Language Courses

KORN 311 Topics in Advanced Korean

Semester: Fall
Offered: 2017

This course aims to develop an in-depth understanding of Korean culture and society through the analysis of spoken and written Korean discourse.  Students will engage with key sociolinguistic concepts of politeness, hierarchy, solidarity, power, age, and gender, and enhance their advanced vocabulary, grammar, and conversational skills.  Students will also develop their abilities in conversation management, self-presentation, socialization, and sense of socio-cultural appropriateness, and gain a better understanding of how native speakers’ cultural practices are reflected in language use and how interpersonal relationships are built and maintained through language.

Instructor: Ji-Young Jung

KORN 331 Current Korean Media I

Semester: Fall
Offered: 2017

Offered through the Penn Language Center. This course is designed for advanced level students focusing on developing knowledge about Korean society in areas such as education, politics, economy, environment, health, and mass communication. Audiovisual materials and newspaper articles are used for this course. Students are expected to actively participate in discussions, research, and presentations.

Instructor: Ji-Young Jung

Prerequisite(s): Completion of KORN 212 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor

KORN 281 Business Communication in Korean

Semester: Fall
Offered: 2017

This course is designed to help students improve their Korean language proficiency by learning essential communication skills necessary to engage in business in Korea. Students will also develop their knowledge of and competence in Korean business culture and practice. The course objectives include: (1) to learn essential business terms, advanced grammar structures and communication strategies in business transactions; (2) to learn Korean business customs and culture, work norms, and business etiquette that students need to successfully communicate in a Korean business context. Topics include job application, business correspondence and reports, discussion and presentation in business meetings, communication styles and strategies in business contexts, current business culture, etc. Upon completion of this course, students are expected to obtain the Intermediate Mid/High level of proficiency based on the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) proficiency scale. This course is offered through the Penn Language Center.

Instructor: Haewon Cho

Prerequisite(s): Completion of KORN 112, 132 or equivalent proficiency

KORN 211 Advanced Korean I

Semester: Fall
Offered: 2017

This course aims to develop functional proficiency in Korean at the intermediate-high level. Students will develop competence in fluency, grammatical accuracy and socio-linguistic/cultural appropriateness through a variety of activities and assignments. In addition, students will learn to communicate with more sophisticated grammatical structures and advanced vocabulary on various topics. The development of the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) is equally emphasized.

Instructor: Haewon Cho

Prerequisite(s): Completion of KORN 112 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor

KORN 111 Intermediate Korean I

Semester: Fall
Offered: 2017

The primary objective of the first intermediate course aims at building up students’ communicative competence and assisting them in using Korean in their real-life situations. This goal will be achieved not only by the use of authentic materials but also by various student-centered activities that are highly contextualized in everyday interactions. Students will be able to present information and exchange opinions on a variety of topics such as weather, fashion, travel, mailing, housing, public transportation, and shopping.

Instructor: Eunae Kim

Prerequisite(s): Completion of KORN 012 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor

KORN 131 Korean for Heritage Speakers I

Semester: Fall
Offered: 2017

This course is designed for heritage speakers who have a strong background in everyday Korean. In addition to gaining a deeper understanding of Korean Culture, the course focuses on enhancing linguistic accuracy (e.g., spelling, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, etc.) and fluency (idiomatic and figurative expressions, narrative structure, discursive practice, etc.) in both spoken and written Korean. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to express themselves more accurately and participate in Korea-related communities more meaningfully.

Instructor: Ji-Young Jung

KORN 011 Elementary Korean I

Semester: Fall
Offered: 2017

This course is designed for students who have little or no knowledge of Korean. This course aims at developing foundational reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills through meaningful communicative activities and tasks. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to comprehend and carry on simple daily conversations and create simple sentences in the past, present, and future tenses. Students will learn how to introduce themselves, describe their surroundings, talk about their daily lives, friends and relatives, and talk about past and future events.

