Intermediate Korean II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: KOR 202

       Course Name: Intermediate Korean II

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Korean 201 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course increases knowledge of Korean grammar and understanding of Korean culture. Content includes reading, writing and speaking practice. Recommendation: ability to use basic structures of Korean typically covered in the first semester of the second year, as well in the first year of college in both speaking, and writing, and working vocabulary of at least 2,000 words.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To learn to communicate actively in Korean, spontaneously using the structures and vocabulary learned in class.
  2. To understand spoken Korean in everyday contexts.
  3. To read simple passages.
  4. To learn the basic grammar of Korean, relevant to the material studied in class.
  5. To write simple paragraphs, incorporating the structures that have been studied in class.
  6. To understand contemporary Korean culture.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Writing AssignmentsCultural Expolorations
1 Course Introduction Review of Korean alphabet and major grammar points from previous courses. Comparing a Korean holiday to a US holiday Korean holidays, Korean alphabet in historical context
2 Personal Introductions Greetings for social & professional occasions Relative Clauses Explaining manners and customs from around the world Dining etiquettes, manners in Korea
3-4 Emotions Moods, Emotions Expressing presumption Explaining American proverbs Korean proverbs in historical context
5 Review & EXAM 1
6-7 Entertainment Shows, performances, and special events Reported Speech,
Casual Speech
Subordinating Conjunctions
Comparing popular (K-POP) to traditional Korean music.

Written reactions to poetry
Korean wave and Korean popular (K-POP) music

Korean poet and his works
9-10 Relationships Family & Honorifics Honorific Verb Conjugations

Comparison Suffixes
Student’s Family Tree,
Movie Reaction
Researching and writing about a Korean play
Translating a scene from the play into English
Korean film screening (movie theme: family, elders, and authority in Korean society)

Performing a Play
11 Travel Transportation, Tourist Attractions Past / Present Perfect Report on village of Hahae and Korean mask dance Traditional Korean dances and costumes in historical context
12 Review & EXAM 2
13 - 14 Decision Making Goals, Degrees of Certainty Will, Conviction, and Intent Suffixes Writing about selected presentation topic. STUDENT PRESENTATIONS (Students’ choice from various historical, cultural, traditional, and contemporary topics)
15 Tradition Review of Dates, Months, Days Passive Voice, Causative Adverbial Suffix Researching and writing about a famous calligrapher from Joseon Dynasty. Writing Korean calligraphy
Famous Korean Museums
16 Review & FINAL EXAM

Description of Writing Assignments / Cultural Exploration Activities

Week 1: Students learn about major Korean holidays in class.  For homework, they are asked to write one page comparing the significance of one of these holidays to a comparable US holiday.

Week 2: Students are exposed to manners and dining etiquette in Korea.  They are then given a homework assignment to write one page, in which they compare these customs to those of the United States & one other country of the student’s choice.

Weeks 3-4: Students learn various Korean proverbs and the lessons or morals behind them. They are then asked to write a one-page comparison to a similar American proverb in class.

Week 5: EXAM 1 will focus on grammar from the previous units, as well as reading comprehension.

Week 6-7: Students listen to Korean folk songs and compare them to contemporary popular music in Korea (K-POP).  They are asked to write a one-page comparison of the two in class.  The following week, students learn about the life of Korean poet Sowoul Kim, and read his famous poem, “Azalea Flower” (1925), which was written in the style of Korean folk songs.  They are asked to point out literary elements, such as personification, imagery, and rhyme scheme, and to compare the poem to contemporary K-POP songs in a two page analysis for homework.

Week 9-10: Students learn about the role of elders and authority figures in Korean society.  Using the vocabulary and grammar from the unit, students are asked to create and explain their own family trees (one page in Korean).  This unit coincides with Oakton Community College’s annual foreign language film festival, for which the instructor selects the Korean entry.  The selected movie will have the themes of family or elders play a prominent role in its plot.  For homework, students are asked to write a two-page analysis on these themes as presented in the film.

Week 11: Students are introduced to traditional Korean dances, including the mask dance.  As a homework assignment they are asked to research and write one page about the mask dance and the village of Hahae, where the traditional mask dance originated.

Week 12: EXAM 2 will focus on grammar from the previous units, as well as reading comprehension. 

