. Students will learn how to use polite request expressions ~주세요, negative 안, ~지않다. Students will how to describe their daily and weekly schedules and routines using appropriate time markers ~에서 and time frames 부터~까지.
 
  • Prerequisite: Students are able to speak Korean on casual everyday topics and can read simple words. They can understand when Korean is spoken to them on everyday topics and things familiar to them.
This class is designed for Learners currently in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade with proficiency in speaking and listening. The goal for this level is to build a foundation where students go beyond bilingual (speaking) to that biliteracy (reading and writing). Students will expand their vocabulary and writing skills in fun and creative ways though using a theme based approach. Students will explore topics such as current events, the environment, Korean history to expand on proficiency and express more complex thoughts and opinions both verbally and in written format.  
  • 다양한 대화 과제를 수행할 수 있다. 학교, 가정, 여가 활동 등에 관한 대부분의 가벼운 주제의 대화에 참여할 수 있고, 어느 정도 공식적인 대화도 가능하다. 제한적이긴 하지만 뉴스나 커뮤니티 관심사에 관해서도 이야기할 수 있다.
학습목표: 위와 같은 한국어 의사소통과 읽기 쓰기의 학습능력을 갖춘 학생들로 하여금, 연령과 이해력에 맞는 교육자료 (전래동화, 최신 뉴스, 다큐, 환경, 역사, 인물 이야기 등)을 통해 이야기의 줄거리와 주제, 인물의 성격을 파악하고 자신의 생각을 논리적으로 표현할 수 있게 한다. 더 높은 단계의 한국어 구사는 물론, 정확한 문장과 풍부한 내용의 글쓰기(3-4 문단 이상)를 완성한다. 수업 방식: 주제 중심의 한국어 프로그램으로 , 주제와 관련된 다양한 읽기와 동영상 자료를 통해 학생들의 흥미를 유발하고, 관련된 통합활동으로 자신의 생각을 효과적으로 표현할 수 있도록 도와준다

High School Program (Grades 9 – 12):

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“Learning Korean Through Hallyu” for High School Students in Grades 9 – 12

Our Level 1 High School class is suited for Beginning level learners. No experience required. The theme for our High School class will be “Learning Korean Through Hallyu”. Hallyu means “The Korean Wave” which includes K-Pop, K-Drama, K-Cinema, and even K-Food. Only students in grades 9th through 12th will be accepted.

High School Korean

Prerequisite: None This class is designed for High School Learners currently in 9th through 12th grade who are absolute beginners, have limited exposure to Korean, or who do not already know Hangul (Korean Alphabet). Learners will master Korean alphabet (Hangul) focusing on reading skills including pronunciation rules and to gain the basic four skills of Korean (listening, reading, writing, speaking). Learners will acquire beginner communication skills with vocabulary and basic grammar learning. Students will learn basic sentence structures (is, are, am), statements of possession and existence (have, don’t have, here, not here), and basic questions (who, what, when). Students will learn appropriate greetings and will be able to introduce themselves with basic information. Learners will become acquainted with various aspects of Korean culture and society.
Prerequisite: Returning students should enroll in this class or students who have experience with the topics covered in previous level. Students must already know Hangul and be able to sound out basic syllables. This class is designed for High School Learners currently in 9th through 12th grade. The goal of this course is to gain confidence speaking Korean and build upon all basic skills focusing. This class will cover asking basic information such as relationships, family, phone numbers, birthdays, and expressions of buying things and ordering food. Learners will acquire mid-beginner communication skills with vocabulary and basic grammar learning and the use of all the basic skills of Korean in a more complex context. Learners will be able express weekend activities using present and past tense and make appointments using specific time and location.
  • Prerequisite: Students are able to hold a conversation in Korean on familiar topics. They can read simple paragraphs and write simple sentences.
  • This class is designed for Learners currently in 9th through 12th grade with proficiency in Korean. The goal for this level is to prepare students for academic and professional level proficiency. Students will expand their Korean skills by interpreting and inferring the meaning from complex materials on a range of unfamiliar, abstract, and specialized issues that are spoken and written. Students will participate fully in discussions and debates from a variety of interests. Students will express thoughts and ideas through writing essays, short stories, and poetry.
  • 수준의 일상적인 대화나 사회적 상황을 다룰 때 편안하고 자신감 있게 대화할 수 있다. 학교, 여가, 특정 관심사, 자신 있는 분야 등과 관련된 기본적인 정보 교환을 요하는 사회적 상황들과 복잡하지 않은 과제들을 말하거나 쓸 수 있다.
  • 학습목표: 위와 같은 한국어 의사소통 능력을 갖춘 학생들로 하여금, 연령과 이해력에 맞는 교육자료 (최신 뉴스, 환경, 다큐, 역사, 인물 이야기 등)을 통해 이야기의 줄거리와 주제, 인물의 성격 파악, 정보의 핵심을 요약 정리할 수 있다. 또한 자신의 생각을 논리적으로 표현하고 설득할 수 있게 한다. 더 나아가 높은 단계의 한국어 구사는 물론, 정확한 문장과 풍부한 내용의 한글 에세이를 완성한다. 수업 방식: 주제 중심의 한국어 프로그램으로, 주제와 관련된 다양한 쟝르의 글 읽기(문학작품, 논픽션, 기사, 생활글 등)를 통해 한국어 감상력을 기르고, 관련된 주제에 대한 심층 토론으로 자신의 생각을 말과 글로 짜임새 있게 표현할 수 있도록 도와준다.
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    “Learning Korean Through Hallyu” for High School Students in Grades 9 – 12

