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Korean Language & Culture Table: K-Pop Dance Workshop with k-Beats!

Please join our third Korean Language and Culture Table this semester. You will have an opportunity to learn some K-pop dance moves from a Penn-based K-pop dance team, k-Beats. Please RSVP if you’re interested!

Penn Students Win at the 3rd Mid-Atlantic Korean Speech Contest

Three students from the Penn Korean Language Program participated in the third Mid-Atlantic Korean Speech Contest and won the following awards:

Heejoon Shin won the First Place Award (Level 3) for his speech, “Beyond Academics: The Power of Undergraduate Research Experience,” earning a $1,000 scholarship. Cat Nguyen won the Third Place Award (Level 2) for her speech, “Finding Happiness,” earning a $500 scholarship.  Kwun Hang Henry Chung received a Regional Finalist Certificate (Level 1) for his speech, “Friendship Knows No Borders.” 

Congratulations Heejoon, Cat, and Henry!

Pedagogy Workshop for Korean Language Teachers in Philadelphia

The Korean Language Program is organizing its first pedagogy workshop for Korean teachers in Philadelphia with support from EALC and CEAS. The theme of this year’s workshop is “Innovative Approaches to Korean Language Education – Empowering Students with Generative AI and Immersive VR.” Click to access the full program.

2nd Korean Language Table: Discover the Elegance of Korean Calligraphy

Join our one day class on Korean Calligraphy and discover the beauty of handwritten Korean.  See the attached flyer for more details. 

Korean Language Table: Celebrate Seollal with Mandu

Join us for our first Korean Language Table of this Spring semester! Learn about traditional Korean New Year’s customs and enjoy delicious dumplings. See the attached flyer for more details. 

PMA Field Trip: Explore "The Shape of Time: Korean Art after 1989"

Korean Language Program is organizing a field trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to explore “The Shape of Time: Korean Art after 1989” exhibition, the first major display of contemporary Korean art in a U.S. museum in over a decade. The exhibit features the works of 28 Korean artists, born between 1960 and 1986, and illustrates South Korea’s growing global influence and its process of reconciling with its historical past. RSVP by Thursday February 1st 12PM.

Study Business, Literature, and Films in the Korean Language!

Business Korean I and Advanced Readings in Modern Korean II are offered in Spring 2024! Please see the attached flyer if you’re interested. 

Penn Global Seminar Spring 2024: Explore Korean Language and Culture!

Discover Korean language and culture in our inaugural Penn Global Seminar (PGS) titled “Korean Language and Culture: Beginning II and Intermediate II,” available in Spring 2024. This unique opportunity combines intensive, semester-long language study with a short-term excursion to Seoul and Gyeongju, South Korea. Just like standard language courses, this PGS course will fulfill your language requirements. Eligible applicants include students who have successfully completed Beginning I or Intermediate Korean I. 

Kimbap Workshop Fall 2023 Returns!

Please join us to prepare and savor Kimbap on Friday, November 3rd in Williams Hall 623. The workshop will consist of two sessions, one at 4 PM and the other at 4:45 PM. RSVP at your earliest convenience, as spots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of 60 available spots.

Now Accepting 2023-24 James Joo-JIn Kim Center Undergraduate Fellow Applications

The James Joo-Jin Kim Center for Korean Studies is pleased to announce the Undergraduate Fellow Award, aimed at students who are involved in the study of Korea and interested in active participation in the university’s Korean Studies program. The Kim Center will recruit up to five (5) Undergraduate Fellows for the 2023–2024 academic year. Fellows will be selected on the basis of academic merits and demonstrated interest in Korean Studies. 

2023 AATK Annual Conference Held at Penn

The Korean Language Program at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) is pleased to announce that the Annual American Association of Teachers of Korean (AATK)’s 28th Annual Conference and Professional Workshop will take place on June 15-17, 2023, at Penn. The theme of the 28th conference is ‘Transformative Language Learning Through Real World Engagement.’ With this theme, the conference aims to provide a forum for Korean language students through constructive discussions about transformative learning and its extension to the real world. We invite participants to explore and address these areas of interest to foster an engaging and enriching experience.

2 Years in a Row! Two Penn Students Won Awards at the Mid-Atlantic Speech Contest

On April 1, 2023, two students from Penn received awards at the 2nd Mid-Atlantic Korean Speech Contest, marking the second year in a row that Penn students have received recognition at the event. This is a remarkable achievement for the program and the university as a whole. The competition saw 22 Korean language students from 10 different schools competing across three levels. The three Penn students who were selected to compete, Smriti Sanjay-Gopal, Charlotte Fox, and Katie Oh, put up an impressive performance at the contest. Smriti Sanjay-Gopal won second place in the Level 1: Personal Experience section, while Charlotte Fox secured second place in the Level 2: Informative Speech and Opinion section. Congratulations on everyone’s excellent performance!!

Fall 2022 Korean Language Table Returns!

Monthly Korean Language Table will be held on Thursdays 5:30-6:30PM  in Williams Hall 440. Korean snacks will be provided! Please see the attached flyer for more information. 

Elementary Korean I Offered in Summer 2022

Learn Korean this summer! Elementary Korean I (KORN011) will be offered online during the 2022 Summer I session. The course is open to all Penn students, staff, and alumni, as well as students and working professionals outside of Penn. Please see the attached flyer for more detailed information. 

Two Penn Students Won Awards at the Mid-Atlantic Speech Contest

The Korean Language Program is thrilled to announce that two Penn students received awards at the first-ever Mid-Atlantic Korean Speech Contest held on April 2, 2022. A total of 26 presenters from 11 schools participated in the three levels of this highly competitive contest, and three Penn students – Charlotte Fox, Tess Christensen, and Julia Lammers – were selected to compete within each of these levels. Click to see the contestants’ bios and speech videos. 

2021-2 Korean Language Program End-of-Year Party

The Korean Language Program is hosting the end-of-year party on April 26th after a long hiatus since the outbreak of the pandemic. Please see the attached flyer for more details and RSVP for the event.  

Fall 2022 Korean Languages Courses

See the attached flyer to find out what Korean language courses are offered in Fall 2022. Please be aware that new course numbers and titles will be used from the fall semester. 

Spring 2022 New Course Announcements

Two new content courses with a focus on Korea will be taught by our Korean scholars at Penn in Spring 2022. See the attached flyers for these exciting opportunities!