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UW-Madison STARTALK Korean Language & Culture Academy for High School Students

The 4-week summer UW-Madison STARTALK Korean Language & Culture Academy is a non-residential, non-credit program for high school students interested in exploring Korean language and culture. Through engaging, interactive learning activities, students will learn to communicate in Korean while exploring Korean cultural practices and traditions. No prior knowledge or experience with Korean is required or expected.

Thanks to funding from STARTALK, the program is offered at no cost to participants.

About the program: High school student participants in the Korean Language and Culture Academy will:

  • Learn Korean language through highly interactive activities. Language learning will be integrated with exploration of rich and exciting aspects of Korean culture.
  • Explore traditional and modern Korean culture through hands-on activities.
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  • Explore the global phenomenon of Korean popular culture, including K-pop and television dramas.
  • Synthesize learning through creative final projects.

Daily Schedule: The 2021 program will be entirely online. Instruction will be synchronous from 9:00am – 2:00pm central time, Monday – Friday, with breaks between sessions, including a lunch break. The expected daily schedule below is subject to change. Any changes will be communicated to program participants.

  • Session 1: 9-9:50am – synchronous instruction
  • Session 2: 10-10:50am – synchronous instruction
  • Lunch break: 11-noon
  • Session 3: 12-12:50pm – synchronous instruction
  • Session 4: 1-1:45pm – synchronous instruction
  • Wrap-up: 1:45-2pm – synchronous instruction

Faculty: The Academy is directed by Dr. Byung-jin Lim, associate professor of Korean in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UW-Madison. Instructors are experienced teachers of Korean for the UW-Madison Korean Language Program in the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures.

Eligibility: High school students (grades 9-12) with no or limited proficiency in Korean. (Interested students with prior experience with Korean should contact the program to determine eligibility.) Both rising 9th-graders and rising college freshmen are eligible.

Application: Visit the website’s home page for application instructions.

Cost: The program will be offered at no cost to participants, thanks to funding from STARTALK.

Location: The program will take place online.

Questions?: Contact outreach@languageinstitute.wisc.edu

Sign up for our email list: Sign up for our email list to receive communications about the program. Send an email to: highschoolkorean+subscribe@g-groups.wisc.edu



Explore Korean language & culture by checking out our resource page!