    Winter 2024 Class Schedule

    The cost of our 10-week program is $375 plus $10 technology fee. Program includes materials that will be send via email. No additional books will be required.

    Sibling discount: Take an additional $50 off each student after the first student enrolled in either our Children or Youth classes.

    About Our Korean Program

    Our classes are aligned with ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. Our Kindergarten through 5th grade classes are at the Novice Low level based on ACTFL Proficiency Benchmarks.

    Middle School Korean Heritage Day

    Through 21st century teaching and learning methods, students will learn real world application of Korean language.  Activities and assignments will be theme-based and will include structured opportunities to practice language skills outside the classroom.

    Our small class size will enable our instructors to work on the individual needs of each student. First time learners will be taught the Korean alphabet system (Hangul), pronunciation and basic conversational usages such as greetings, self-introduction and shopping. We will then introduce grammar includes particles, verb usage, conjugations and proper use of the numbers.

    Students will be able to form longer sentences with 500 newly acquired words as they learn more complicated particles, tenses, ending forms and joining clauses. Students will be able to express personal experiences and plans on topics such as the seasons and traveling.  Teacher will used comprehension checks to ensure constant understanding. Students will be able to increase their Korean language proficiency, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

    In addition to learning the language, they will learn about aspects of Korean culture and history through activity based learning. It is our goal that students develop a sense of pride and appreciation of their Korean heritage.

    What students will learn
    In addition to knowing how to read Hangul, students will learn how to do the following.

    • I can say hello and goodbye to peers and elders.
    • I can tell someone my name and ask someone’s name.
    • I can state my age and where I live.
    • I can recite pure Korean (1-10) and Sino Korean numbers (1-1000)
    • I can ask how much something and be able to understand prices.
    • I can respond to yes/no questions.
    • I can say the date and the day of the week.
    • I can modify verbs into past, present, and future tenses
    • I can ask someone questions about where they live, what school they go to and what they like and dislike.

    If your student can ALREADY do ALL of the above, then they are ready for Korean 2.  If they can do some and not others, then they may develop a stronger foundation by attending Korean 1. 

    Class Location:

    All Classes, with the exception of Book Club Korean, will take place via Zoom. Please make sure your students have access to a computer with a camera and microphone.

    FAQ’s

    Why Learn Korean?

    Korean is an increasingly important language on the world stage. Korea has one of the world’s largest and most innovative economies. The Korean cultural impact around the world is representative of the continued growth of Asian influence in America.

