Korean Language Courses

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Note: Students who have studied Korean at another institution or have a Korean language background should have an interview with a Korean instructor to evaluate their Korean ability for the purpose of placement in the Korean language course sequence. Please contact Sang-Seok Yoon (sang-seok-yoon@uiowa.edu) to schedule an interview.

First Year Korean
First-year Korean is for those who have no prior knowledge in Korean or who are hearing and speaking Korean for the first time. In the first semester, students will learn hangŭl (Korean characters) and practice greetings in various situations, talking about oneself, and having conversations in most common situations in our daily lives. In the second semester, students will practice Korean in formal and informal situations within an academic context.

Throughout the First Year Korean courses, students will have a chance to understand unique Korean cultural values which are reflected in the Korean language system. Students will also have many opportunities to compare their native language and culture with those of Korea, which will help them understand the characteristics of Korean language and culture more clearly.

Students will be able to acquire Korean while interacting with their classmates and enjoying Korean contemporary culture (e.g. K-pop, K-drama and movies), rather than passively learning linguistic rules.

See below for more information, including the course's required textbooks and workbooks. All required textbooks are available at the University Book Store.

First Year Korean: First Semester
ASIA:1101, 4 s.h.
• Integrated Korean: Beginning 1 (2nd edition), University of Hawai’i Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-3440-1.
• Integrated Korean Workbook Beginning 1 (2nd edition), University of Hawai’i Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-3450-0.
www.kleartextbook.com

First Year Korean: Second Semester
ASIA:1102, 4 s.h.
Prerequisite: ASIA:1101 First Year Korean: First Semester or equivalent as demonstrated via a Korean proficiency test
• Integrated Korean: Beginning 2 (2nd edition). University of Hawai‘i Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-3440-1
• Integrated Korean Workbook Beginning 2. University of Hawai‘i Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-3450-0
www.kleartextbook.com

Second Year Korean
Second year Korean courses are designed for the students who have basic understanding of Korean and can communicate in most common settings (e.g., daily life). Second-year Korean courses set the goal of enabling students to survive in Korea by through interactions on a variety of everyday topics, and obtaining information by asking simple questions. These courses emphasize the ability to use Korean in real situations in a culturally appropriate manner.

Students will have the chance to practice communicating in Korean with classmates in different social settings such as delivering public presentations, interviews, making requests, expressing gratitude, and apologizing etc. Authentic materials, such as advertisements, TV programs, websites, newspapers and magazines will be used in the class. Throughout the year, students will be encouraged to develop learning strategies depending on each student’s learning style.

Second Year Korean: First Semester
ASIA:2101, 4 s.h.
Prerequisite: ASIA:1102 First Year Korean: Second Semester or equivalent as demonstrated via a Korean proficiency test

• A course packet, which is designed considering students’ needs, interests and level, will be used. This will be available at the university bookstore. Also, handouts will be provided in class.

Second Year Korean: Second Semester
ASIA:2102, 4 s.h.
Prerequisite: ASIA:2101 Second Year Korean: First Semester or equivalent as demonstrated via a Korean proficiency test

• A course packet, which is designed considering students’ needs, interests and level, will be used. This will be available at the university bookstore. Also, handouts will be provided in class.

Third Year Korean
Third-year Korean courses are designed for those students who can communicate with Korean people in common situations. These courses will help students to be able to express their ideas coherently. Grounded in content-based instruction method, Third Year Korean courses will help students learn about Korean culture and society through Korean materials.

Basic Chinese characters will be introduced for enlarging Korean vocabulary. Students will read various genres of reading materials which include folk tales, contemporary literary works, newspaper articles etc. Students will also watch Korean movies and documentaries and discuss social issues in Korean society. Throughout both semesters of Third Year Korean, students will also discuss characteristics of Korean society that are based on a) Korean traditions, and b) the influence of Western ideas and values, while developing their Korean language skills.

Third Year Korean: First Semester
ASIA:3101, 3 s.h.
Prerequisite: ASIA:2102 Second Year Korean: Second Semester or equivalent as demonstrated via a Korean proficiency test

• A course packet and handouts, which are designed considering students’ needs, interests and level, will be provided in class.

Third Year Korean: Second Semester
ASIA:3102, 3 s.h.
Prerequisite: ASIA:3101 Third Year Korean: First Semester or equivalent as demonstrated via a Korean proficiency test

• A course packet and handouts, which are designed considering students’ needs, interests and level, will be provided in class.