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Beginning Korean

The DFLC students in the Beginning Korean course have multiple motives to learn the language. Students have shown interest in learning Korean because they want to communicate with their Korean friends, to watch their favorite Korean dramas, to understand another country’s culture and custom, and to visit Korea in the future. As the semester began, we focused on reading and writing the Korean language through extensive use of the Integrated Korean: Beginning Level 1 Workbook. Step-by-step, the students started to use simple Korean expressions based within different contexts. They have learned 12 situational conversation scripts and narrations with various drill practices. The students are highly encouraged to learn more Korean expressions through various internet sources such as 두근두근 한국어, which are connected with the popular Korean dramas.

As the semester comes to an end, our students in the Beginning Korean course are able to clearly and effectively read, write, and communicate. They have learned grammar, in addition to basic vocabulary, and are able to use basic Korean communicative expressions that are commonly used on a daily basis. And our students are able to understand the Korean culture through learning its language. All of our students have expressed great enthusiasm and effort in learning the Korean language. As an instructor, Professor Mi-Young Kim is extremely delighted to have a chance to teach our DFLC students.

Mi-Young Kim, was born in South Korea. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in Foreign Language Education at Ewha Womans University in Seoul before moving to the United States to pursue her master of science and doctoral degrees at Kansas State University. After earning her PhD in Curriculum and Development, with focus on foreign language teaching techniques and methods, she moved back to Korea to expand her teaching experience. While in Pullman, she worked for several years as a principal at Pullman-Moscow Korean School.