    Because Korean is still not a widely taught language, there will be a shortage of Americans who can speak Korean. Learning Korean connects your child to 75 million people worldwide and will provide your child them with greater opportunities in a 21st century global environment.

    Will my child be able to earn school credit? 

    Each school district or private school varies on its policy when it comes to accepting outside coursework. It is up to the student and parent to communicate with the counselors at their school to find out what paperwork they need in order to receive foreign language credit.  We will gladly provide the necessary information upon request. Please contact your school prior to contacting us.

    Will my child’s academic learning be compromised by spending time learning Korean?

    No. Students are likely to have higher levels of academic success throughout school. When a students learns a second language, it not only activates the components of the brain that are responsible for verbal and written communication, but it also activates the areas of the brain that are directly responsible for reasoning, thinking, and numeric understanding. As a result, the student is capable of excelling in virtually every area of their academic careers.

    TERMS (Please read before registering): 

    • Fees are non-refundable (except in the case of class cancellation by KAC). Please do not register if you are unsure. 
    • Fees are non-transferable to another semester. No Credits will be given for missed classes. Since we are a nonprofit organization, we do not have the administrative capacity to handle these requests.

    Korean Classes for Children: Pre-Teens & Teenagers in Middle School – High School

    Korean Classes for Kids: Pre-Teens & Teenagers in Middle School – High School Korean classes in Irvine Korean Classes in Orange County 한국학교 한극학교

    SPRING 2021 ADULT KOREAN LANGUAGE CLASS REGISTRATION

    Irvine King Sejong Institute: We offer the only comprehensive Korean language program in Orange County.  Our adult Korean language program is designated by S. Korea as a King Sejong Institute. Check us out in the OC Register , LA Times, and NBC News! 

    March 29, 2021 – June 12, 2021 (11 Weeks)

    We’ve increased the number of weeks from 10 week to 11 weeks at no additional cost! Additionally, we offer free Special Topic drop in language and cultural classes throughout the semester. Special sessions have included: “Let’s Make Ddukboki”, “Korean Tongue Twisters” “Pronounce Like a Native Speaker” to “Korean Folk-Art”

    SPRING SESSION: ALL CLASSES WILL BE HELD ONLINE VIA ZOOM.

    Now anyone from anywhere can join our world famous Korean classes!

    Registration is NOW CLOSED.

    Add yourself to our interest list and we will notify you with as soon as our summer session is released.

    Each class runs for 2 hours during the course of the 10-week semester. Must be 16 years and over. All classes will be held online. Age exceptions will be made by approval of the Program Director, please email: info@KoreanAmericanCenter.org

    Students who can not read Korean must register in Korean Fundamentals. Classes in the same level are the same, just different time and day. Select which works best for your schedule.

    Spring Session 2021: March 29, 2021 – June 12, 2021 (11 Weeks)

    All times listed are in Pacific Standard Time unless otherwise noted 
    ClassDayTimes (Pacific Time unless otherwise noted)First Day/Last Day
    Korean Fundamentals (Absolute Beginners)Monday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM3/29-6/7
    Korean Fundamentals (Absolute Beginners)Tuesday4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (7:00 PM EST – 9:00 PM EST)3/30-6/8
    Korean Fundamentals (Absolute Beginners)Saturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (1:00 PM EST – 3:00 PM EST)4/3-6/12
    Level 1Monday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM3/29-6/7
    Level 1Tuesday4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (7:00 PM EST – 9:00 PM EST)3/30-6/8
    Level 1Saturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (1:00 PM EST – 3:00 PM EST)4/3-6/12
    Level 2Wednesday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM3/31-6/9
    Level 2Saturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (1:00 PM EST – 3:00 PM EST)4/3-6/12
    Level 3Thursday4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (7:00 PM EST – 9:00 PM EST)4/1-6/10
    Level 4Tuesday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM3/30-6/8
    Level 4Saturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (1:00 PM EST – 3:00 PM EST)4/3-6/12
    Level 5Monday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM3/29-6/7
    Level 6Wednesday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM3/31-6/9
    Level 6Saturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (1:00 PM EST – 3:00 PM EST)4/3-6/12
    Conversational Korean (Level 7+)Saturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (1:00 PM EST – 3:00 PM EST)4/3-6/12

    Various Sections within the same level are exactly the same content – only different day/times. Each class needs a minimum of 4 students to remain open. If minimum registration is not met, classes may be cancelled. Enroll now to ensure your class remains open.

