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Korean

Program Information

Korean is the official language of South Korea and North Korea. It is a language spoken by about 77.2 million people in the world including 71.8 million native speakers living on the Korean peninsula and 5.4 million overseas Korean residents. Korean is considered as a heritage language to significant populations in China, Japan, Canada, and Russia as well as the US and spoken as a foreign language by an increasing number of people in the world. In terms of the number of speakers, it’s rated eleventh among the languages in the world.

Why learn Korean?

The importance of Korean language is ever-increasing due to Korea’s powerful economy and geographical/political importance. South Korea has the 13th largest economy in the world having companies like Hyundai, Samsung, Kia. In addition, trades between South Korea and the U.S have increased for the past years. Thus, being able to speak in Korean will make you more attractive to your potential employers. Also, since Korean War, South Korea and the US have been close allies and have sought to establish a partnership in politics, still having the large U.S troops stationed in South Korea. With the close relationship between the two countries, Korean is one of the critical language skills that FBI and CIA look for in their competitive candidates.

Korean Language Courses

Korean 101

First Semester Korean 4 credits . Fundamentals of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Korean 101 is a language course designed for students with no or little previous background knowledge of Korean.

Korean 102

Second Semester Korean 4 credits. Continued development of basic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Korean 102 is a language course designed for students who have taken Korean 101 or an equivalent.

Korean 203

Third Semester Korean 4 credits. Continued development of basic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Korean 203 is a language course designed for students who have taken Korean 101 and 102 or equivalents.

Korean 204

Fourth Semester Korean 4 credits. Continued development of basic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Korean 204 is a language course designed for students who have taken Korean 101, 102, and 103 or equivalents.

Korean Proficiency Certificate

Korean Proficiency Certificate will be offered for students who took all four Korean courses successfully in Spring 2018.

Korean Language Conversation Table

International Programs currently offers Conversation Practice on Tuesdays from noon – 1pm in CUB L-46.

For More Information, Please Contact

Dr. Hyun Gyung Lee

Thompson 17

(509) 335-2756

hi6334@wsu.edu