Week 13-14: Students write three pages on their selected presentation topic.  (See “Description of Student Presentations” below.)

Week 15: Students read about Jung-Ho Kim, a famous Joseon calligrapher, in class and learn to write Korean calligraphy using wet black ink and scrolls.  Students are then given a homework assignment to write one page on Kim’s life and on calligraphy as an art form.

Week 16: As part of the FINAL EXAM, students are asked to write on the topic, “What advice would you give to a friend who will be traveling to Korea for summer vacation?  What can he/she expect?  Where should he/she visit?”

Description of Group Activity
Students are put into groups and are assigned to do research on one of two traditional Korean novels, “Simchungjun” or “Buljubujun.”  They write a two-page group paper and give a two-minute presentation on the play’s historical context and impact on contemporary Korean society.  Students then perform short skits, adapted from the novels.

Description of Student Presentations
Students are allowed to select a topic for a presentation that is five to seven minutes in length.  At least half of this presentation must be given in Korean.  Topics are relatively open ended and are intended to build on the cultural themes explored in the course.  Instructor provides sample topics, but students are allowed to choose their own.  Previous presentation topics have included: origins of traditional Korean dress, origins of traditional Korean dishes, origins of Korean musical instruments, Korean holidays not covered in week one of the course, Korean calligraphy and works of art, origins of Korean superstitions, Korean national monuments and historical sites, and the effects of the Korean War on contemporary Korean society.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

There will be a mix of independent preparation and various classroom activities. Students are expected to have studied the text and to have listened the CD of the text assigned in the syllabus prior to class, in order to be able to participate in the class actively. Oral exercises, oral reading, in-class writing, role-playing are representative classroom activities. Students will make short representation about articles read in Korean magazines.

For instructional purposes, English will be used to explain rules of grammar; otherwise, only Korean will be used.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. DO NOT MISS CLASS. Attendance and participation points are only given if the student is physically in class.  If he/she is late to class and/or leaves early, the attendance and participation points will be lowered.  Emergencies that prevent students from attending class are handled on a case-by-case basis, but they typically require providing written documentation (i.e., Doctor’s note, funeral prayer book, airplane ticket, etc.)  Making prior arrangements to miss class, whenever possible, is desirable.
  2. Grammar exercises from the textbook must be submitted on the deadline specified when they are assigned.
  3. There will be three vocabulary tests, two unit exams, and one final exam. The unit and final exams will consist of grammar and reading comprehension. Unless there is a major emergency, NO MAKE-UP EXAMS WILL BE GIVEN.
  4. Homework assignments will usually include a lab component, which entails utilizing Oakton’s Language Lab facilities. These lab assignments could include viewing videos, practicing grammar exercises, visiting the language tutor, and/or recording oneself speaking the target language.
  5. This course requires regular writing practice. Writing assignments given for homework will be usually one to two pages each. Writing assignments given in class will be usually one paragraph to one page in length. Each exam will also include a writing component. The total writing for the course is 16 pages.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes and on Oakton’s Desire2Learn online system.

Sogang Korean –Korean for Non-Native Speakers (StudentBook 2B), by Sung-Hee Kim, Jeung-Wha Lee, and Ye-Ren Jeung.  Sogang University / Hawoo Publishing, Latest Edition

Sogang Korean –Korean for Non-Native Speakers (WorkBook 2B),  by Sung-Hee Kim, Jeung-Wha Lee, and Ye-Ren Jeung.  Sogang University / Hawoo Publishing, Latest Edition

Recommended: Korean/English and English/Korean dictionary

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Final grade is based on exam, quizzes, assignments, lab exercises, and class attendance.

Attendance & Participation 10%
Vocabulary Tests 10%
Three Unit Exams 25%
Lab Assignment 25%
Cultural Writing Assignments & Presentation 30%

The following standards will be used in determining grades on the above:

A 100% - 90%
B 89% - 90%
C 79% - 70%
D 69% - 60%
F 59% and below

XI.   Other Course Information

A grade for an Incomplete (I) must be requested by the student no later than the week before the final exam; it is not awarded automatically when coursework is incomplete. In order to qualify for an (I), you must have already completed at least the first eight lessons, and taken the Mid-term exam. Be prepared to specify your plan/ schedule for completion of the remaining course requirements within the eight weeks period allowed.

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