Youth Korean Language Classes 청소년반

A Fun and Engaging Korean Class for Our Youth

Registration is CLOSED for Middle and High School.

Please add yourself to our interest list and we’ll notify you as soon as our schedule is released.

WINTER/Spring: January 18, 2020 – May 21, 2020 (17 weeks total)

MIDDLE SCHOOL (6th – 8th grade)

High SCHOOL (9th – 12th grade)

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


Middle School Program (Grades 6 – 8):

Students who have little to no experience with Korean should register for Beginner Korean. This class begins with learning Korean alphabet. Those with experience or have attended previous class with us, including STARTALK, should register for Korean Novice Mid/High. (Novice High Students should be able to do the following: “I can share the time and date of an upcoming event; I can recognize the order of events from a story timeline; I can understand directions for setting the table; I can exchange preferences with my friends about our likes and dislikes.”)

High School Program (Grades 9 – 12):

This class is suited for all levels of novice learners – those with no experience though novice Mid.

Winter/Spring Class Schedule

Weekend and Weekday class options available! No classes the week of March 30 – April 4th for Spring Break.

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

ClassDayTimeFirst Class/Last Class
6-8th Grade: Beginner KoreanSaturday1:30-3:30pmJanuary 18, 2020 – May 16, 2020
6-8th Grade: Beginner KoreanThursday4-6pmJanuary 23, 2020 – May 21, 2020
6-8th Grade: Novice Mid/HighSaturday1:30-3:30pmJanuary 18, 2020 – May 16, 2020
6-8th Grade: Novice Mid/HighTuesday4-6pmJanuary 21, 2020 – May 19, 2020
9-12th Grade: Beginne KoreanSaturday1:30-3:30pmJanuary 18, 2020 – May 16, 2020

About Our Korean Program

The classes will be based on the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. 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.

Each class will meet weekly.  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:

Classes will take place at the Korean American Center
18 Truman St, Suite #208
Irvine, CA 92620


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? 

At the end of each semester, the student will receive a certificate from the the Korean American Center which will state the student received 38 hours of instruction. Students will also receive a grade for the class. It is up to the student and parent to communicate with the counselors at their school to find out what paperwork they need to receive foreign language credit.  We will gladly provide the necessary information upon request.

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.

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.

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 volunteer run organization, we do not have the administrative capacity to handle these requests.
  • Checks can be made out to: “Korean American Center

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Posted on: December 23, 2019