    WHICH CLASS SHOULD I TAKE?

    For those students or those with absolutely no experience or very little experience in Korean should register for Korean Fundamentals. Students with a Korean heritage background who cannot read Hangul will also be asked to start with Korean Fundamentals. All other students should review our Korean Class Descriptions

    If you are still unsure which level to take, you can request a placement test by email so we can assess which level would be best. Please contact us by email to request the test. **Placement tests will only take place during registration period.***

    BOOKS: This must be purchased separately. We will be using books by King Sejong Institute. Each book will be used for multiple levels.

    Books can be purchased on the first day of class for $25

    • Korean Made Easy for Starters Class: Optional for Korean Fundamentals
    • Sejong Korean Conversation 1 by King Sejong Institute Foundation Publishing Classes: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3
    • Sejong Korean Conversation 2 by King Sejong Institute Foundation Publishing Classes: Level 4 and Level 5:
    • Sejong Korean Conversation 3 by King Sejong Institute Foundation Publishing Classes: Conversation (Level 7+)

    TERMS (Please read before registering): 

    • FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE (except in the case of class cancellation by KAC). Please do not register if you are unsure. 
    • Fees are non-transferable to another semester. No Credits will be given for missed classes. Since we are a nonprofit organization, we do not have the administrative capacity to handle these requests.
    • Fees do not include books. Books can either be purchased through Korean American Center. Instructions on book purchase will be provided upon registration.
    • Fees may be tax deductible, talk to your financial advisor for details.
    • Checks can be made out to: “Korean American Center
    • Fees must be paid prior to the beginning of class. Registration is not considered complete unless fees are fully paid. 

    Children’s Korean Classes

    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR 2024 WINTER

    Please register for our WINTER 2024 KAC Kids & Youth Korean School 한글학교 .

    January 8, 2024 – March 13, 2024

    Our classes are dynamic LIVE CLASS – this is not a self-study course nor is it module based learning.  Our interactive classes are designed for young Korean learners.

    We are the only institute in nation to receive designation by BOTH the United States government and the Korean government for the teaching of Korean language. Our classes have been featured on NBC News America and in various other media outlets.

    Since Korean American Center is a designated King Sejong Institute, all our instructors are certified by the South Korean Government to teach Korean as a foreign language.

    We’re offering our FUN KOREAN Children’s program for Grades Kindergarten to 5th grade. For 6th grade and beyond, please visit our Youth Korean Program page.

    Did you know that Korean is considered a “critical language” according to the United States government? “Critical language” is a term used in the to designate languages for which there is large demand for language professionals but little supply. We believe the earlier children learn Korean, the better positioned they will be for the future. Class Size is limited!

     한국어로 더 자세한 정보를 원하시면 한국일보 2019년 8월 20일 자 기사를 참고하세요. 클릭

    WINTER 2024 CLASS SCHEDULE

    January 8, 2024 – March 13, 2024

    The cost of our 10-week program is $375 plus $10 technology fee. Program includes materials that will be send via email. No additional books will be required.

    Sibling discount: Take an additional $50 off each student after the first student enrolled in either our Children or Youth classes.

    Our Kindergarten through 8th grade classes will be held twice per week We have found that for young beginning level Korean learners, students learn and retain more when classes are held twice per week, versus the same amount of time once per week.

