Culture and Education

Providing a safe environment for life-time learning and
revisiting cultural identity

HFA provides programs in ESL, Citizenship, Recreation, Arts, Computer, and a variety of cultural & educational programs to enhance quality of life. HFA plans classes, lectures, workshops and special events throughout the year to reduce various stressors and to utilize their leisure. Currently, Hanul ESL, Citizenship & Civic classes, Line dance, Folk dance, Calligraphy, Computer, Dahn Yoga classes are provided at both Chicago and Suburban Office. For more information, check our On-going Program Schedule Page.


A basic working knowledge of English is necessary to function in the United States. Hanul addresses immigrants’ struggles with the language barrier through English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. There are two tracks of classes from which to choose. One, students may opt to enroll in ESL classes taught by HFA instructors. These classes are offered Mondays through Thursdays throughout the year. culture-esl-01

The other option is to participate in a small group tutoring led by volunteer tutors. This volunteer tutoring program, funded by the Secretary of State, allows tutors to give individualized attention to students who are especially having a difficult time learning the very basics of English and adapting to the new culture. Classes are held at both the Chicago and Mt. Prospect Offices. 

With the funding from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, a Community Technology Center was launched at our Suburban Office in October of 2010. Today, more classes and open lab services are being provided at this Community Technology Center. Computer classes are also being offered at the Chicago Office.

To enhance the quality of life for Koreans, HFA provides programs in art, culture, and history. The staff plans these programs and events throughout the year to facilitate an environment where people can feel a sense of community. In addition, Hanul is reaching out to younger 2nd generation Korean- Americans in the Chicago metropolitan area to help maintain a cross-generational sense of cultural and ethnic identity and see our Korean heritage and identity in its best possible light.


One of the most anticipated Cultural Arts Events is the Annual Korean Senior’s Day Celebration. Hanul has successfully carried out this event in the past 17 years. Our seniors face linguistic, cultural and economic barriers and often suffer from social isolation and depression in their everyday life away from their home country. Each year, the festival invites over 700 Korean seniors, their families and volunteers to the auditorium of Amundsen High School for a day of recognition and celebration. The highlight of the event is the art performances of local and international artists and our senior artists in our Cultural Art Program. The event is primarily sponsored by donations and contributions from local Korean business owners.

Please click here for our 17th annual event. 

Click here to watch video and pictures of 15th Korean Senior's Day Celebration.

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