Friday, December 19, 2014

students learning korean in a classThinking of taking a trip to Korea?

Renison University College is partnering with the King Sejong Institute to offer Korean language and culture courses to the Kitchener-Waterloo community. The winter 2015 session begins on Thursday, Jan. 15 from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m., and continue for ten weeks. These courses are non-credit, which means anyone can sign up – they are not part of a University of Waterloo degree plan.

“While our credit Korean courses are designed for university students to learn the Korean language and culture with university credits, these non-credit Korean courses provide opportunities for some university students and community members to learn the Korean language and culture in a more flexible and practical context,” says Dr. Young G. Kim, coordinator of Korean language studies at Renison. “Presently, many Canadians have been working in Korea as English teachers, on business or as engineers. Thus, the knowledge and ability of the Korean language that the students obtain through this program can lead them to a new direction where they can expand their activities not only in daily communication, but they can also develop their future potential.”

Brendan Elworthy, senior tutor in Korean language studies and currently a Waterloo student, says that his Korean language courses really changed his experience abroad.

“Arriving in Korea already knowing some Korean helped immensely, and I was able to both excel in my language studies and experience the culture in a whole new way,” says Elworthy. “Being able to understand the language offered a whole new perspective to me, and I believe my exchange was so much better for it!”

The cost of this session is 50% less than usual – only $125 plus HST. You can sign up online or in person at Renison’s East Asian Studies (EAS) department. Find out more about the program on the EAS website.

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