    Class Day(s)ime (PST unless noted)First Day/
    Last Day
    Format
    K-2nd Grade-Level0(Absolute Beginner)Monday & Wednesday3:00 PM (6:00 PM EST) – 3:45 PM (6:45 PM EST)January 8, 2024- March 13, 2024Zoom
    K-2nd Grade- Level1 (over 2nd & 3rd quarter took )Monday & Wednesday3:00 PM (6:00 PM EST) – 3:45 PM (6:45 PM EST)January 8, 2024- March 13, 2024Zoom
    K-2nd Grade-Level2 (over 4th quarter took )Monday & Wednesday3:00 PM (6:00 PM EST) – 3:45 PM (6:45 PM EST)January 8, 2024- March 13, 2024Zoom
    1st-3rd Grade- Level0 (Absolute Beginner)Tuesday & Thursday3:00 PM (6:00 PM EST) – 3:45 PM (6:45 PM EST)January 8, 2024- March 13, 2024Zoom
    3rd-5th Grade- Level0 (Absolute Beginner)Monday & Wednesday4:00 PM (7:00 PM EST) – 4:45 PM (7:45 PM EST)January 8, 2024- March 13, 2024Zoom
    3rd-5th Grade- Level1(over 2nd & 3rd quarter took class)Monday & Wednesday4:00 PM (7:00 PM EST) – 4:45 PM (7:45 PM EST)January 8, 2024- March 13, 2024Zoom
    3rd-5th Grade- Level2(over 4th quarter took class)Monday & Wednesday4:00 PM (7:00 PM EST) – 4:45 PM (7:45 PM EST)January 8, 2024- March 13, 2024Zoom
    3rd-5th Grade- Level3(over 5th quarter took class)Monday & Wednesday4:00 PM (7:00 PM EST) – 4:45 PM (7:45 PM EST)January 8, 2024- March 13, 2024Zoom
    6th-12th Grade- Level0 ( Absolute Beginner)Monday & Wednesday5:00 PM (8:00 PM EST) – 5:45 PM (8:45 PM EST)January 8, 2024- March 13, 2024Zoom
    6th-12th Grade- Level1(2nd & 3rd quarter more took class)Monday & Wednesday5:00 PM (8:00 PM EST) – 5:45 PM (8:45 PM EST)January 8, 2024- March 13, 2024Zoom
    6th-12th Grade- Level2(4th quarter more took class)Monday & Wednesday5:00 PM (8:00 PM EST) – 5:45 PM (8:45 PM EST)January 8, 2024- March 13, 2024Zoom
    6th-12th Grade- Level 3 (5th quarter more took class)Monday & Wednesday5:00 PM (8:00 PM EST) – 5:45 PM (8:45 PM EST)January 8, 2024- March 13, 2024Zoom
    1st-3rd Grade-Level 0 (Absolute Beginner)Thursday4:30 PM – 6:00 PM (PST)January 11, 2024- March 14, 2024In Person
    4th-6th Grade-Level 0 (Absolute Beginner)Tuesday4:30 PM – 6:00 PM (PST)January 9, 2024- March 12, 2024In Person
    1st-3rd Grade (Level 1)Thursday4:30 PM – 6:00 PM (PST)January 11, 2024- March 14, 2024In Person
    4th-6th Grade (Level 1)Tuesday4:30 PM – 6:00 PM (PST)January 9, 2024- March 12, 2024In Person
    ClassDay(s)Time
    (PST unless noted)
    First Day/
    Last Day
    Format
    6th-12th Grade-Level0(Absolute Beginner)Saturday10:00 AM (1:00 PM EST) – 11:30 PM (2:30 PM EST)3:00 PM (6:00 PM EST) – 4:30 PM (7:30 PM EST)Zoom
    6th-12th Grade-Learn Korean with short story bookSaturday1:00 PM (4:00 PM EST) 2:30 PM (5:30 PM EST)3:00 PM (6:00 PM EST) – 4:30 PM (7:30 PM EST)Zoom
    6th-12th Grade-Learn Korean with Long story bookSaturday3:00 PM (6:00 PM EST) – 4:30 PM (7:30 PM EST)3:00 PM (6:00 PM EST) – 4:30 PM (7:30 PM EST)Zoom

    For 6th grade and beyond, please visit our Youth Korean Program page.

