The Korean YMCA in Japan has held Korean language courses for over half a century.
These courses were originally started for second and third generation Korean residents of Japan. Today, however, not only Korean residents of Japan, but Japanese people and others from a wide range of countries come to learn Korean together.
In the YMCA’s Korean language courses, an instructor who is a native speaker of the Japanese language teaches an elementary level course that provides a solid grounding in the basics of the Korean language, and intermediate level courses and above are taught by a native speaker from South Korea. This instruction program thus makes the most effective use of native speakers in both the Japanese and Korean languages in order to firmly support our students’ improvement in the Korean language.
Our regular class is held once a week (36 times a year).
This classes is divided into five levels, from Level 1 to Level 5, and is organized so that students can learn the four skills of “reading, listening, writing and speaking” from the basics and up to applied use.
We also hold special short-term programs concentrating on individual subjects such as grammar, conversation, novels, test-taking preparation and onsite learning in South Korea. We also have Korean language seminars (conversation/essay writing) for advanced students that are held 30 times a year as well as a slow-paced “kŏbugi” (turtle) review class for elementary Korean.
Picture of a Korean language class held in 1968.