How do I get to Sejong Korean Language School?
Getting to TANJONG PAGAR Campus:
[MRT] Tanjong Pagar MRT (EW15): After alighting at platform level, take lift straight up to "Street Level". Alternatively, you can exit via Tanjong Pagar MRT Exit C which leads straight into International Plaza. Sejong's main office is at #10-25 of International Plaza.
[BUS] Bus stop right outside International Plaza: 57, 131, 167, 186, 532, 533, 534, 535, 536, 542, 543, 548 & 549.
What is the course progression outline?
There are Beginners, Intermediate, Pre-Advance and Advance Syllabus. Beginners level takes approximately 1 year to complete. Intermediate, Pre-Advance, and Advance levels takes 1.5 years each. For more details on what level of fluency is expected at each stage, and how exactly the course progresses, please click on the "Course Structure" tab under our "Courses" page in this website.
What types of courses does Sejong Korean Language School offer?
We offer 5 types of courses: Regular Course, Express Course, Intensive Course, Private Lessons and Corporate Classes. Regular Courses are once a week classes at Sejong Korean Language School where the official school syllabus is taught according to the official course structure. Students who wish to speed up their learning may choose Express or Intensive Course. These classes teach the official school syllabus within one month or 6 weeks respectively. Express and Intensive Courses are only offered at the Beginners level and are only available sporadically throughout the year. Private Lessons are one to one (or in some cases for a small group of friends) classes held on weekday afternoons. Private Lessons are especially suitable for students who wish to learn according to their own pace. Corporate Classes are classes booked by companies, schools or organisations for their organisation members. For more information on each type of course, please refer to the relevant course via the "Courses" tab on our website.
How many classes are there in each term?
For regular group classes, there are 12 lessons x 1.5hour lessons in each term. One term of once-a-week lessons will take you approximately 3 months to complete. The Beginners level, which comprises of 4 terms, will thus take you approximately 1 year to complete.
Intensive classes are 3 hour long lessons (as opposed to the regular 1.5hour long lessons) and will thus take students half the time to complete the same syllabus (6 weeks of lessons instead of the regular 12 weeks of lessons). Express classes have class thrice per week and will thus take the student one third of the time to complete the same syllabus as the regular classes.
How many students are there in each class?
The average class size for our regular courses: Beginners classes are 18 students, 10 students for Intermediate, and 6 - 8 for Pre-advanced levels and above. For more private or small group learning arrangements, please refer to our Private Lessons course type under the "Course" tab on our website.
Are there tests conducted at the end of the term?
There is a term test conducted at the end of each term.
Currently, the test is non-promotional. It is simply a gauge for students and teachers to review how much you have learnt throughout the term.
To obtain your Course Certificate, you simply have to meet at least 75% attendance rate across both Term 1 and Term 2 of the Course.
If the student would like to receive an Official Statement of Proficiency from the school, the student would need to score a minimum of 70% on each of their end of term tests for the relevant course.
Are there make-up classes available for the classes I will be missing?
Yes, there are make-up classes available for most classes. An announcement is made on your first day of lesson regarding how students may go about arranging for makeup lessons for classes they would prospectively be missing. Make up classes are arranged subject to availability and are available for most, but not all, classes. Please call / email us as early as possible for us to arrange your make up lesson in order to secure seats in available make-up classes. Students are allowed a maximum 3 make up lessons per term, but generally, as long as there is space in the class, we will arrange your 4th or 5th makeup lesson for you.
Are certificates given out at Sejong Korean Language School?
Yes, we will issue you a certificate of completion at the end of each course (inclusive of both Term 1 and Term 2). For example, upon the completion of Beginners 1 course, both Term 1 and Term 2. However, please be reminded that you have to meet the criteria of at least 75% attendance rate. Sejong's certificates may be used when applying for jobs or courses in Korea. However, different institutions will have different requirements of proof of Korean Language proficiency. Some may require you to take the International Proficiency Test for Korean Language (called the TOPIK exam). This is an external exam conducted twice a year in Singapore. In such cases, Sejong students prepare for the exam in Sejong but register for the external exam, which is usually conducted in April or October. Students prepare for the exam by taking their regular Korean lessons and TOPIK prep classes that are run in Sejong closer to the TOPIK exam date.
Does Sejong offer proficiency certification?
Sejong provides an official proficiency statement on student's request. However students will have to complete both Term 1 and Term 2 of the relevant course with at least a 75% attendance rate and a minimum of 70% score on each of their end-of-term tests. The official proficiency statement will bear the school's official letter head and verify that the named student is proficient in Korean Language in relation to the level of the relevant course taken.
I have learnt Korean Language before. How do I know which level I am suited for?
You can make an appointment with us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us at 86888803 for a short interview. The best gauge of the most suitable level for a student is by taking a placement test. Placement tests can be arranged on the phone or via email. It costs $15 to take a placement test but the fee is waived if you go on to register for one of the classes that suits your level.
Does Sejong prepare students for TOPIK exam?
Sejong's syllabus prepares our students for the TOPIK exam. Sejong students cover the syllabus relevant to the exam by attending classes in Sejong and register online for the external exam which is conducted in April or October. Students prepare for the exam by taking their regular Korean lessons as well as TOPIK prep classes that are run in Sejong closer to the TOPIK exam dates. Please note that only students of Sejong are allowed to enrol for Sejong's TOPIK exam prep classes. Unfortunately we do not accept students from other schools who would like to only enrol for TOPIK prep at Sejong.
How long is each lesson?
Each regular group classes and express classes are 1.5hours long (90 minutes).
Each intensive group lesson is 3hours long (180minutes) with a 5 minute break in the middle.