Instructors: Ji-Young Jung (Section 001), Haewon Cho (Section 002), & Eunae Kim (Section 003)

KORN 482 Advanced Business Korean II

Semester: Spring
Offered: 2018

Offered through the Penn Language Center. A continuation of the material offered in KORN 481: Advanced Business Korean I. Students continue to closely follow the current topics of business and financial markets of Korea by actively participating in discussions, research, and presentations.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of KORN 481 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor

KORN 382 Business Korean II

Semester: Spring
Offered: 2018

Offered through the Penn Language Center. A continuation of the material offered in KORN 381: Business Korean I. Students further develop their Korean language proficiency at the advanced-high level by studying case studies, participating in discussions, and doing research and giving presentations on the topic of current Korean business and economy.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of KORN 381 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor

KORN 431 Advanced Readings in Modern Korean I

Semester: Spring
Offered: 2018

This course is designed for advanced level students. Based on literary pieces in the form of short stories, essays, and novels, students are to gain an in-depth, multi-faceted and critical understanding of Korean people, society, and culture. These objectives are achieved primarily through 1) close reading and discussion of original literary texts by 20th-century Korean writers; and 2) regular writing exercises. Some Korean films that are related to the topics of the reading text will be used.

Instructor: Ji-Young Jung

Prerequisite(s): Completion of KORN 311 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor

KORN 432 Advanced Readings Modern Korean II

Semester: Spring
Offered: 2019

This course is seeking creative and analytical thinking through more organized thematic topics such as family, human relationships, and the reflection of self-images and individual’s mental status while the society changes in time.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of KORN 431 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor

KORN 332 Current Korean Media II

Semester: Spring
Offered: 2018

Offered through the Penn Language Center. While KORN 311 is covering more general and broader topics, this course emphasizes developing in-depth knowledge of Korean society through research, discussion, and presentations.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of KORN 311 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor

KORN 212 Advanced Korean II

Semester: Spring
Offered: 2018

This is a continuation of KORN 211. Students continue to develop functional proficiency in Korean at the advanced-low level. The topics include literature, culture, Korean customs, and social issues of contemporary Korea.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of KORN 211 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor

KORN 112 Intermediate Korean II

Semester: Spring
Offered: 2018

This is a continuation of 111. The second course expands student’s competence by dealing with more functions in various contexts that students can frequently encounter in everyday interactions. In order to prepare students for social contexts, students are encouraged to engage in conversations by personalizing the topics, functions or contexts. Students will perform in an interpersonal way by providing and obtaining information, expressing feelings and emotions, and exchanging opinions on a variety of topics such as birthday parties, recreation and hobbies, Korean holidays, marriage, cultural differences, education and jobs. This course completes the College language requirement.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of KORN 111 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor

KORN 132 Korean for Heritage Speakers II

Semester: Spring
Offered: 2018

As a continuation of KORN 131, this course aims to further develop students’ linguistic and cultural competence by building on materials covered in KORN 131. Particular emphasis will be placed on consolidation of grammar structures, and expansion and enhancement of vocabulary. Topics include preparing for a trip to Korea, finding locations and giving directions, cooking Korean food, finding housing, entertaining, and participating in social events, reporting and coping with problems and emergencies. In addition to gaining a deeper understanding of Korean Culture, the course focuses on enhancing linguistic accuracy and fluency in both spoken and written Korean. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to express themselves more accurately and participate in Korea-related communities more meaningfully. This course completes the College language requirement.

KORN 012 Elementary Korean II

Semester: Spring
Offered: 2018

This is a continuation of KORN 011. This course aims at further development of the four language skills to the novice-mid level by building on materials covered in KORN 011. Students will learn how to use three speech styles (polite formal, informal, and intimate) appropriately in a given context. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to handle simple and elementary needs of daily lives and talk (and write) about a variety of topics such as family, college life, birthday celebration, shopping, Korean food, etc.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of KORN 011 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor