newweeks 11 & 14 (posted 1 Apr. 2014)


It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need a college. He can learn them from books. The value of an education in a liberal arts college is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks. (Albert Einstein, 1921, in response to Thomas Edison’s opinion that a college education is useless)


Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. (William Butler Yeats)


You must unlearn what you have learned. (Yoda, Star Wars V: Empire Strikes Back)


The unexamined life is not worth living. (Socrates [Plato, Apology, 38a])


ΕΝ ΟΙΔΑ ΟΤΙ ΟΥΔΕΝ ΟΙΔΑ. (= Ἓν οἶδα ὅτι οὐδὲν οἶδα.; Socrates)


evaluation

resources

Na home


Westminster College

LAN 101S: Elementary Korean 1

Spring 2014


Welcome to LAN 101S: Elementary Korean 1, the beginning course in the Korean language (한국어). 환영합니다. This course will enable you to learn basic reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in Korean. Also providing information about Korean culture and people, the course will enable you to build a foundation for futher studies in Korean language and culture.new


More specifically, you will be able to:

•   read, pronounce, and write words in Korean

•   learn basic Korean grammar

•   learn basic Korean vocabulary

•   have basic conversations in Korean

•   identify and describe basic features and patterns of Korean culture and peoplenew


Achieving these goals will require hard work on your part, which will bring many challenging, enlightening, exciting, frustrating, and rewarding experiences.

 

Accessibility Statement:

Westminster College actively strives for the full inclusion of all our students. Students with disabilities who require access solutions for environmental or curricular barriers should contact Faith Craig, Director of Disability Resources: 209 Thompson-Clark Hall; 724-946-7192; craigfa@westminster.edu.

 

Requirements and evaluation for the course

Evaluation


For my criteria for evaluation of assignments go to Evaluation and read the information carefully.

N.B.: If you have any questions about any assignment, please ask in class or make an appointment to see me.

N.B.: If you have any questions about any evaluation or how you are doing in the course, please make an appointment to see me.

 

Assignments


You are responsible for learning and reviewing what is covered in class as well as in the Talk to Me in Korean curriculum.


Vocabulary


Throughout the semester, you will be responsible for learning Korean words for basic conversation. The words you are assigned to learn may constitute a part of any quiz or exam. See the vocabulary list (always reload or refresh the page).

Quizzes

&

exams

There will be a midterm exam on all the materials we will have covered by the time of the exam. The final exam will cover the entire sweep of the course. There may be pop quizzes, the results of which will affect the evaluation of your participation. See my Evaluation page under Quizzes and examinations.


Grades


Grades will be assigned as fairly as possible. See my Evaluation page under Grades for more information. The final grade for the course will consist of the following:


final exam
40%

Participation is a significant part of this course.

See my Evaluation page under Participation

for more information and instructions.

midterm exam 30%

participation (including pop quizzes and preparation of assignment)new 30%


No matter what Korean or language abilities you have at the beginning of the semester, the amount of progress you make will affect your course grade.new


N.B.: If you have any questions about any assignment, please ask in class or make an appointment to see me.

N.B.: If you have any questions about any evaluation or how you are doing in the course, please make an appointment to see me.

 

Required books

The instructor will use various methods for teaching Korean, including Web resources, but the basic curriculum is found at Talk To Me In Korean (TTMIK). Each lesson comes with an audio file and a PDF file. You may find the TTMIK workbooks helpful for learning and reviewing grammar, but they are not required.

 

Recommended books (* = highly recommended)

TTMIK workbooks (You may find them helpful for learning and reviewing grammar.)

* Strunk, William, Jr., and E. B. White. The Elements of Style. New York: Macmillan Publishing, 1979. (See my Resources page under Miscellaneous for the first edition of Strunk.)

 

Resources to consider

Course materials on the R-drivenew

Enunce (general cultural information)

 

Keeping in touch

During the semester check your e-mail regularly for messages regarding course matters (e.g., changes in the syllabus). Visit and reload (refresh) this page for updates to the syllabus; see also my homepage for other information and resources related to the course. Please feel free to make an appointment any time about any course matters.

 

Tips from former students

For some practical advice from former students, see the tips page.

 

One last word . . .

Regardless of how demanding all of this is, I promise to be as fair as possible. I recognize that you will be very busy this semester pursuing various obligations and passions. I understand. I have my passions too, e.g., my family, music, philosophy, nature, mountain biking, fixing things, food. But I am also very passionate about education, both yours and mine—I mean not just the business of acquiring knowledge but more importantly the total development of honorable human beings. I do not require you to share my excitement about all the things we will cover, but I do expect you to do your best to complete the requirements for the course. To help you do that, I will make myself available outside the class time and the office hours. I will be glad to help you when you are struggling with an assignment. Or if you have any questions, concerns, complaints, and even compliments, I will do my best to take the time to listen and offer my response. Keep in mind that I am here to help you learn. So again, welcome to LAN 101S: Elementary Korean 1. 환영합니다.


Course schedule T 12:40–1:50   &   R 3:40–5:10     PH 107

LAN 101S
Elementary
Korean 1


= required

+ = in the library (N.B.: Please do not check them out, so that others may read them in the library.)

bold = primary text(s) for presentation or class (discussion)

> = recommended / suggested


Week 1

 

Jan 14 T

Jan 16

General orientation


Course syllabus (including Evaluation link; review requirements, expectations, and criteria for grading—ask Qs, if you have any)

"Letter design" (>also here for a brief look)


Remember: bring your Qs & Cs to each class (see Participation).

Copy all relevant Web pages and resources to your hard disk or flash drive, etc. for easy access. Keep the copies updated.


notes in class (This will be updated to include our work in class.)

vocabulary list


Week 2

 

Jan 21 T

Jan 23

The Korean alphabet


basic consonants and vowels (한글 & pronunciation)


Talk to Me in Korean curriculum: Level 1, Lessons 1–2 (Click on the appropriate level and lesson; download PDF files for future use.)


Week 3

 

Jan 28 T

Jan 30

The Korean alphabet


letter combinations: double consonants and diphthongsants and vowels


Talk to Me in Korean curriculum: Level 1, Lessons 3–4


Week 4

 

Feb 4 T

Feb 6

Reading and writing


Talk to Me in Korean curriculum: Level 1, Lessons 5–6


Week 5

 

Feb 11 T

Feb 13

numbers (helpful overview)

days of the week


Talk to Me in Korean curriculum: Level 1, Lessons 7–9


Week 6

 

Feb 18 T

Feb 20

numbers (helpful overview)

days of the week


Talk to Me in Korean curriculum: Level 1, Lessons 10–11


Week 7

 

Feb 25 T

Feb 27

Feb 27: midterm exam


Talk to Me in Korean curriculum: Level 1, Lessons 12–13


Week 8

 

Mar 4 T

Mar 6

 

Mar 10–16

(break)

course syllabus (including Evaluation link; review requirements, expectations, and criteria for grading—ask Qs, if you have any)


Talk to Me in Korean curriculum: Level 1, Lessons 14–15


conversation about Korean (and American) culture with 구애리 (Aeri Goo), one of our 연세대학 (Yonsei Univ.) exchange studentsnew

• similarities and differences in American and Korean life as well as in collegiate life at 연세대학교 and at Westminster

• Come with written questions about Korea and Korean life (especially about young people and college students) and about Korean language.


notes in class

vocabulary list


Week 9

 

Mar 18 T

Mar 20


Talk to Me in Korean curriculum: Level 1, Lessons 16–17


Week 10

 

Mar 25 T

Mar 27


Talk to Me in Korean curriculum: Level 1, Lessons 18–19


Week 11

 

Apr 1 T

Apr 3


Talk to Me in Korean curriculum: Level 1, Lessons 20–21


Apr 1: skit Korean using vocabulary and grammar lessons from TTMIK and classnew


Korean culture and language through singing: 학 교종이 땡땡땡new


Apr 3: Korean movie night with the Nas 7:46 PM-ish
Feel free to bring DVDs of movies you think your classmates should see. For directions click here.


Week 12

 

Apr 8 T

Apr 10


Talk to Me in Korean curriculum: Level 1, Lessons 22–23


Week 13

 

Apr 15 T

 

Apr 17–21

(break)

 

Apr 24


Talk to Me in Korean curriculum: Level 1, Lessons 24–25


Korean culture and language through singing: 머 리 어깨 무릎 발new


Week 14

 

Apr 29 T

May 1

Review


Talk to Me in Korean curriculum: Level 1 review


May 1: conversation about Korean (and American) culture with 정유진 (Yoojin Jung) and 구애리 (Aeri Goo), our 연세대학 (Yonsei Univ.) exchange studentsnew

• similarities and differences in American and Korean life as well as in collegiate life at 연세대학교 and at Westminster

• Come with written questions about Korea and Korean life (especially about young people and college students) and about Korean language.


May 7 W

Reading Day (Review session for final exam?)

May 7 W

F  i  n  a  l     e  x  a  m: 1:00–3:30 (PH 328, tentatively)


evaluation

resources

Na home



The growing precision of our understanding should enhance, and not diminish our sense of wonder. (Alfred Brendel)


Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously. (G. K. Chesterton)


In much wisdom is much vexation, and those who increase knowledge increase in sorrow. (Ecclesiastes 1.18)


Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. (Anonymous)








free lessons (audio & PDF files):

http://www.talktomeinkorean.com



learning Korean:

http://www.learnkorean.com/home/index.asp

http://www.howtostudykorean.com

http://www.linguanaut.com/learn_korean.htm

http://mylanguages.org/korean_vocabulary.php

http://www.zkorean.com/korean-grammar-and-vocabulary-reference

http://www.101languages.net/korean/vocabulary.html

http://www.languageguide.org/korean/vocabulary

e.g: great for numbers: http://www.languageguide.org/korean/numbers



vocabulary:

http://www.koreanclass101.com/korean-word-lists/?page=1

http://www.101languages.net/korean/basics.html

http://mylanguages.org/korean_vocabulary.php

http://www.linguanaut.com/korean_vocabulary.htm

http://quizlet.com/22898617/basic-korean-vocabulary-flash-cards (Make your own flashcards.)

http://www.topikguide.com/2012/08/korean-frequency-list-top-6000-words.html

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Basic_Korean_Vocabulary_List


numbers:

http://www.omniglot.com/language/numbers/korean.htm

http://www.koreanfluent.com/cross_cultural/korean_numbers/korean_numbers.htm



vocabulary tips:

http://www.topikguide.com/2012/07/how-to-improve-your-korean-vocabulary.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah9qTZ-hiBo