보도자료/기사2021. 5. 23. 14:12

 

Nowadays, Korean is not an unfamiliar and challenging language for people around the world. With the achievements of K-POP singers such as BTS and Blackpink, foreigners try to acquaint themselves with Korean lyrics. Also, the popularity of Korean drama and movies are skyrocketing due to Netflix, Youtube, and other online platforms. 

Foreigners who have interest in Korean culture might experience some difficulties when trying to learn Korean by themselves. Another option is attending a Korean academy, but whether most of the to-be Korean learners have their own criteria of selecting the most suitable Korean teaching institute is not sure. 

In that sense, we will compare Korean language education service institutions in Korea for foreigners residing in Korea and wanting to learn Korean in this analysis. We selected and analyzed the following institutions through the criteria of accessibility and Google searchability. 

Those who are searching for a suitable Korean teaching service, pay attention!

 

1. Comparative Analysis on Korean Education Programs

This is a comparative analysis table organized to help understanding.

  Seoul
Global 
Center
대학교 어학원 조인어스코리아 Seoul Korean
Language
Academy
Korean
Class101
Operating  Institution Seoul

University NGO Private Private
Operating hours and period 12 weeks
(TOPIK: 
8 weeks)
Semesterly operation
(10wks, total 200 hrs)
12 or 24 weeks
(2 hrs per week)
various options
(Max 40 hrs   per week)
24 hours
Class Fees Free 1,730,000 KRW
or 1,580,000 KRW

150,000 KRW
(3 months)
Variety of discount options
200,000 KRW ~
480,000 KRW

Partially Free
(Tutoring and
Actual 

Classes
are not
free)
textbook 서강한국어 (1A~4B)   기초/초급반: 서울대 한국어 1A, 1B
토픽반: 에듀윌 TOPIK II
Complete Guide to the TOPIK , 생생 한국어
듣기 (2권)
 
   Online     Availability Zoom Online class
operation O
Zoom, google Meet Online class
operation O

Video lecture O
App &
website
FIY   experience various
cultures, participate
in optional classes
In case of offline operation, ‘free talking
time’ through an additional 1 hour class
Offers a variety of field trip
programs
 

 

Seoul Global Center

Located at the capital of Korea, Seoul Global Center has a 8- or 12-week class for TOPIK and the others, respectively. All classes can be registered for free, and the classes use a series of textbooks called ‘서강 한국어’ (1A~4B). 

 

University Language School

Based on a semesterly operation, several Korean universities operate a 200-hour class for 10 weeks. These classes are not available online. Class fees and textbooks vary depending on what university program students enroll. 

 

Joinus Korea

As a multilingual NGO, Joinus Korea operates a 12- or 24-week Korean class program constantly. With a reasonable price of 80,000~150,000 KRW per quarter and online class availability, the institution teaches Korean with various textbooks such as ‘서울대 한국어’ and ‘에듀윌 TOPIK’. 

 

Seoul Korean Language Academy

With various class options, this private institution operates both offline and online Korean classes for up to 40 hours a week. Textbooks used are ‘Complete Guide to the TOPIK’ and ‘생생 한국어듣기’. 

 

Korean Class 101

Although available only online, Korean Class 101 features an all-day long Korean class. Class fees are partially free, but tutoring and actual classes are not. 

 

2. Pros and Cons of Korean Education Programs

Seoul Global Center…

  • provides free classes
  • but is available only through a time-limited registration period and does not prolong class durations

 

University Language Schools…

  • acknowledge the Korean classes as class credits
  • but the classes are relatively pricey

 

Joinus Korea...

  • provides a Free Korean Level Test
  • operates various classes, which can be chosen depending on students’ interest and Korean fluency 
  • Registration and class registration available at all times
  • ensures active communication between students and teachers
  • but lacks a specific target group, since the organization’s characteristics are between those of private and public institutions

 

Seoul Korean Language Academy…

  • gives consultations to students regarding life in Korea
  • provides supplementary lessons
  • but does not give students the option to choose a teacher

 

Korean Class 101…

  • has no time or space constraints
  • features 34 languages
  • but students have to study on their own

 

3. Use of Online Platform and SNS

Seoul Global Center

differentiates online website (for enrollment & specific introduction of Korean classes) from its SNS (for advertising).

lists up its teachers’ expertise in Korean teaching on the website

 

University Language Schools

(in case of SNU Language Education Center) activates students’ Korean class reviews through Google

 

Joinus Korea

constantly provides new Korean contents through various SNS, such as Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube. (daily or bidaily upload)

 

Seoul Korean Language Academy

has an online website for enrollment separated from SNS

 

Korean Class 101

uploads SNS contents focusing on Korean conversation

frequently opens Instagram Q&A sessions

 

4. Reviews of Students

Seoul Global Center

I’ve visited this place a few times, including for free Korean classes. It seems the SGC works hard to identify and address the needs of residents coming from other countries.”

In particular, students attending the Seoul Global Center mentioned satisfaction with free lessons. As the institution is provided by Seoul-si, organized curriculums and various activities at the foreigner-only cultural center are mentioned at the reviews as well. 



University Language School

“Good class, atmosphere, and friends.”

Each university language school has different reviews, but one thing that was always mentioned was the atmosphere of getting together with language school friends. Given the circumstances of universities, the reviews stated that they can learn the culture of college life and meet Korean assistants who helped them to improve their Korean skills.

 

Joinus Korea

“It’s not pricey and teachers are native.”

“I recently extended the class duration because I was satisfied by Joinus Korea’s classes and wanted to learn more about Korean.”

Joinus Korea Korean classes’ students decided to enroll due to less burdensome prices and various cultural activities. One aspect that students emphasize is that ‘communication with teachers’ is ensured. Adding to quality classes, the respect of teachers to students arose in active communication, which accounted for most of the rave reviews of Joinus Korea. 

 

Seoul Korean Language Academy

“Korean Language Course - Affordability 8.5, Classes and Materials 9, Atmosphere 9.5.”

Seoul Korean Language Academy is a private institution with various Korean language programs. Because of this, many reviews are posted. Considering the good class atmosphere and the fact that abundant programs are underway, evaluations mostly consist of compliments from academy-made textbooks to quality of classes.

 

Korean Class 101

“Class quality is 5 stars.”

Although it is a Korean class that is only operated online, satisfaction with "class quality" is high because it explains Korean grammar and system briefly and clearly and tells how to apply it effectively. Students say the fact that they can review satisfactory classes through SNS is also one of the best parts of this program.

 

Now, why don’t you choose your Korean education program by skimming through these reviews?

 

5. Conclusion

By this analysis, we were able to find several meaningful points regarding how to find a suitable Korean language education program. 

First, most of the institutions featured online availability as well as offline classes. This would be an especially critical determinant in pandemic situations like these days. Second, a few programs provided free Korean Level Test or consultations to students. Third, some institutions displayed constant SNS uploading trends, which can be crucial in the Korean studies of foreign students located remotely from Korea. Last but not least, based on the reviews, classes that are not pricey and have teachers with superb Korean teaching skills would be preferred. 

 

Learning a language doesn't just mean being able to talk to foreigners in another language. This is because learners should constantly repeat the process of understanding and communicating the culture of the country in the process of studying a language. 

In that sense, we hope this article helps you to explore new cultures and perspectives.

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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