    About Our Program

    Our classes are aligned with ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. Our Kindergarten through 5th grade classes are at the Novice Low level based on ACTFL Proficiency Benchmarks.

    Through 21st century teaching and learning methods, students will learn real world application of Korean language.  Each developmentally appropriate class will offer theme-based learning activities and will include opportunities to practice language skills.

    What Will Students Learn?

    All students will be taught the Korean alphabet system (Hangul), pronunciation and basic conversational usages such as greetings, and self-introduction using methods that are appropriate to their age. All classes will weave in aspects of Korean heritage and culture.


    In addition to knowing how to read Hangul, students will learn how to do the following. Early age classes will utilize enriched play method, a playgroup-style with songs and games, making Korean language learning fun and hands-on. Through a creative curriculum, our program will help children develop Korean language skills, through social interaction, Children will explore colors, counting, family, body parts, animals and simple phrases.

    • I can say hello and goodbye to peers and elders.
    • I can tell someone my name and ask someone’s name.
    • I can state my age and where I live.
    • I can recite pure Korean (1-10) and Sino Korean numbers (1-1000)
    • I can ask how much something and be able to understand prices.
    • I can respond to yes/no questions.
    • I can say the date and the day of the week.
    • I can modify verbs into past, present, and future tenses
    • I can ask someone questions about where they live, what school they go to and what they like and dislike.

    Through incorporating 21st century technology, Students will be able to increase their Korean language proficiency, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

    In addition to learning the language, students will learn about aspects of Korean culture and history through activity based learning. It is our goal that students develop a sense of pride and appreciation of their Korean heritage.

    Korean American Center is a proud member of ACTFL

    Class Location:

    Classes will take place via Zoom. Please make sure your students have access to a computer with a camera and microphone.

    FAQ’s

    Why Learn Korean?

    Korean is an increasingly important language on the world stage. Korea has one of the world’s largest and most innovative economies. The Korean cultural impact around the world is representative of the continued growth of Asian influence in America.

    Because Korean is still not a widely taught language, there will be a shortage of Americans who can speak Korean. Learning Korean connects your child to 75 million people worldwide and will provide your child them with greater opportunities in a 21st century global environment.

    Will learning a second language be confusing for my child? 

    No. Learning a second language does not cause language confusion, language delay or cognitive deficit, which have been concerns in the past. In fact, according to studies at the Cornell Language Acquisition Lab (CLAL), students who learn a second language can maintain attention despite outside stimuli better than children who know only one language.  Students in the process of learning a second language that have been evaluated on standardized testing procedures used in schools, received higher scores in more than just the verbal aspect of the tests. They also scored higher in math.

    Will my child’s academic learning be compromised by spending time learning Korean?

    No. Students are likely to have higher levels of academic success throughout school. When a students learns a second language, it not only activates the components of the brain that are responsible for verbal and written communication, but it also activates the areas of the brain that are directly responsible for reasoning, thinking, and numeric understanding. As a result, the student is capable of excelling in virtually every area of their academic careers.

    3 WEEK SPECIAL COURSES

    We are offering special courses as we wait for our regular session to begin in January. This time, we are offering three new special course offering.

    Register TODAY as class sizes are limited.
    Classes Suited for all levels. Prerequisite:
     Korean Fundamentals or equivalent experience (ability to read Hangul and understand sentence structure)

    All classes $89 + $5 Material Fee.

    Korean for Travel
    Tuesdays, December 3, 10, 17 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM 

    In this course, students will learn practical Korean through a virtual trip to Korea. Students will experience various situations that they would face in Korea, and will explore aspects of Korean culture. Students will simulate various travel situations including planning their own trips.

    Learning Korean Though TV Shows & Film: 
    Wednesdays, December 4, 11, 18 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    This short course students will learn Korean phrases through watching film clips and Korean variety shows. Students will learn phrases, idioms, and slang terms used by everyday Koreans. 

