Korean pop culture has grown in popularity worldwide since the 1990s, quickly becoming one of the main exports of arts and entertainment materials in Asia, feeding the world with groovy beats, impressive films, exciting shows, and more. In order to consume Korean entertainment comfortably without the need for subtitles, communicate with our favourite celebrities, or travel Korea without communication barriers, many of us in Singapore began picking up Korean as a second or third language.
There are numerous ways to learn Korean in Singapore, including self-study using online resources or watching Korean variety shows and picking up new phrases. However, the most effective way to learn Korean is to enrol in a course at a Korean language school in Singapore. But, before you sign up for lessons at any school, there are a few things you need to look at.
- Materials Used
Korean is a language with many intonation patterns and grammar variations that should not be learned solely from a textbook. If you enrol in lessons at a Singapore Korean language school and they only teach you from a textbook, you won't be able to learn everything you need to know effectively, let alone be confident enough to speak the language.
Look into the materials used to help you better understand the language and culture when looking for a Korean language school. Some schools incorporate K-Pop, Korean drama, and even Korean games and activities into their Korean courses to help students learn in an exciting and interactive way. Such activities boost your speaking confidence and even help you improve your listening skills.
- Revision Resources
Aside from materials used in class, it is important for a school to provide revision materials after class as many students leave the lesson and forget what they learned by the time they arrive at the next lesson one week later.
Self-revision with your notes and textbook can be ineffective, but proper resources provided by your Korean language school can be used to help you revise effectively and improve. These resources could be videos on a student-only portal, specially curated notes from your teacher, or mobile apps with online versions of your lessons. Look for a school that provides these resources as they give you more bang for your buck.
- Teacher’s Qualifications
Next, the teachers hired by the school are equally important. Simply hiring a native Korean speaker to teach you the language will not be helpful as they may not understand the best way to break down the language for you. Look for Korean language schools with qualified teachers who have completed the Korean Language Teachers Training Programme or received a Korean Language Teacher's Licence from Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. These teachers are properly trained to teach Korean as a foreign language and to guide you through the learning process in the best way possible.
- Class Schedule
Finally, when narrowing down your list of Korean language schools, look into their class schedules and class formats to see if they have a lesson that works best for you. Many Korean courses are now offered online via video conferencing, allowing students to attend lessons from anywhere without having to rush down to class.
Learning Korean is an enjoyable experience that will allow you to understand your favourite shows, songs, and even make Korean friends without any communication challenges. Learning a new language also opens up new doors for you.
At ONLYOU Korean Language School, we incorporate various activities and materials in our Korean courses, as well as provide revision apps accessible via your mobile device to help you learn better and revise efficiently wherever you are. Whether you’re a complete beginner or someone halfway through learning Korean, we have a class for you. Drop us a message today to find out more.