Enrollment Guidelines



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Welcome to the York University Korean Language Program website. The Korean language is the official language of both North and South Korea. The language is also spoken widely in neighbouring Yanbian, China. Worldwide, there are around 78 million Korean speakers, including large groups in the former Soviet Union, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Japan, and more recently the Philippines.

The Korean language offers you a window to a dynamic culture and history. Today, Korea is a vital and thriving economic, technological, and industrial centre in Asia. Learning Korean is a unique linguistic experience. The Korean writing system, Hangul, has been referred to as "one of the great intellectual achievements of humankind."

The York Korean program is developed on the basis of the instructional model that emphasizes communication and content learning. The program also aims to develop students' awareness of crucial linguistic characteristics of Korean. The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics offers courses in Korean in three levels: Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Korean. In the elementary course, students will practice Korean by conversing about basic information in most essential daily life situations. In the intermediate course, students will develop interpretive and expressive abilities through the discussion of readings and the processes of writing experiential texts. The advanced course provides students with an opportunity to learn more about modern and contemporary Korea as well as to expand Korean language proficiency. Students read, research, and discuss various cultural and social issues in contemporary Korea.

The York Korean language program accommodates students with various backgrounds and experiences. Students with prior learning experience at home and in college are encouraged to get a jump-start with the second year course in order to achieve a higher level of language proficiency. The first year course is designed to allow beginners to receive appropriately paced instruction in basic language use and foundational grammar. Further courses on Korean culture and history can be taken in the Division of Humanities and the Department of History.

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