    Korean Through Food and Shopping: 
    Saturdays, December 7, 14, 21 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Students will learn different phrases that are needed in various shopping situations ranging from going to a grocery store, a department store, and traditional Korean market. Students will learn about ordering various types of food at a Korean restaurant. Lastly, students will read a recipe to make a simple Korean dish using prepared ingredients.

    FALL 2019 ADULT KOREAN LANGUAGE CLASS REGISTRATION

    Irvine King Sejong Institute: We offer the only comprehensive Korean language program in Orange County.  Our adult Korean language program is designated by S. Korea as a King Sejong Institute. Check us out in the OC Register , LA Times, and NBC News! 

    Fall Session I: September 7 – November 13 (10 Weeks) – REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED – Add yourself to our interest list for Winter 2020 beginning in January. We will inform you as soon as registration is open.

    Each class runs for 2 hours during the course of the 10-week semester for only $199! Must be 16 years and over. We invite those younger to join our youth classes. All Classes held at: Korean American Center, 18 Truman, Irvine, CA 92620

    Students who can not read Korean must register in Korean Fundamentals.Classes in the same level are the same, just different time and day. Select which works best for your schedule. 

    Fall Session I: September 7 – November 9

    ClassDay Times
    Korean Fundamentals – SatSaturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Korean Fundamentals – WedWednesday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Level 1 – Sat Saturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Level 1 – TueTuesday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Level 2 – SatSaturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Level 2 – WedWednesday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Level 3 – SatSaturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Level 3 – Mon Monday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Level 4 Saturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Level 5 Saturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Level 6Saturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Fall Session II: October 7- December 9

    ClassDayTimes
    Korean Fundamentals – MonMonday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    Each class needs a minimum of 4 students to remain open. If minimum registration is not met, classes may be cancelled. Enroll now to ensure your class remains open. 

    WHICH CLASS SHOULD I TAKE?

    For those students or those with absolutely no experience or very little experience in Korean should register for Korean Fundamentals. Students with a Korean heritage background who cannot read Hangul will also be asked to start with Korean Fundamentals. All other students should review ourKorean Class Descriptions

    If you are still unsure which level to take, you can request a placement test by email so we can assess which level would be best. Please contact us by email to request the test.

    BOOKS: We will be using books by King Sejong Institute. Each book will be used for multiple levels.

    Books can be purchased on the first day of class for $25

    • Sejong Korean Conversation 1 by King Sejong Institute Foundation Publishing Classes: Korean Fundamentals, Level 1, and Level 2
    • Sejong Korean Conversation 2 by King Sejong Institute Foundation Publishing Classes: Level 3 and Level 4:
    • Sejong Korean Conversation 3 by King Sejong Institute Foundation Publishing Classes: Level 5 and Level 6.

    TERMS (Please read before registering): 

    • FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE (except in the case of class cancellation by KAC). Please do not register if you are unsure. 
    • Fees are non-transferable to another semester. No Credits will be given for missed classes. Since we are a nonprofit organization, we do not have the administrative capacity to handle these requests.
    • Fees do not include books. Books can either be purchased through Korean American Center. We only accept cash and checks only for book purchases.
    • Fees may be tax deductible, talk to your financial advisor for details.
    • Checks can be made out to: “Korean American Center
    • Fees must be paid prior to the beginning of class. Registration is not considered complete unless fees are fully paid. 

    SPRING & SUMMER 2019 ADULT KOREAN LANGUAGE CLASS REGISTRATION

    Irvine King Sejong Institute: We offer the only comprehensive Korean language program in Orange County.  Our adult Korean language program is now designated by S. Korea as a King Sejong Institute. Check us out in the OC Register , LA Times, and NBC News! 

    SPRING: April 6, 2019 – June 20, 2019 (10 Weeks) (No Class Saturday 4/20 and Monday 5/27) –

    SUMMER SESSION I: June 4, 2019 – August 6, 2019 (10 Weeks) – Registration is closed

    SUMMER II 2019 SESSION: Saturdays, June 29, 2019 – August 31, 2019 (10 Weeks) – Registration is closed

    Please add yourself to our interest list and we will notify you when registration opens for our Fall semester which starts in September.

