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 (email@example.com) for any questions or further information.
The Korean Language Table is held on Wednesday at 6:00 pm in Mathey College. (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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 will be taught while the basics are reviewed. Idiomatic expressions will be introduced; journals will be kept for writing practice.
KOR 108Intensive Korean IIA continuation of Korean 103. This course covers the 2nd Year 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 the 3rd or 4th year Korean if they wish to continue.
KOR 302Advanced Korean IIA continuation of KOR 301. Continued development of proficiency in speaking and reading through class discussion and short readings. Vocabulary learning and discourse skills are emphasized.
KOR 402Contemporary Korean Language and Culture II(LA)Reading and discussion of Korean thoughts and issues in contemporary Korea. Readings drawn from a variety of cultural and historical topics. Class discussions will be conducted in Korean.
KOR 407/EAS 406Readings in Modern Korean II(LA)This course is designed: to advance students' literacy skills to the Superior level (near native-like); to promote a deeper understanding of the Korean language, culture, society, history and literature; and 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 sociolinguistic and sociocultural issues through various media resources as well as documents written in Middle Korean, literary short stories and poems, traditional and modern.