Special Programs

Children’s Korean Classes

In January 2018, we will be opening Korean language classes for children ages 4 (Pre-K) through 12 years old (5th grade) in Irvine.  This is in addition to our popular Korean Youth Program, for students in middle and high school.

Did you know that Korean is considered a “critical language” according to the United States government? “Critical language” is a term used in the US 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.

Join our interest list and we will notify you as soon as the schedule is released. 

           

About Our 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.  Each developmentally appropriate class will offer theme-based learning activities and will include opportunities to practice language skills.

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.

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. 

Later age programs will be introduced to grammar includes particles, verb usage, conjugations and proper use of the numbers. Through our program, students will be able to form longer sentences with 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, 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 ACFTL

Class Location:

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

Learn Korean Through K-Dramas

Korean American Center is offering a special three week “Learn Korean Through K-Drama” class. This Korean class is designed to expand your Korean language skills through dramas in a fun and entertaining way. Classes will begin November  28, 2017 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM in Irvine. 

K-Dramas is the one of the biggest trends in the world that connects people to the Korean culture and lifestyle.

If you LOVE Korean Dramas, then you will LOVE this Korean language class!

Watching Korean dramas are a great way to learn the Korean language and culture. In class, we will watch segments of popular Korean dramas, learn to recite a few lines from various scenes, and learn new grammar and vocabulary. Students must be willing to perform a brief skit in front of a small audience at the end of the three weeks.

Learning Through Dramas is Fun! 

Not only is learning through dramas is fun, but it’s also an great way to learn:

  • Korean vocabulary
  • Korean grammar
  • Korean conversation
  • Korean contractions
  • Korean expressions and catchy phrases
  • Korean culture and lifestyle

This class has been designed for ALL Levels! Whether you’re a beginning learner or advanced – this class will be perfect!

Please note: this class will not teach Hangul (Korean Alphabet).  You must already know Hangul in order to take this class

When Are Classes?

Classes will run every Tuesdays from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM for three weeks.
1. Tuesday, November 28, 2017
2. Tuesday, December 5, 2017
3. Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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

How Much? 
The entire 3 week session is $49.
 plus a $5 material fee.  All proceeds for this program go to support the Korean American Center.  Registration is limited, so register today.

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 volunteer run organization, we do not have the administrative capacity to handle these requests.
  • This class is intended for those who already know Hangul, if you do not know Hangul, please do not register for this class. We would love to have you attend our Korean Fundamentals Class in January. ♥

The Korean American Center’s “Learning Korean Through K-Dramas” Class is a FUN and CREATIVE way to learn Korean!

Power Korean Vocabulary Class

Korean American Center is offering a special three week “Power Vocabulary” class designed to expand your Korean vocabulary through Sino-Korean root words, or Hanja. 

Classes will run from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM for three weeks.
1. Wednesday, November 29, 2017
2. Wednesday, December 6, 2017
3. Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Why study Hanja? Sino-Korean or Hanja(Korean: 한자, Hanja: 漢字) is the Korean name for Chinese characters.  Sino-Korean words today make up about 60% of the Korean vocabulary. Having a little background knowledge in Sino root words will give you clearer understanding about the Korean language. Since many Korean words are derived from Hanja even knowing some basic words can greatly increase your vocabulary and knowledge of Korean.

This class will not be focused on writing Hanja, but rather learning Sino-Korean root words that will help you understand more Korean words. 

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STARTALK Korean Summer Program 2018

Interest list now forming for STARTALK* Summer 2018 Korean Heritage Language Immersion Program for Middle School Student Hosted by Korean American Center and UCI

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The Korean American Center in partnership with UCI’s Center for Critical Korean Studies, will host a summer middle school immersion program for heritage language learners. The program will be designed to build comprehensive language skills and improve students’ knowledge of Korean through classroom immersion and will be based on the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. The program will be designed for Korean heritage learners going into the 6th through 8th grades in the fall of 2018.  These students possess varying degrees of language proficiency from novice to intermediate, will gain literacy; expand their reading skills and comprehension, and increase their speaking and listening skills. Class size will be limited. Students will receive a letter of completion from UCI and will receive United States Congressional recognition. 

This program will run for 4 weeks (July 9, 2018 – August 3, 2018), Mondays through Fridays from 9:00AM-2:00PM. A total of 100 instructional hours will be completed.  This program will focus on students being able to:

  1. experience Korean language immersion in the classroom
  2. communicate in Korean in real-world circumstances,
  3. use vocabulary learned from real-world contexts,
  4. understand impact traditional culture and values has on the language.
  5. foster an appreciation of their Korean cultural heritage and instill a sense of pride in their dual heritage.

