Learn Korean Characters Self Paced (Grades 7-12)

Learn Korean Characters Self Paced (Grades 7-12)

Learn Korean Characters

Instructor: Yun

Syllabus


Instructor:

I'm a native Korean speaker who has lived in Korea for 28 years since I was born, and majored in biology.  I moved to the US from Korea, in 2021.  I'm fluent in both Korean and English.  I earned perfect scores in Korean language, math, and science sections in the Korean SAT.  I have experience working in a college press and a thesis correction team in Korea.  I've taught Korean language to Korean students for college entrance exams, and all ranges of non-native students for more than 9 years.  I've helped many students move and study in Korea as exchange students and college students.  

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Course Overview:

Are you interested in Korean culture?  Do you want to understand what Korean people say?  Are you planning a trip to Korea one day?  This is the right place to start learning Korean!  Let's begin the first step of the great journey. 


This is a 6 week beginner class for students who are interested in Korean culture and language.  We study basic Korean language and research about Korea and Korean culture through active projects, with a well-experienced native Korean teacher.  I'll explain how Korean characters are made, how those work, then we're going to study how to read, how to write, how to pronounce, and practice it together.  We're going to see the images of Korea taken by the teacher and talk about Korean culture every class as well.  After this class, the learners will be able to read, write and pronounce any Korean characters anywhere!


The student will have access to a class recording weekly to watch, as well as additional written and visual documents to augment the recording. The student will also have various quizzes and interactive assignments to check their understanding of the video content.  Also each week, students will have an opportunity to complete their own projects related to the class content and to receive individualized teacher feedback.  This class doesn't require any background knowledge to take.  The teacher will provide worksheets which students can practice writing with, and pronunciation files recorded by the native Korean teacher.



Expectations:


1.       Students are expected to complete all assignments and assigned projects.

 

2.       If at any point in this course you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.  I am ready and available if you need my assistance at any point.



Course topics:


Week 1 : What is Hangul?  We're going to study who made the Korean writing system Hangul and what is special with these characters.  We're going to see the images of the characters and learn the philosophy in these characters for the first step of the great journey.  We're going to see how they look and how they work, then we're going to learn 7 characters out of 24 basic Korean characters - consonants ㄱ, ㄴ, ㄷ, and vowels ㅏ, ㅓ, ㅗ, ㅜ.  We're going to pronounce and write those together, then combine those to make real sound we use in Korean and practice with examples.


Week 2 : We're going to learn 9 characters - consonants ㄹ, ㅁ, ㅂ, ㅅ, ㅇ, and vowels ㅑ, ㅕ, ㅛ, ㅠ.  We're going to practice the pronunciation together with simple vocabulary I prepared during the class and we're going to learn how to write as well.  We're going to write the learners' and the teacher's names in Korean together!


Week 3: We're going to learn the rest of the basic Korean characters, total 8 - consonants ㅈ, ㅊ, ㅋ, ㅌ, ㅍ, ㅎ and vowels ㅡ, ㅣ.  We're going to practice the pronunciation and writing with the all characters we learned so far.  Congratulations, the first step to Korean is halfway done!  There are a few more characters we need to study, but it doesn't take that long since they're extension of the basic characters.


Week 4: We're going to learn 5 double consonants and 4 compound vowels(diphthongs) - consonants ㄲ, ㄸ, ㅃ, ㅆ, ㅉ, and vowels ㅐ, ㅒ, ㅔ, ㅖ.  We're going to practice the new characters and have a big review time!


Week 5: We're going to learn the rest 7 of the compound vowels(diphthongs) - ㅘ, ㅙ, ㅚ, ㅝ, ㅞ, ㅟ, ㅢ.  We're going to talk a little bit about the rest a few characters which we're not going to talk about in this class, since those are not used often on the beginner lever of Korean and require more understanding in Korean.  Let's talk about those in following classes!  Let's try to read the vocabulary the teacher brought for the class in the previous classes, which the learners can read the whole part now.  Let's also see why our names are written like that in Korean!  On this level, the learners can read any Korean anywhere.  


Week 6:  We are going to practice reading this week and using our knowledge of characters to read through sentences and into stories. Congratulations!  You just made the first step of the great journey.  




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