Intermediate Korean I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: KOR 201

       Course Name: Intermediate Korean I

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Korean 102 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues KOR 102. Content includes developing skill in speaking, listening, reading and writing within the context of Korean culture. Recommended: knowledge of the basic structures of Korean as typically covered in one year of college Korean, as well as a working vocabulary of at least 1,000 words.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Actively communicate in Korean, making spontaneous use of structures and vocabulary studied.
  2. Demonstrate an appreciation of contemporary Korean culture through written and aural class work.
  3. Demonstrate spoken Korean in everyday contexts through responding to complex questions.
  4. Illustrate reading comprehension through answering relevant questions on short literary passages.
  5. Use elements of intermediate grammar through listening, spoken, and written exercises.
  6. Write complex sentences within the context of what has been studied.

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 Title Grammar Reading &
1 1 What is your name? *Honorific Forms
*Korean names
Self-Introduction/I am Andy  
2-3 2 What do you do after school? *-ing forms/-고 있다
*after then../은 다음에
I wake up early not to be late school.  
4-5 3 What did you do with friends? *when- /때
*before then / -기 전에 *so / -아,어서
My daily life.  
6-7 4 Can I go to 인사동
(Insadong) if I ride the subway line #2?
*if- /-(으)면
*shall we? / (을)까요?
How do I get there?  
8-9 5 I am busy so go there tomorrow. *due to, because
* intend to do something. –기로 했어요
What Kind of movies do you like? Mid-term
10-11 6 May I sit here? *May I?
*let’s do -
There is a rule.  
12-13 7 Should I show you which color? *shall (should) I?
Show me any big backpacks please.  
14-15 8 What would you like to eat? *reported speech form(adjective) How do I make
16 9 Please tell him I called to him. *reported speech form Could you please give him a message? Final Exam

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 audio CDs 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.

CDs are to be used to reinforce what has been studied in class as well as speaking and listening skills.  Video materials will also be used to supplement the text.

For instructional purposes, English will be used to explain rules of grammar, but Korean will be used for all other activities.


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

VIII. Course Practices Required

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

DO NOT MISS class.  Do assigned preparations prior to the class.  Written exercises from the textbook and additional homework must be submitted on the date specified in the syllabus.  Listen to the audio CDs a minimum of two hours per week (though it is recommended to spend one hour per day) and submit the lab exercises on the date specified in the syllabus.

Take one mid‑term exam and one final exam.  There will be two lengthy quizzes before and after the mid-term exam.  There will also be daily quizzes which will focus on vocabulary and some aspects of the material covered in the previous classes.  (The coverage of vocabulary in the quizzes will be cumulative, including terms studied in Beginning Korean I and II.)

Both mid‑term and final exams will consist of oral and written parts.

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.

  • Sogang Korean –Korean for Non-Native Speakers (StudentBook 2A), by Korean Language Education Center, Latest Edition, Sogang University/ The Publishing company, “Hawoo”.
  • Sogang Korean –Korean for Non-Native Speakers (WorkBook 2A),  by Korean Language Education Center, Latest Edition, Sogang University/ The Publishing company, “Hawoo”.


  • Korean/English and English/Korean dictionary

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

1. Attendance & Participation 10%
2. Presentation 15%
3. Exams 30%
4. Lab Assignments 45%

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.