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STARTALK IMMERSION PROGRAM

Interest list for 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.

INTEREST LIST FOR 2023

The Korean American Center will host a STARTALK Korean Immersion Program for rising 7th – 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 9, 2023, to May 27, 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.

Students who attend our 2022 summer camp will be given priority for the 2023 STARTALK program. 

2023 Program Dates (tentative)* 

Winter/Spring 2023: Pre-camp Activities

  • January 7, 2023 – May 27, 2023
  • 2 hour weekly classes on Saturdays 

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 Saturdays

*Final schedule pending final approval by NSA. 

A total of 132 instructional hours will be completed. 

Application Due: TBD
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. 

*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
  1. 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

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Children’s Fun Korean Classes (FALL 2022)

Registration is now CLOSED for our Fall Session Korean Classes

Please add yourself to our interest to be notified when registration begins for Winter 2023 beginning in January.

Fall Session 2022: September 10, 2022 – November 21, 2022

COVID UPDATE: As a result of the global pandemic, all classes, with the exception of our “Book Club” level class, 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.

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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.

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.

Fall 2022 CLASS SCHEDULE

Saturday Sep 10, 2022 – November 17, 2022

Most of our weekday 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.

ClassDay(s)Time (PST unless noted)First Day/Last DayFormat
PreK/TK (4yr-5yr) – 30 minMonday & Wednesday1:00 PM (4:00 PM EST) – 1:30 PM (4:30 PM EST)September 12, 2022- November 16, 2022Zoom
K-1st Grade-New Students – Session AMonday & Wednesday2:00 PM (5:00 PM EST) – 2:45 PM (5:45 PM EST)September 12, 2022- November 16, 2022Zoom
K-1st Grade-New Students – Session BTuesday & Thursday2:00 PM (5:00 PM EST) – 2:45 PM (5:45 PM EST)September 13, 2022- November 17, 2022Zoom
K-1st Grade-Continuing SessionMonday & Wednesday2:00 PM (5:00 PM EST) – 2:45 PM (5:45 PM EST)September 12, 2022- November 16, 2022Zoom
K-2nd Grade-Continuing Session (IN PERSON)Tuesday3:15 PM – 4:30 PMSeptember 13, 2022 – November 15, 2022In Person
2nd – 3rd New StudentsMonday & Wednesday3:00 PM (6:00 PM EST) – 3:45 PM (6:45 PM EST)September 12, 2022- November 16, 2022Zoom
2nd – 3rd Continuing StudentsMonday & Wednesday3:00 PM (6:00 PM EST) – 3:45 PM (6:45 PM EST)September 12, 2022- November 16, 2022Zoom
3rd – 5th Grade-Continuing (IN PERSON)Thursday3:15 PM – 4:30 PMSeptember 15, 2022- November 17, 2022In Person
4th – 5th Grade – NEWMonday & Wednesday4:00 PM (7:00 PM EST) – 4:45 PM (7:45 PM EST)September 12, 2022- November 9, 2022Zoom
4th – 5th Grade – ContinuingTuesday & Thursday5:00 PM (8:00 PM EST) – 5:45 PM (8:45 PM EST)September 13, 2022- November 17, 2022Zoom
5th – 8th Grade-NEW STUDENTSSaturday1:00 PM (4:00 PM EST) – 2:30 PM (5:30 PM EST)September 10, 2022 – November 12, 2022Zoom
6th – 8th Grade- Continuing – Session ASaturday10:00 AM (1:00 PM EST) – 11:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST)September 10, 2022 – November 12, 2022Zoom
6th – 8th Grade- Continuing – Session BMonday & Wednesday5:00 PM (8:00 PM EST) – 5:45 PM (8:45 PM EST)September 12, 2022- November 9, 2022Zoom
9th – 12th Grade NEWSaturday3:00 PM (6:00 PM EST) – 4:30 PM (7:30 PM EST)September 10, 2022 – November 12, 2022Zoom
ClassDay(s)Time (PST unless noted)First Day/Last DayFormat
5th – 8th Grade-NEW STUDENTSSaturday1:00 PM (4:00 PM EST) – 2:30 PM (5:30 PM EST)September 10, 2022 – November 12, 2022Zoom
6th – 8th Grade- Continuing – Session ASaturday10:00 AM (1:00 PM EST) – 11:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST)September 10, 2022 – November 12, 2022Zoom
9th – 12th Grade NEWSaturday3:00 PM (6:00 PM EST) – 4:30 PM (7:30 PM EST)September 10, 2022 – November 12, 2022Zoom

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The cost of our 10-week program is $325 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.