Please add your name to the interest list and we will notify you when registration begins.  Class size will be limited to only a small number of students. 

*Program pending funding from the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC). 

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What is STARTALK? STARTALK is a project funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical-need foreign languages, with programs for students (K-16) and teachers. Korean is considered to be one of those critical languages.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) launched STARTALK in 2006 and delegated executive oversight of the program to the National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA in turn awarded a contract to the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland (UMD) to act as its subject matter expert in the implementation and administration of the program.

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 고등학생들을 위한 2018 스타톡 여름 한국어 교실

한미 문화원(Korean American Center)에서는 UCI’s Center for Critical Korean Studies와 함께 곧 다가올 2019년 여름, 한인 2, 3세 중학생(6학년부터 8학년까지)들을 위한 심화 한국어 수업을 개설하려고 합니다. 2019년에 진행될 스타톡 한국어 수업은 포괄적인 언어 능력을 기르고 학생들의 한국어에 대한 지식을 집중적으로 쌓을 수 있도록 고안되었습니다. 이 프로그램은 언어 학습을 위한 세계 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.

학생들은 수업 이수 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 프로젝트를 통해 친구들과의 친목을 다지고, 가족들과 유대관계를 더욱 돈독히 하게 될 것입니다. 학생들이 제작한 이 비디오 프로젝트는 스타톡 한국어 수업 마지막 날에 그동안 교실에서 진행되었을 다른 프로젝트들과 함께 상영될 것입니다.

스타톡 프로그램은 다음과 같은 부분에 초점을 두고 있습니다.

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

*성함을 명단에 기재해 주시면 프로그램 등록이 시작될 때 연락드리겠습니다.

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

 

*문의

한국어 559-906-9684
영어    949-535-3338

FALL 2017 Adult Korean Language Class Registration

Fall Session Begins: 

September 9, 2017 – November 16, 2017  

Registration Information: Registration is now closed. Please add yourself to our interest list and we will notify you as soon as our Winter 2018 schedule is released. Winter 2018 will begin in January

                         

NOTE: For the past several sessions, our Korean Fundamentals and Level 1 classes have reached maximum capacity. It is highly advised to register as soon as possible to secure your spot. 

New: Buena Park Class!

Thanks to our partner organization, Korean Community Services (KCS), we will be able to offer one of our most popular classes, Korean Fundamentals in Buena Park starting in the Fall 2017.

 

Fall 2017 Schedule and Fees:  Prices do not include book or $10 material fee. All classes take place at our Irvine location, except otherwise noted.

*Please Note: The only difference between Sections A, B and C are the DAYS and TIMES. The content is exactly the same. Section C will be in Buena Park at KCS. KCS is located at: 7212 Orangethorpe Ave, Buena Park, CA 90621

Each class needs a minimum of 3 students to remain open. If minimum registration is not met, classes may be cancelled. Enroll now to ensure your class remains open. 

  **Supplemental Practice Class is a FREE instructor led practice class for our registered students in our basic levels and a great opportunity to reinforce the class lessons through additional practice and application. Attendance is optional. Our Supplemental classes are held on Thursdays from 7:00 – 8:45 PM at facilities in Irvine. This program is made possible through the support of our generous volunteers and donors.

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 read the Class Descriptions HERE

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 have selected books we believe to be the most practical and useful books for studying Korean. You may either purchase the books directly through KAC or you may purchase on your own. If you happen to purchase on your own, please be sure to purchase the correct edition as we are using the latest editions of all the books. Please note that these books may change based on

  • Classes: Korean Fundamentals, Level 1, and Level 2 Fun & Fast Korean 1 by Darakwon Publishing – 1st Edition (4th printing March 2015) ISBN: 978-89-5995-829-0 (KAC Price: $25)
  • Classes: Level 3 and Level 4: Fun & Fast Korean 2 by Darakwon Publishing – 1st Edition (3rd printing February 2016) ISBN: 978-89-5995-717-0 (KAC Price: $25)

TERMS (Please read before registering): 

  • Registration is not complete until payment is received. Early bird discounts apply only towards completed registrations.
  • 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.
  • Fees do not include books. Books can either be purchased on your own or through KAC. 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
  • Credit card payments are accepted after registration form is complete. To pay by credit card, you will be prompted to the page after you complete the registration form.
  • Payment on this page is for Korean classes ONLY (Click here to purchase Private Lesson packages)
  • Fees must be paid prior to the beginning of class. Registration is not considered complete unless fees are fully paid.  

