Where to Begin?
Students who grew up speaking Korean or remember speaking Korean when young and would like to get their speaking ability back will receive a different set of training in the heritage track from those students who have no prior home exposure to the language. If you have learned Hangul at home or in a weekend school, (you do not have to know the meaning of what you are reading), that is a good indication that you have been exposed to the language. All students with any amount of formal or informal (home) background in Korean are required to take the placement test to be placed to an appropriate level.
Beginning classes in the heritage track (e.g., 305, 306, 307) will focus on the following aspects of the language:
If you already know Korean somewhat but do not know how to read or write, contact the program coordinator (email@example.com) for a special arrangement.
If you were adopted from Korea or are a 3rd-generation (or later) Korean-American, you are considered a novice learner if you do not have prior exposure to the language. If you have taken classes in high school, Sup Sogui Hosu, or in Korea and know Hangul and the basic structure but cannot really speak the language, take the placement test and request an interview with the program coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Beginning classes in the novice/non-heritage track (e.g., 301, 302, 303) will focus on the following aspects of the language: