Youth Korean Language Classes 청소년반

Finally – A Fun and Engaging Korean Class for Middle and High School Students! 

GRADES 6th – 12th

January 9, 2018 – May 26, 2018 (19 weeks total)

Our Youth Korean Language Classes is designed for Novice Level through Intermediate Low middle and high school students based on ACTFL Standards. The students who will gain most are those with little or no Korean language experience; who have had some classes, but need additional practice; or who have had little success at traditional Korean schools (한글학교). Through a fun and engaging class, students will have the opportunity to develop their Korean language skills while improving their understanding of traditional and modern Korean culture. 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.

Tuition: $395 per student for the entire semester plus $10 material fee. Each semester is 19 weeks long. 
We offer 15% off for each additional sibling enrolled at the same time

Middle School Program (Grades 6 – 8):

  • Middle School L1 – Thursday from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Middle School L2 – Tuesdays from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

High School Program (Grades 8* – 12):

  • High School L2 – Saturdays from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM*

*Only 8th grade students with prior experience will be allowed to join the high school program on Saturdays

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.

Students who cannot read Korean (Hangul) must sign up for L1.

In addition to knowing how to read Hangul, L2 students should already be able 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 (1-100)
  • I can respond to yes/no questions.
  • I can say the date and the day of the week.

If your student can do ALL of the above, you may register them for L2. If they can do some and not others, please consider registering them in L1 so they may develop a stronger foundation and not experience any frustration.

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): 

  • 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.
  • Checks can be made out to: “Korean American Center

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