    NEW CLASSES!!

    This semester, we are offering 2 new Korean language courses: Professional (Formal) Korean and Korean for Travel.

    Professional/Business Korean: Take your Korean to the next level!! This class will be conducted using only formal Korean 존댓말.  This level is used beyond business settings, but also the level used when first meeting someone, when speaking to customers, elders, superiors, and when delivering presentations. It is the form used in the military, in many workplaces, and in news broadcasts.  The goal of this course is to develop high communicative skills and to acquire further comprehension ability in a more formal situations. Students will use the formal “I” form 저, will learn to make a statement using ~ㅂ니다,  ask a question ~ㅂ니까?, make a request using ~십시오, and  express a proposition or expression using ~ㅂ시다. Prerequisite: Level 2 or equivalent proficiency.

    Korean for Travel: Students will learn expressions, vocabulary, and conversation dialogues for various traveling situations that may occur between the student’s arrival to Korea through departure. Topics include transportation, accommodations, meals, shopping, pop culture, and sight seeing. Students will also learn about essential cultural and travel information.  Prerequisite: Level 1 or have equivalent proficiency.  

    Each class runs for 2 hours during the course of the 10-week semester for only $199!

    SPRING SCHEDULE: April 6, 2019 – June 20, 2019 (No Classes on Saturday April 20th and Monday, May 27th)

    Students who can not read Korean must register in Korean Fundamentals.

    Spring 2019 Class OfferingDay Times
    Korean Fundamentals – SatSaturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Korean Fundamentals – MonMonday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Level 1 – SatSaturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Level 1 – WedWednesday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Level 2 – SatSaturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Level 2 – MonMonday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Level 3 – Saturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Level 4 Saturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Level 5 Saturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Professional KoreanThursday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    Classes in the same level are the same, just different time and day. Select which works best for your schedule.

    *No Classes on Saturday, April 20th. No Classes Monday, May 27th. All sections within a level are exactly the same – only the day and time are different. All classes will be in Irvine. 

    Classes held at: Korean American Center, 18 Truman, Irvine, CA 92620

    Each class needs a minimum of 4 students to remain open. If minimum registration is not met, classes may be cancelled. Enroll now to ensure your class remains open. 

    PLACEMENT:   For those students or those with no experience or background in Korean will automatically be placed in Korean Fundamentals. Students with a Korean heritage background who cannot read Hangul will also be asked to start with Korean Fundamentals.

    All other students should review our Korean Class Descriptions

    If you are still unsure which level to take, you can request a placement test by email so we can assess which level would be best. Please contact us by email to request the test.

    BOOKS: We will be using books by King Sejong Institute. Each book will be used for multiple levels.

    Books can be purchased on the first day of class for $25

    • Classes: Korean Fundamentals, Level 1, and Level 2 Sejong Korean Conversation 1 by King Sejong Institute Foundation Publishing
    • Classes: Level 3 and Level 4: Sejong Korean Conversation 2 by King Sejong Institute Foundation Publishing
    • Classes: Level 5: Sejong Korean Conversation 3 by King Sejong Institute Foundation Publishing
    • Korean for Travel: 여행 한국어 by King Sejong Institute Foundation Publishing

    TERMS (Please read before registering): 

    • Registration is not complete until payment is received.
    • FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE (except in the case of class cancellation by KAC). Please do not register if you are unsure. 
    • Fees are non-transferable to another semester. No Credits will be given for missed classes. Since we are a nonprofit organization, we do not have the administrative capacity to handle these requests.
    • Fees do not include books. Books can either be purchased through Korean American Center. We only accept cash and checks only for book purchases.
    • Fees may be tax deductible, talk to your financial advisor for details.
    • Checks can be made out to: “Korean American Center
    • Fees must be paid prior to the beginning of class. Registration is not considered complete unless fees are fully paid.