Conversational Korean

I.     Course Prefix/Number: KOR 105

       Course Name: Conversational Korean

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Korean 102 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides conversational practice in Korean to develop oral facility. Content includes specially designed exercises in pronunciation, stress and rhythm, vocabulary development, oral presentations, and class discussion of life in Korea. Recommended: knowledge of beginning Korean vocabulary, sounds and structures, including perfect and imperfect tenses.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Build student proficiency in speaking Korean.
  2. Refine pronunciation and intonation.
  3. Acquire the vocabulary and contextual information necessary for functional use of Korean.
  4. Use the Korean language in the context of real life situations.

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

Week Unit Topic Grammar Exam
1 1 Korean Greetings *use the sentence ending – 세요
*greet someone properly in Korean
* address Korean adults
  2 Introducing friends *introduce your friends to a third person
*use personal pronouns
2 3 Asking for directions *express location and direction
*location markers – 에, 에서, (으)로
*use sentence ending –ㄹ(을) 거예요.
3 4 Going out for lunch *read a Korean menu and order dishes
*use the suggestive endings- (ㄹ)을까요?
*let’s –(ㅂ)시다
4 5 Shopping *know where you can shop in Korea
*the base, comparative and superlative structures
5 6 Meeting friends at a café *talk about daily routines with friends
*make an apology
*use the conjunction –because “때문에”
6 7 At international house *talk about the place you are staying
*use the indirect speech ending –고 하다
*use the relative clause marker –라고 하다
7 8 Invitation to a Korean house *accept an invitation to a Korean home
*express likes and dislikes
*use the nominalizing marker –기
Final Exam

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Class work is organized functionally, dealing with the tasks or functions which form the basis of spoken communication.  Class time will be used to practice using Korean in order to express the kind of communicative needs we all experience in a variety of situations.  Student suggestions for use of class time will be incorporated throughout the semester.  Group and individual oral reports and impromptu talks will also be used.  Students will work at home with a tape of authentic conversations coordinated with each chapter.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

This course must be taught face-to-face.

Regular class attendance.  This is a participation class, so presence in class is obligatory.  Prepare the assigned text pages prior to each class to be prepared for the situations we play out.  There are no written exams.  Throughout the semester students will be involved in a variety of group activities.  The final will consist of an oral report and an oral reading exam to demonstrate the accuracy of pronunciation.  Grammar will be reviewed only as needed.

The Oakton Community College catalog states: Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or marital status in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or employment practices.

In keeping with this policy of tolerance and non-discrimination, in this class all of us (myself included) should strive to:

  • Listen and give careful consideration to all ideas expressed in class, especially those that are different from our own, without attacking or demeaning the people who have those views, and
  • Avoid using insulting terms or telling offensive jokes when talking to or about individuals or groups.

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.

  • Colloquial Korean – The Complete Course for Beginners, Latest Edition,

By Danielle Ooyoung Pyun and In-Seok Kim.

  • A Korean/English dictionary of your choice.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

1. Attendance 10%
2. Preparation and participation 10%
3. Presentation 40%
4. Exams 40%

Grading Scale:

1. A 100% - 90%
2. B 89% - 90%
3. C 79% - 70%
4. D 69% - 60%
5. F 59% and below

Workbook or electronic assignments must be done by students outside of the classroom in order to practice the course content. These assignments will count as 25% of the course final grade. Students need to have at least a D (60%) in this section in order to pass this course.

In this course at least one speaking exam is required.

XI.   Other Course Information

In this section, each instructor should specify policies on attendance, make-up exams, and late assignments.

Heritage speakers may not take this class.

Oakton has two Language Labs to support your language study. The Language Labs offer the perfect atmosphere for doing your lab homework, meeting with a language tutor, attending a conversation group, or working on a computer. You can find a variety of language specific resources and equipment: language reference books and other supplementary language materials, headphones with microphones, keyboard covers for typing in another language, and more. Language Lab personnel are always available to help students working individually. Visit one of the Language Labs today:

Des Plaines, Room 2446, 847.635.1612
Ray Hartstein (Skokie) Campus, Room C132, 847.635.1493

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.