Learn Korean

Korean Language Program for Adults

WELCOME!

KCI offers a variety of Korean language classes — from basic grammar to advanced conversation — for those who want to learn about Korea and its language and culture.

KCI is one of 180 affiliates worldwide of the King Sejong Institute (KSI), an institution under the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism and the International Korean Language Foundation, established to support and promote Korean language education and Korean culture around the world.

Conveniently scheduled once a week in the evenings, the classes are perfect for working adults as well as students seeking to further their academic, professional, or personal goals. Private tutoring is also available on a flexible schedule to meet the student’s needs. All instructors possess or qualify for advanced degrees in education and Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language (TKFL).

UPDATE

With the outbreak of COVID-19 in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are now offering ONLINE Korean Language classes for the 2020 Spring/Summer semester. Here are some things to know before you register:

  • The maximum number of students per class will be 7-9 students, depending on the level of the class.
  • Classes will be held LIVE. This is not a recorded lecture. Students are expected to attend classes on their designated time and day.
  • We HIGHLY recommend students join the online class using a laptop or desktop computer, in order to facilitate interaction and participation in class.

Registration is now OPEN for the Fall 2020 semester.

Please click Schedules & Registration to see the course schedule.

Course Descriptions

Korean Alphabet

This course is designed to introduce Korean alphabet, Hangul, for students without any or very little knowledge of Korean language. This course focuses on reading and writing Hangul along with learning pronunciation rules and basic conversational expressions. Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to read Korean alphabets and words. 

Textbook: Korean Made Easy, Starter

Buying Option 1 (2-5 business day shipping, the discount code 2020TSSKB)  | Buying Option 2 (~3 week shipping)

Buying Option 3 (Need to create an account)

Beginning 1

This course is designed for students who can read and write Korean alphabet. Students will acquire knowledge of basic grammar and expressions with related vocabulary. Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to exchange greetings each other, ask simple questions to others, describe locations, read Sino & Native- Korean numbers and use formal & informal polite present sentence.

Textbook : 세종한국어 회화 1

This class is for students completed Korean Alphabet(한글) class at our school.
If you studied Korean Alphabet(한글) by yourself or at other places, please contact a coordinator and take a placement exam.

Buying Option 1 (2-5 business days shipping, the discount code 2020TSSKB) | Buying Option 2 (~3 weeks shipping) | Online Textbook (Need to make an account with Sejong Hakdang)

Beginning 2

This course is for students who start to explore a higher level of language structure and to expand vocabulary. Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to exchange conversations related to topics of daily environments such as hobby, food, and transportation. In addition, students will be able to combine into short sentences what they know and what they hear in class.

Textbook: 세종한국어 회화 1

This class is for students already finished Beginning 1 at our school. If you’re a new student interested in taking this course, please contact the program coordinator to schedule a placement exam.

Buying Option 1 (2-5 business days shipping, the discount code 2020TSSKB) | Buying Option 2 (~3 weeks shipping) | Online Textbook (Need to make an account with Sejong Hakdang)

Beginning 3

This course provides students with opportunities to improve their communicative competence in Korean and to gain confidence in using their speaking and listening skills. In this class, students will engage in spontaneous dialogues with little difficulty and extension of knowledge of grammar and vocabulary will be emphasized.

Textbook : 세종한국어 회화 2

This class is for students already finished Beginning 2 at our school.If you’re a new student interested in taking this course, please contact the program coordinator to schedule a placement exam.

Buying Option 1 (2-5 business days shipping, the discount code 2020TSSKB) | Buying Option 2 (~3 weeks shipping) | Online Textbook (Need to make an account with Sejong Hakdang)

 

Beginning 4

This class is for students already finished Beginning 3 at our school. If you’re a new student interested in taking this course, please contact the program coordinator to schedule a placement exam.

Textbook: 세종한국어 회화 2

Buying Option 1 (2-5 business days shipping, the discount code 2020TSSKB) | Buying Option 2 (~3 weeks shipping) | Online Textbook (Need to make an account with Sejong Hakdang)

Intermediate 1-1/1-2

This course is designed to help students review grammar rules and vocabulary that were covered in Beginning 1 through Beginning 4 course. This course focuses more on reading comprehension and writing skills. If you’re a new student interested in taking this course, please contact the program coordinator to schedule a placement exam.

Textbook: 서울대 한국어 2A Studentbook & Workbook 

Buying Option 1 (2-5 business days shipping, the discount code 2020TSSKB) | Buying Option 2 | Buying Option 3 (Need to make an account with BandiBooks)

 

Intermediate 2-1/2-2

This course is intended for students who have completed Intermediate 1. Intermediate 2-1 will cover the first half of the 서울대 한국어 2B and Intermediate 2-2 will go over the later half of the textbook. Students will dive into more advanced grammar structures. If you’re a new student interested in taking this course, please contact the program coordinator to schedule a placement exam.

Textbook: 서울대 한국어 2B Student Book & Workbook

Buying Option 1 (2-5 business days, the discount code 2020TSSKB)

Intermediate 3

This course is intended for students who have completed Intermediate 2-2. If you’re a new student interested in taking this course, please contact the program coordinator to schedule a placement exam.

Textbook: 서울대 한국어 3A Student Book & Workbook

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