KOREAN

By the completion of the fourth semester or its equivalent in Korean (Second Year Korean II), language students are expected to achieve the ACTFL level of Intermediate-Mid. In general, the emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the Intermediate level of Korean. At the end of the fourth semester, students should be able to attain the following proficiency level:

SPEAKING

  • Produce strings of sentences more spontaneously with accuracy and fluency. Perform all speech levels (deferential, polite, intimate and plain) according to the interpersonal relationship and social context. Describe and exchange information on cultural and social issues, such as marriage customs and traditional holiday customs. Deliver simple news or hearsay regarding their life or interests using reported speech form. Narrate simple stories about unexpected events using the causative verb constructions. Make simple comparisons between Korean and their own culture regarding gestures, compliments and responses.
  • Present well-structured and less rehearsed skits (8-10 minutes) with a classmate, or individually prepared narration or presentation with elaboration (6-10 minutes), using Powerpoint or notes.

WRITING

  • Describe and narrate in paragraphs and compose paragraphs about their interests. Write descriptive compositions or reports (approximately 200 words in length) regarding a wider range of topics for their final presentation.
  • Summarize main ideas and supporting details of longer oral and written texts, using loosely connected sentences.
  • Make a simple advertisement and wiki page with classmates and edit each other’s errors and content.

LISTENING

  • Intensify awareness of nuances of discourse modalities (sentence-enders and auxiliary verbs) and discourse markers.
  • Demonstrate the incorporation of various clausal connectives and transitional words to make the sentences more complex.

READING

  • Develop their ability to understand a broader range of written and oral texts of more complex and extended sentences. Understand the implication of Korean culture and social conventions through learning proverbs and idiomatic expressions.

CULTURE

  • Describe and exchange information on cultural and social issues, such as marriage customs and traditional holiday customs.
  • Make simple comparisons between Korean and their own culture regarding gestures, compliments and responses.
  • Become familiar with Korean search engines and media to find information on Korean culture or current events.

REFLECTIVITY

  • Students are able to expand simple ideas into various stances of the speaker, using Korean discourse modality and express more complex relations between events such as cause, purpose, condition, concession, intention, or background. Also, students are expected to be able to interact with peers or native speakers of Korean on a variety of topics with complexity and command a lengthy narrative discourse on personal experience or instructional/descriptive fact-based context.