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한국어

Korean Language Program

The Korean language offers you a window to a dynamic culture and history more than 2000 years old. Korea has been a unified nation since the 7th century. Today, Korea is a vital and thriving economic, technological and industrial center in Asia. Its culture incorporates a blend of religions, ideologies and traditions from East and West.

Korean is spoken by sixty-eight million people in South and North Korea, and also by millions of people in China, Japan, North America, Russia and other parts of the world.

Learning Korean is a unique linguistic experience. While it shares some common structural characteristics with Japanese, Korean has a distinct phonological system and a unique writing system. The Korean writing system Hangul has been referred to as "one of the great intellectual achievements of humankind." It takes about a week or two to learn the deceptively simple and convenient system that encodes the entire language.

Korean Language Placement Guidelines

How to Use the Self-Placement Guidelines

Welcome to the Korean Language Program!  The guidelines are to help you identify a course which will optimize your experience and success in learning Korean. Self-placement has to be approved by the instructor, and to avoid confusion in the first week of class, students with prior knowledge of Korean are strongly recommended to contact the coordinator (Hae-Young Kim), before enrolling. Please select the sentence below that best describes your experience in Korean, and continue with the choices found therein.

1. I have never studied or been exposed to Korean.  
2. My parents speak Korean to me.
3. I speak Korean with my parents.
4. I was born in Korea and left the country after the age of 6.
5. I attended secondary school in Korea.
 

1. I have never studied or been exposed to Korean.  → Enroll in KOR 101

 
2. My parents speak Korean to me.

Sometimes they do, but I hardly understand them. 
→ Enroll in KOR 101

I understand them, but cannot speak well. I know Hangul but do not understand what I read. 
→ Enroll in KOR 102
 

 
3. I speak Korean with my parents. I can communicate about basic things in Korean with some effort, and can read and understand sentences slowly. 
→ Enroll in KOR 203

I can speak everyday Korean fairly fluently, and am able to read and write simple passages. 
→ Enroll in KOR 204

 
4. I was born in Korea and left the country after the age of 6.

I attended Korean elementary school for less than 2 years.
→ Enroll in KOR 305 or higher

I attended Korean elementary school for more than 3 years and less than 6 years. 
→ Enroll in KOR 306 or higher

I attended international school, and never had schooling in Korean. 
→ Enroll in KOR 306 or higher

 
5. I attended secondary school in Korea. I completed elementary school and attended middle school for less than 2 years. 
→ Enroll in KOR 407 or 408.

I completed middle school in Korea, but went to elementary school outside of Korea. 
→ Enroll in KOR 407 or 408.

I completed most of elementary and secondary schooling in Korea.
→ Enroll in KOR  455 Korean Politics and Society: Academic Reading and Writing (Offered in the spring). 

 

Korean Language Coordinator

Hae-Young Kim

Korean Program Faculty

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