Korean Language Studies
The Korean Language Program currently offers four levels of language study: Elementary (KOR101/102), Intermediate (KOR105/107), Advanced (301/302), and Contemporary Korean Language and Culture, 4th Year Korean, (KOR401/402). In Spring 2011, a new 5th Year Korean course (KOR407) will also be offered.
Completing two years of Korean (up to KOR107) satisfies the university foreign language requirement. Students who wish to place out of the language requirement need to take the Korean Placement Test, comprised of three sections: online test (vocabulary, grammar, reading), speaking, and writing. If you are confident that you can place out of KOR107 in order to fulfill the foreign language requirement at Princeton, you may take the test at the beginning of the fall semester or at other times by appointment.
Taking seven Korean language courses (up to KOR401) is required in order to obtain the Korean Language and Culture Certificate offered by the Department of East Asian Studies.
Please contact Dr. Joowon Suh (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any questions or further information.
The Korean Language Table is held on Wednesday at 6:00 pm in Mathey College. (Contact: email@example.com).
Although learning any Asian language requires significant commitment, most students find learning Korean highly enjoyable. Princeton's approach to Korean language study stresses intercultural communication skills that incorporate aspects of Korean culture while comparing it with cultures of other nations.
An advantage of learning Korean at Princeton is small conversation classes. With each conversation class limited to ten students, they have ample opportunity to use the language on a regular basis. As the semester progresses, students in the class develop a special sense of belonging to a community of learners who share the same goal of becoming proficient in the language.
For those who wish to continue to study Korean in Korea, the program in East Asian Studies may provide financial support for summer language study, upon completion of at least one year of language study at Princeton. There are also internship opportunities in Korea available through the Princeton in Asia program office, located on campus.
Korea has become one of the largest trading partners of the U.S. This means that various sectors of the society will have demand for someone with Korean expertise. Thus, Korean language qualifications are beginning to be attractive to prospective employers in business, law firms, governments, and schools. Be prepared early and grab your opportunity before it passes by!
Nomally students electing a beginner's course in any language will receive credit only if two terms are completed.
Current semester's courses:
KOR 102Elementary Korean IIA continuation of KOR 101. Continued development of proficiency in basic communication by balancing four language skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
KOR 107Intermediate Korean IIA continuation of KOR 105. Continued development of four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) in Korean. Complex grammatical structures and irregularities are taught while the basics are reviewed. Idiomatic expressions are introduced. Journals are kept for writing practice.
KOR 108Intensive Korean IIA continuation of Korean 103. It covers the Intermediate Korean material focusing on complex grammatical structures, reading, and writing. Journals are kept for writing practice. The students who have successfully completed KOR 103 and KOR 108 will be placed in KOR 303 if they wish to continue.
KOR 302Advanced Korean IIA continuation of KOR 301. Continued development of proficiency in speaking and reading through short readings and class discussion. Vocabulary learning and discourse skills are emphasized.
KOR 308Integrative Korean IIThis course is a continuation of KOR303, focusing on stabilizing literacy development through a variety of authentic reading materials, class discussions, presentations and various writing assignments. Expanding advanced-level vocabulary based on Chinese characters is also emphasized.
KOR 402Contemporary Korean Language and Culture II(LA)Reading and discussion of thoughts and issues within contemporary Korean society. Readings are drawn from a variety of sociocultural and historical as well as sociolinguistic topics including family, marriage, education, technology, and the changes of the Korean language. Class discussions are conducted in Korean.
KOR 407/EAS 406Readings in Modern Korean II(LA)This course is designed (1) to advance students' literacy skills to the Superior level; (2) to promote a deeper understanding of the Korean language, literature and history; and (3) to further develop their critical thinking through reading and writing in Korean. Focusing on change in the Korean language in relation to history, society, and culture, the course covers a wide range of sociocultural and political as well as sociolinguistic issues presented in classic short stories, poems, and historical texts.