Learn Korean Language and Culture in Ateneo


Spice up your Korean studies to a more fun and simple way in Ateneo!

Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) recently opened the registration for its Korean Extramural Classes for second semester of school year 2017-2018.

The Ateneo Korean Studies Program offers three courses for Korean Extramural Classes namely, Hallyu Korean: Learning Korean through K-pop & K-Drama, Intensive TOPIK Review (Test of Proficiency in Korean) Class and Seminar on Understanding Korean Business and Work Culture.

Hallyu Fever

It is known to many that Korean dramas and K-Pop songs are the ultimate means on catching authentic Korean dialogues, colorful vocabulary and useful idioms. These two spark a lot of interest on learning Korean. Watching and listening these really help in having a quick progress in understanding the language. Whatever word seen or heard, it really sticks in one’s mind as if a technique.

The dramas and songs may serve as a teacher and the subtitles are the confirmation of learning. However, absorbing the foreign language will not be easy if one is merely exposed. Without a formal teacher, it is hard to stay on track, therefore, lacking corrections on handwriting, pronunciation and grammar.

In the first course, Hallyu Korean: Learning Korean through K-pop & K-Drama, Filipinos can learn Korean through K-pop and K-Drama. It aims to introduce learners to basic Korean vocabulary, grammar and expressions using Korean songs and watching drama clips.

The course is divided in seven (7) sessions (3 hours per session | 21 hours) from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon every Saturday starting on March 4 to April 22 only except on Black Saturday.

Be ready to pass TOPIK

For those who are planning to take the Test of Proficiency in Korean I (TOPIK I), the second course, Intensive TOPIK Review (Test of Proficiency in Korean) Class is perfect avenue to study before the examination. The course aims to make sure that the enrolees are all equipped to survive this comprehensive test.

This class includes vocabulary, grammar and reading lessons as well as mock TOPIK examinations. It aims to provide learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to pass level 1 and/or 2 of TOPIK, which is the official test of Korean proficiency administered by the Korean government.

The class will have five (5) sessions (6 hours per session | 30 hours) from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and 2:00 to 5:00 pm every Saturday starting on March 11 to April 8 only except on Black Saturday.

TOPIK, Test of Proficiency in Korean, is a written test designed to measure the ability of non-native speakers for expression and comprehension in the Korean language. This comprehensive test is intended for non-native speakers of Korean, such as Korean language learners, international students who want to study in Korea as well as individuals who would like to work in Korean companies and public institutions.

Fil-Kor Work Mode On

By watching Korean dramas, one will be familiar with the daily life in Korea. But the dramas cannot be entirely be relied upon to represent the Korean culture -particularly their working etiquette. Koreans are known for being workaholics. They prioritize making a living above else. If Filipinos are not aware of Korea’s culture at work, it will be hard for them to adjust in this setting.

The last course is a Seminar on Understanding Korean Business and Work Culture that is offered to Filipinos who are planning to work or currently working in Korean companies. It aims to introduce learners to Korean work culture and provide them with opportunity to engage Korean companies/Korean-owned enterprises in the country. The course also endeavors to contribute to the improvement of Filipino-Korean relations in the workplace.

There will be ten (10) sessions (3 hours per session | 30 hours) from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon every Saturday starting on June 3 to August 5.

The seminar includes a visit to at least one Korean company in Metro Manila and lectures by at least two Korean CEOs. These will help the learners know the proper attitude at work and how to deal with the demands of Korean superiors.

Study thru KSP

The increasing importance of Korea in international affairs drew the attention of the academe towards the need for advancing analyses on issues related to Korea. This is the reason why ADMU institutionalized the Korean studies into an academic program called the Ateneo Korean Studies Program.

The Korean Studies Program of Ateneo de Manila was officially established under the School of Social Sciences in February 2016. KSP, while labeled a ‘Program’, functions as an autonomous office in charge of developing and offering Korean Studies courses as well as organizing events that introduce Korea to the Filipino public.

KSP Director Sarah Jane Domingo-Lipura shared in an article that the program is the first of its kind in the Philippines and Ateneo is expected to grow into a ‘Korean Studies Hub’, which the university had envisioned and worked on since 2012 through the Ateneo Initiative for Korean Studies (AIKS).To realize this, the university has been partnering with various institutions and universities not only in Korea but also in the country and the region.

Register Now

For both the first and second course, only those who have taken at least 30 hours of basic Korean classes are encouraged to enroll in this course.

Only those who will be able to attend at least 80% of the sessions of each course will be issued a certificate of completion on the last session. The deadline for registration is on February 25, 2017, so grab your slot and learn Korean that is made fun and simple by Ateneo!

Check out this link for more information regarding the registration process: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1lP4Ckla1NackxpQzyKdYruFMQo4jRJ6uJipWNqBGpnY/viewform?edit_requested=true.

Written by Krew Member Kristina Marie Joy B. Andal