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The Korean Language Program at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) offers four levels of Korean from elementary (First Year Korean) to advanced level (Fourth Year Korean). We are one of the very few college Korean programs in North America that offers an accelerated Korean language course track for heritage learners, accommodating the unique needs and interests of learners with Korean heritage background. All courses are designed to develop or improve four language skills- i.e., speaking, listening, reading and writing in students’ performance and competence. These language courses are augmented with cultural instruction introducing students to both Korean culture and society, using authentic texts, audio-visual materials including newspaper articles, dramas, films, documentaries, etc.

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News & Announcements

Spring 2016 Korean Proficiency and Placement Test

The next Korean Proficiency and Placement Test will be held on Friday, January 15, 2016 from 9:30 am to noon in FLB. You need to sign up for the test online and the online registration site will go live in late November, 2015. Please contact Debbie (debrice@illinois.edu) for online registration.

For more information on the test, please visit the Korean language program website at http://korean.ealc.illinois.edu/korean-tests/.

Fri, 15 Jan 2016

CEAPS Speaker Series: Political Learning and Participation in South Korea

Political Learning and Participation in South Korea: Non-linear Interplay between Categories of Parasocial Ties on SNS and Age Groups

Speaker: Nokin Kwak (Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, Director of the Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan)

  • Date: Friday, October 23
  • Time: Noon – 1pm
  • Location: Honors Commons, 2036 Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright St, Urbana(Please use southwest staircase)



The role of social media in politics has generated much interest in recent years, and advances in the adoption and use of digital technologies as well as the relative prominence of politics on SNS in South Korea present an interesting and important opportunity in which we can examine the political role of social media. This talk will consider the role of parasocial ties on social media, such as politicians, pundits, and celebrities, and examine how SNS users’ interaction with these parasocial ties on SNS relates to their political learning and participation. In particular, non-linear patterns across age groups will be analyzed.


This event is open to the public. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.

Fri, 23 Oct 2015

2015 Fall Korean Conversation Table

Korean Conversation Table (KCT) is an informal weekly gathering where you can practice spoken Korean with native speakers of Korean. We will start meeting on Friday, September 11 and meet every Friday from 5 to 6 pm (September 11, 2015 ~ December 4, 2015 except November 20 & 27) in the basement (near Einstein Bros. Bagel) of the Illini Union. Everyone is welcome. Please join us. For more information, please contact Jeeyoung Ahn Ha, director of the Korean language program (j-ahn3@illinois.edu).

Fri, 11 Sep 2015

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