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안녕하세요! Annyeong!

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The Sino-Korean word or Hanja for “안녕” (Annyeong) is 安寧 which means “peace”.

So this quintessential Korean greeting is wishing you peace at heart.

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ONG WANN

Teacher Wann is the principal and founder of Hanok. She is a born and bred Singaporean and leads the team of native Korean teachers in Hanok. Her wealth of experience in learning and teaching Korean for over a decade has benefited her students in her classes and her careful selection of the teachers.

Teacher Wann started teaching in 2002 after completing her graduate diploma course in Korean Language at Sogang University. Under Korea Foundation’s Scholarship Program, she became the first and still only Singaporean to complete her Master’s course in Korean Language and Literature and receive her Korean Language Teachers Training in Kyung Hee University. She has done interpretation work for various Kpop concerts and Mediacorp, in English and Mandarin. She was awarded the Ambassador’s Award at the 13th International Korean Oratory Competition in 2008. Her life before Hanok was translating and analyzing Korean financial statements for Apple Computers, while teaching part-time at various institutes.

She has taught extensively in Korea, helping foreigners to learn the language and in Singapore at NUS Extension, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic. Her teaching engagements includes for Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, Inland Revenue Authority, ITE College Central and Standard Chartered Bank.

Base on her own learning experience, she believes that speaking and listening is the focus of Korean language learning in the classroom, with emphasis on practicing reading and writing at home for the students. The teachers go through training with her, so they can better explain Korean grammar more efficiently to their students.

 

SONG SOON LYE

Teacher Song has been teaching in Singapore since 2013, conducting private lessons and at various learning institutes and companies like Standard Chartered, including community centre before starting classes at HANOK. She is known among her colleagues and students for her quick witty comments.  Her class is often filled with laughter and energy. Teacher Song’s passion in teaching runs so deep that she is currently pursuing a degree course in Korean Language and Culture through Kyung Hee University’s online program.

 

KIM SEUNG JU

Teacher Kim is the youngest of our teaching staff. She brings a vast range of work experience from EBAY GMarket to LG Electronics to her teaching role.  Her varied and interesting background allows her to enrich students’ learning experience – making her a dynamic and compelling Korean language instructor. Students love her humour and vibrancy in class.

She attained her Korean Language Teaching Certificate from Yonsei University – one of South Korea’s top three SKY universities.

 

KIM HEE JOE

Ms Kim Hee Joe started teaching in 2015. She has great feedback from students due to her friendly disposition and clear explanation of Korean language concepts. She graduated from Hanyang University with a M.A. degree in International Tourism and has a Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL). Prior to teaching she was a leading cabin crew member with Korean Air.

She attained her Korean Language Teaching Certificate from Seoul National University – the number one ranked university in South Korea.

 

LEE EUN YOUNG

Teacher Lee became interested in teaching Korean after doing language exchange with her local friends in Singapore. She took up the Korean Language Teaching Course at the renowned Sungkyunkwan University which is founded during the Joseon Dynasty. She is curious about languages and has taken a two-year French course in Switzerland. She is popular with students for her friendliness and patience.

 

CHLOE PARK

Teacher Park started teaching in 2016. She moved to Singapore with her Singaporean husband in 2008, so she understands the local culture. Her 4 years in Germany while pursuing her Masters degree helps her relate to students learning a foreign language. She is passionate in teaching the Korean language and culture, always coming up with new ideas to make her class more interesting.

She attained her Korean Language Teaching Certificate from Seoul National University.

 

ELLIE HWANG

Don’t be fooled by Teacher Hwang’s young looks, as she is probably our most learned teacher. Before coming to Singapore, she had been teaching History at a middle school in Korea for 3 years and has a Masters in History Education. Prior to teaching at Hanok, she graduated with a PhD in History at National University of Singapore under the Korean Government Scholarship. We should be calling her “Dr Hwang”! She has been awarded several times for her work in NUS, including the FASS Graduate Students’ Teaching Award. Her Korean classes at Hanok is often fun and lively.

She attained her Korean Language Teaching Certificate from Seoul National University.