01:574:301 Advanced Korean 

This course is the first half of the Advanced Korean, and it is designed for students who have finished two years of Korean courses (K101-K202) or have equivalent background in Korean language and culture. This course aims to help students develop their language skills in four areas-speaking, listening, reading, and writing-in Korean at the advanced level. The course covers grammar and vocabulary, reading comprehension, fluency, conversation manners, and public speaking. Emphasis will be on the appropriate use of Korean in a variety of situations including schools, companies, and formal/informal meetings. This course also enables students to understand Korean culture and history and to develop cross-cultural insights by comparing Korean society with US society. Korean history, image of Korea, and current social trends in Korea will be discussed for a solid understanding of Korean culture in which Korean language is embedded.

Successful completion of the course fulfills the following Asian Languages and Cultures Departmental Learning Goals for Korean majors and minors:

  • Majors in Korean will acquire in-depth knowledge of the Korean language as well as the literature and culture of Korea. Majors will be able to demonstrate oral, reading, and written proficiency in the language and develop critical skills in analyzing and interpreting literary, historical, and cultural texts. Students will acquire the literary, cultural, and linguistic competency necessary for continuing onto post-graduate study or employment requiring such cultural knowledge and/or linguistic skill. Students will learn the cultural heritage of Korea within the larger context of East Asia through a wide and coherent curriculum, which includes courses in the following humanities and social science disciplines: literature, visual culture, history, religion, language, and linguistics.
  • Minors will be introduced to the cultural heritage of Korea through courses on literature, history, civilization, language, and linguistics. Minors will be able to communicate effectively (listening, speaking, and writing) in Korean and will learn critical skills in analyzing and interpreting historical and cultural materials appropriate to the student’s area of specialization. Students will achieve advanced linguistic competency and be able to demonstrate practical skills in using Korean for translation and interpretation. Students will be able to relate relevant issues to other areas in the humanities.

Course Materials: (1) Chang, S., Jeong, H., Sohn, H., & Yoon, S. (2018). Integrated Korean - High Intermediate 1, KLEAR Textbooks in Korean Language. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press. [ISBN: 9780824877927]
(2) Chang, S., Jeong, H., Sohn, H., & Yoon, S. (2021). Integrated Korean - High Intermediate 1 (Workbook), KLEAR Textbooks in Korean Language. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press. [ISBN: 9780824891770]
(3) Audio Materials: http://www.kleartextbook.com [High Intermediate> High Intermediate One > Click textbook Lesson 1-7 or workbook Lesson 1-7 tab]

* You are REQUIRED to either purchase or rent (1) and purchase a NEW copy of (2). By the first day of Week 2, you are expected to prepare both (1) and (2). IF your books do not arrive by the day, you can bring a copy of it, however, YOU are responsible for making copies

Attendance and active participation are vital to success in a language class. You are required to attend every session on time and actively participate during the session. Frequent absences will lead to difficulties in keeping up with the course.

  • If your absences exceed 2 classes (3 and more absences), it will negatively affect your grade. If your absences exceed 6 classes (7 and more absences), you may fail the course. Being tardy to class or leaving class (5 minutes or more for both) early two times will count as an absence. Missing a class for more than 40 minutes will be also considered one absence.
  • Absences will be excused only on a case-by-case basis and at the instructor’s discretion. Students are responsible for providing advanced notification for any absence. When advanced notification is not possible, the student must provide notification as soon as possible and the notification should include an explanation of why the notice could not be sent prior to the absence from class.
  • In case you test positive for COVID-19, please inform the campus Student Health office of your positive test result and follow the university and CDC guideline. Also, please let your instructor know your quarantine and isolation schedule based on CDC calculator (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html).
  • For more information, refer to University wide Covid-19 Information website (https://coronavirus.rutgers.edu/faqs).
  • It is YOUR responsibility to keep up with what you have missed for absences. Make-up tests or assignments will not be permitted in the case of an unexcused absence.
  • If you have any concerns regarding course attendance and participation, consult your instructor in advance.
  • Use of digital devices without permission will also negatively affect your grade. Digital devices must be turned off and put away during class.
    You should have done homework assignments before class to participate fully in the classroom activities. If you failed to do so due to unexpected circumstances, contact your instructor as soon as you can.

Workbook HW should be submitted according to the schedule (TBD in class & via Canvas). Scan/take a picture of your workbook submission, create a pdf file and go to Canvas>Assignment> and submit them under the page number. Your file MUST be in a pdf format. If your computer is a mac, you can use ‘preview’ and export/save them as pdf or you can google ‘free-online-based-image-to-pdf tools’. (e.g., https://imagetopdf.com/)

You are expected to submit two essays and their revisions during the semester. Out of five given topics, you get to choose two topics that does not overlap with your group presentation. Topics and due dates will be given in class. All essays should be submitted via Canvas>Assignment. Also, you are required to revise the essays and resubmit them within two weeks. Adequate grammar, vocab., and expressions level and organization skills for 300 level Korean are required.

There will be two vocabulary quiz for each lesson. The quiz will be on basic meaning and usage of the vocab. You are expected to review the vocabulary for each lesson, before the first day of each lesson, and bring questions to class. Refer to Canvas for video lectures on vocabs.

There will be one midterm exam and one non-cumulative final exam (during the final exam period). The final exam will be held according to the University schedule. Please check the schedule at: http://finalexams.rutgers.edu

All students are required to give a group presentation on a given topic. You are expected to create PPT slides that best assist the presentation. Additional instructions will be given in class.

For the final project, you will create a digital magazine in Korean. You should form a group (2-3 students) and choose one theme related to lesson 5 (Possible topic: K-drama, K-movie, K-pop song, K-pop singer, etc.) You are required to add appropriate descriptions and images to introduce selected topic. You should not repeat existing materials from any other media including Internet, T.V. programs, books, or magazines. If the project does not show creativity compared to existing ones, the lowest grade will be given to the project regardless of other strong points. You will also have to submit a short report paper (in English) that describes the process of your project. Further instruction will be given in class.