Korean Language Classes

Essentiality of Learning Korean

Korean, also called Hangul, is the official language of both North and South Korea. Korea is a region in East Asia. Since 1948 it has been divided between two distinct sovereign states, North Korea and South Korea. Korea consists of the Korean Peninsula, Jeju Island, and several minor islands near the peninsula. Korea is bordered by Russia to the northeast, China to the northwest, and neighbours Japan to the east via the Korea Strait and the Sea of Japan. The Korean government introduced a law in 2007 that required Chinese workers of Korean descent who have no relatives in Korea to take the test so they could be entered in a lottery for visas. The Korean Language Proficiency Test or KLPT, is a proficiency test for non-native speakers of korean language. It is offered by the korean language Society and is a major alternative to Test of Proficiency in Korean (or TOPIK), offered by the Korean Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation.

Tests and Certificates

The standard KLPT test assesses the abilities of the test-taker for daily life and work, for professional and educational settings in Korea. There is also a Basic-KLPT, or B-KLPT, that "assesses whether or not examinees have basic communication ability". The Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) is a korean language test for nonnative speakers of korean language. The test is offered six times annually (Jan, Apr, May, Jul, Oct, Nov) within Korea and less often to people studying Korean in other countries. The test is for individuals whose first language is not korean language and is taken by overseas ethnic Koreans, those wishing to study at a Korean university, and for those who want to be employed at Korean companies in and outside of Korea. TOPIK is administered by the National Institute for International Education . The test results are valid for two years after the announcement of examination results. A new format of the TOPIK took effect from the 35th TOPIK test, held in July 2014. Instead of Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced level tests, there are now only two level tests- TOPIK I & TOPIK II . TOPIK I has sub levels 1 and 2 while TOPIK II has 4 levels from 3 to 6. Another important change is that now the TOPIK I has only two sections - Reading and Listening, instead of 4 sections in the old format. TOPIK II has 3 sections - Reading, Listening and Writing.