Description of Classes

Winter 2022 Children & Youth

Accordion Sample DescriptionPrerequisite: None 4 or 5 years olds who are not currently in Kindergarten. This class is suited for absolute beginners or those with some Korean exposure. The goal of this course is to familiarize learners with Korean language and develop a level of comfort with the language. Learners will develop basic language foundational skills through stories, rhymes, and songs. Learners will be exposed to numbers and words for vocabulary expansion. Learners will gain an understanding of meaning and use of words. Students will develop phonological awareness and manipulate sounds that make up the Korean language. Class duration: 30 minutes
  • ACTFL: Novice Low
  • Prerequisite: None
This class is designed for Learners currently in Kindergarten or 1st grade who are absolute beginners, those with limited exposure to Korean, or who do not already know Hangul (Korean Alphabet). The goal of this course is to familiarize the learners with Korean language and to develop a level of comfort with the language. Learners will develop basic language foundational skills through stories, rhymes, and songs. Learners will be exposed to numbers and words for vocabulary expansion. Learners will gain an understanding of meaning and use of words and learn basic sentence patterns that students can build upon. Students will learn basic vowels and consonants, stroke patterns, read basic syllables, express likes and dislikes, native and sino numbers. Questions such as who (누구), what (뭐), where (어디) will be covered.
  • ACTFL: Novice Mid
  • Prerequisite: Returning students should enroll in this class or students who have proficiency in the topics covered in the first session. Students must already recognize basic vowels and consonants of Hangul.
This class is designed for Learners currently in Kindergarten or 1st grade who have had exposure to Korean and have been introduced to Hangul. Learners will expand on topics introduced in previous levels by expressing how old they are, reinforcing basic greetings, and reciting native Korean and Sino numbers. Students will expand their knowledge and be able to ask questions such as those involving numbers (몇), how (어떻게), what (무슨), which (어떤). Students will expand on Hangul such as double vowels, double consonants, and batchim syllables. Learners will be able to follow age appropriate instructions and routines in Korean, understand basic directions, and express what they like and dislike.
  • ACTFL: Novice Low
  • Prerequisite: None
This class is designed for Learners currently in 2nd, 3rd or 4th grades who are absolute beginners, those with limited exposure to Korean, or who do not already know Hangul (Korean Alphabet). Learners will learn how to match sound with letters, stroke pattern, basic syllable, name, and words. The goal of this course is to familiarize the learners with Korean language and to develop a level of comfort with the language. Learners will develop basic language foundational skills through stories, rhymes, and songs. Learners will learn Sino and Native numbers and words for vocabulary expansion. Learners will learn basic sentence patterns to state existence or possession. Students will learn basic greetings, express likes and dislikes, express how old they are, and understand questions such as who (누구), what (뭐), where (어디). Students will be introduced to the Korean keyboard.
  • ACTFL: Novice Mid
  • Prerequisite: Returning students should enroll in this class or students who have proficiency in the topics covered in Level 1. Students must already know Hangul and be able to sound out basic syllables.
This class is designed for Learners currently in 2nd or 3rd grade with previous experience in learning the Korean language. Learners will have exposure to more complex syllables and will build upon previous knowledge of Native and Sino numbers by learning math equations, counting items (개), people (명), and animals (마리), expressing dates and times, Learners will be able to follow age appropriate instructions and routines in Korean, understand basic directions, and express what they like to do and when they like to do it, and can understand the time and date when plans are discussed. Students will be able to talk about what they did using past, Students will be differentiate when speaking to someone older than them (존댓말).
  • ACTFL: Novice Mid
  • 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 Learners currently in 4th or 5th grade with previous experience in learning the Korean language. The goal is to gain confidence in using the Korean language and build upon basic sentence patterns. Learners will be introduced to more adjectives and it’s grammar rules in order to expand on basic sentences. Students will expand their knowledge and be able to ask questions such as those involving numbers (몇), how (어떻게), what (무슨), which (어떤). Learners will be able to express differences and similarities and make comparisons by using 하고 and 달라요. Learners will be able to understand dates, times, seasons when schedules and routines are discussed. Learners will be able to recite mathematical operations and use the appropriate counting words for things, people, and animals. Students will be able to talk about weekend activities using present and past tense.
  • ACTFL: Novice Low
  • Prerequisite: None
This class is designed for Learners currently in 5th, 6th, 7th, or 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.
일상적이고 생활적인 한국어 대화가 가능하고, 간단한 주제의 한국어 읽기, 쓰기를 할 수 있다. 가족, 친구, 좋아하는 것 등, 친숙한 주제의 자료를 읽고 중심 생각을 파악하고 표현할 수 있다. 학습목표: 기본적인 한국어 의사소통과 읽기 쓰기의 학습능력을 갖춘 학생들로 하여금, 연령과 이해력에 맞는 교육자료 (전래동화, 어린이 뉴스, 환경, 역사 인물 이야기 등)을 통해 이야기의 줄거리와 주제, 인물의 성격을 파악하고 자신의 생각을 효과적으로 표현할 수 있게 한다. 더 높은 단계의 한국어 구사는 물론, 정확한 문장과 풍부한 내용의 글쓰기(2-3 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 Prerequisite: Students who are able to speak and comprehend Korean on a casual basis on everyday topics. Must be able to read and write simple sentences. **The class will be conducted completely in Korean.***
  • ACTFL: Novice Mid
  • 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.
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About Our Program 한국학교

Our classes are aligned with ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. Our classes, unless otherwise noted, are at the Novice Low and Novice Mid level based on ACTFL Proficiency Benchmarks.

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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.

Class Location:

All Classes, with the exception of our Book Club Korean 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.

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.
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