Youth Korean Language Classes
The Korean American Center introduced our Youth Korean Language Classes, a weekly class designed for Korean learners in Middle School and High School. Classes began in January 2017.
We are proud to have built one of the most successful non-collegiate Korean language programs for adults in the United States. We look forward to continuing our organization’s mission of providing Korean language learning opportunities to the youth in our community.
Fall 2017 Interest List Now Forming
Finally – A Fun and Engaging Korean Class for Teens!
Our Youth Korean Language Classes is designed for middle and high school students with little or no Korean language experience, or who have had some classes, but need additional practice. 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.
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 once per week for 90 minutes. Our small class size will enable our instructors to work on the individual needs of each teen. 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.
Middle School Program (Grades 6 – 8):
High School Program (Grades 9 – 12):
Classes will take place at the Korean American Center
18 Truman St, Suite #208
Irvine, CA 92620
School Tutoring + Korean Class
As an added convenience for parents, we will offer Tutoring + Korean in conjunction with Modus Prep, located in the same building. For more information on Modus Prep, please visit them here. Please contact us directly if interested in the Tutoring + Korean Program.
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 22 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.