Teacher Wann is the principal and the founder of HANOK. Having amassed a wealth of experience from learning and teaching Korean for over a decade, she leads our team of native Korean teachers at HANOK, each one of who was carefully selected.
She was born and bred in Singapore and started her teaching journey in 2002, after completing her graduate diploma course in Korean Language at Sogang University. Under the Korean Foundation’s Scholarship Program, she became the first and still only Singaporean to complete a Master’s course in Korean Language and Literature. She went on to receive her Korean Language Teacher’s Training in Kyung Hee University. She was also awarded the Ambassador’s Award at the 13th International Korean Oratory Competition in 2008.
Outside of teaching, she has done interpretation work for various K-pop concerts, as well as Mediacorp, in both English and Mandarin. She was also translating and analysing Korean financial statements for Apple while teaching part-time before HANOK. Her teaching engagements includes various organisations such as the Ministry of Community Development, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Inland Revenue Authority, Standard Chartered bank as well as many educational institutes such as the National University of Singapore, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and ITE College Central.
Even in Korea, she taught extensively, helping foreigners learn the language based on her own learning experience. She believes that speaking and listening should be the focus of Korean Language Learning in the classroom, with reading and writing being the emphasis of at home practice.
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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.
With a bright and cheerful personality, it may come as a surprise that Teacher Jo graduated with a Master’s Degree Bio-Engineering at KAIST, an institution recognized not just in Korea, but as Asia’s premier science and engineering university. The first Korean to fly in space was from KAIST! Teacher Jo herself worked as a research-engineer at KAIST for more than 11 years. She was in Abu Dhabi with her family for a few years before moving to Singapore. She is fluent in English and Japanese. Her interesting background allows her to enrich students’ learning experience – making her a dynamic and compelling Korean language instructor.
She attained her Korean Language Teaching Certificate from Yonsei University.
Having lived in Australia and Malaysia before moving to Singapore, it’s no wonder that Teacher Ahn is fluent in English as well as in her native Korean. Teacher Ahn has a vibrant and cheerful spirit which makes students feel comfortable speaking to her.
She attained her teaching license in Seoul back in 2018, but she is already very well-versed with teaching and her students love her.
Having discovered her passion in teaching languages while helping out as a volunteer in Korea, Teacher Hwang is one of HANOK’s passionate teachers. Prior to teaching, she worked as a Sales & Marketing Manager at Samsung Electronics for 15 years, which has honed her strong communication and interpersonal skills to engage students on a deeper level.
Teacher Hwang has completed her Korean Language Teacher’s Course and has experience in teaching English to Koreans through her volunteer work, being certified with Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL). Hence, she is well-versed in the methods of teaching language to non-native speakers and is acquainted with the nuances between Korean and English in order to teach her students effectively.