Free College Planning Seminar

The Korean American Center will be hosting a free college planning seminar for parents and students going into 9th to 12th grades on Saturday, May, 27, 2015.  The objective of this 90 minute seminar is to share as much information to help parents and students maximize the chances and finding the best opportunities in college. This program is full of secrets, tips, and advice on how to make students stand out.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to reserve your spot here.

WHEN: Saturday, May 27, 2017 1:00PM

WHERE: Korean American Center
18 Truman St, Suite 208
Irvine, CA 92620

오렌지 카운티 한미 문화 센터는 오는 가을학기부터 9학년에서 12학년이 되는 학생들과 학부모들을 위한 무료 대학 입시 준비 세미나를 열려고 합니다. 90분간 진행되는 이 세미나는 가능한 많은 정보를 공유하여 학생들과 학부모들이 대학 진학에 있어서 최고의 기회와 최적의 조건을 찾는데 도움이 될 것입니다. 이 프로그램은 학생들이 어떻게 하면 두드러질 수 있는지에 대한 조언과 팁, 그리고 알려지지 않은 것들에 대해 알려줄 것입니다.

자리가 제한되어 있으니 미리 예약하시길 바랍니다.

Youth Summer Korean Immersion Program

한국어    Registration Now Closed  for Summer 2017 Youth Korean Language Immersion Program for Middle & High School Students. 

The Korean American Center will host a Youth Korean immersion program for middle and high school students at various skill levels. No experience required. The program is designed to build comprehensive language skills and improve students’ knowledge of Korean through fun and engaging classroom immersion. Through 21st century teaching and learning, students will learn real world application of Korean language. Instruction will be provided on all four language skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening); with an emphasis on increasing students’ speaking and listening comprehension abilities.

 

The program will be designed for learners going into the 8th through 12 grades in the fall of 2017.  These students possess varying degrees of language proficiency from novice to intermediate, will gain literacy; expand their reading skills and comprehension, and increase their speaking and listening skills. Class size will be limited. 

This program will run for 3 weeks (Jun 19, 2017 – July 7, 2017), Monday through Friday from 1:30PM – 4:30PM. No class on July 4th.

Price:  $425 + $10 Material Fee. (25% off of 2nd child).

This program will focus on students being able to:

  1. experience Korean language immersion in the classroom
  2. communicate in Korean in real-world circumstances,
  3. use vocabulary learned from real-world contexts,
  4. understand impact traditional culture and values has on the language.
  5. foster an appreciation of their Korean cultural heritage and instill a sense of pride in their dual heritage.

Class size will be limited to only a small number of students. 


한국어

미주 한인 2, 3세 중학교와 고등학교 학생들을 위한 2017 KAC 여름 한국어 교실

한미 문화원센터 (KAC) 다가오는 2017년 여름, 한인 2, 3세 중학교와 고등학교 학생들을 위한 한국어 심화 교실을 열려고 한다. KAC 한국어 수업은 포괄적인 언어 능력을 기르고 학생들의 한국어에 대한 지식을 집중력있게 쌓을 수 있도록 고안되었다. 이 프로그램은 언어 학습을 위한 세계 용이성 기준에 맞춰져 있으며, 자신의 말하기, 듣기, 읽기, 쓰기 능력을 기르고 싶어하는 초급부터 중급 정도의 한국어 실력을 가진 한인 2, 3세 고등학생들을 위한 교실이다. 학생 모집 인원은 제한적임.

이 프로그램은 3 주간(2017년 6월 19일부터 2017년 7월 7일까지) 진행될 것이며, 월요일부터 금요일, 오후 1시30분부터 오후 4시 30분까지 진행된다.

이 프로그램은 다음과 같은 부분에 초점을 두고 있다.

  1. 교실에서의 한국어 집중 강화 교실 경험
  2. 실생활에서 한국어를 통한 의사소통
  3. 실제 상황에서 일어나는 문맥을 통한 어휘 습득
  4. 전통 문화와 가치가 언어이 미치는 영향을 이해
  5. 한국 문화 유산에 대한 이해를 고취시키고, 이중 정체성에 대한 자부심을 불어넣기

한국어 559-906-9684
영어 949-535-3338

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