EAK 101L Elementary Korean 1                                                                  Fall 2008

Call Number 1906 / 5 credit

Professor: Dr. Andrew Sangpil Byon

Associate Professor

East Asian Studies Dept. – HU 244

State University of New York at Albany

Albany, NY 12222


E-mail: andrewbyon_ualbany@yahoo.com

(518) 442-2597 (voice)

(518) 442-4118 (fax)


Office Hour: MF 1130 a.m. - 1230 p.m. or by an appointment


Associate Instructor: Jinyoung Mason M.A.

Office: HU-283 (phone 442-4120)

E-mail: jkmason@albany.edu

Office Hour: TTH 1130 A.M. -100 P.M. or by an appointment


Our Korean Studies program website: www.albany.edu/korean


Class meetings:
  MWF   9:20AM - 10:15AM at HU-19
             TTH    9:10AM - 10:05AM at HU-19

Characteristics of all General Education Courses


1.        General Education courses offer introductions to the central topics of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields.

2.        General Education courses offer explicit rather than tacit understandings of the procedures, practices, methodology and fundamental assumptions of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields.

3.        General Education courses recognize multiple perspectives on the subject matter.

4.        General Education courses emphasize active learning in an engaged environment that enables students to be producers as well as consumers of knowledge.

5.        General Education courses promote critical inquiry into the assumptions, goals, and methods of various fields of academic study; they aim to develop the interpretive, analytic, and evaluative competencies characteristic of critical thinking.

Learning Objectives for General Education Foreign Language Courses
Basic proficiency in the understanding and use of an ancient or modern human language other than English as demonstrate by:

1.        the satisfactory completion of the first college semester (i.e., level Elementary II) of foreign language study or its equivalent; or

2.        passing a Regents “Checkpoint B” Examination or a Regents-approved equivalent with a score of 85 or above; or

3.        demonstration of competency in a language other than English, including languages not currently offered for formal instruction at this university; or

4.        satisfactory completion of at least one college semester in a study abroad program in a country where English is not the primary language of instruction.


1. Course Description

Elementary Korean I is the first part of First Year Korean. The course provides students with basic conversational and grammatical patterns, assuming that the students have no or little previous background knowledge of Korean. The objective of the course is to equip students with communicative skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing at a basic level in Korean; students will learn how to express simple ideas such as attributes, identities, locations, time, daily activities, weekend plan, desires, as well as how to combine simple ideas in various ways.


Classes are divided into two parts: two hours of lectures conducted by Prof. Byon, and three hours of drill sections conducted by Ms. Jinyoung Kang Mason. Lectures (both in Korean and English) will include explanations of those conversational patterns in grammatical and pragmatic terms.


Drill sections (entirely in Korean) will provide the students with opportunities to practice in actual communicative situations with various tasks and activities. Listening activities and weekly quizzes will be primarily on Friday. Besides weekly quizzes, there are occasional vocabulary and/or dictation quizzes.


2. Textbooks


  • Main textbook: Integrated Korean (Beginning 1): available campus bookstore.
  • Workbook: Integrated Korean Workbook (Beginning 1): available campus bookstore.
  • Supplemental material is available through the internet (find links in the weekly schedule)


3. Requirements

  • Independent listening assignment: Students are expected to listen to the tapes regularly at least two or three times a week, and spend thirty minutes or one hour for each time, depending on their speaking and listening comprehension abilities. Students should keep the record of their own listening. We will collect the listening sheets of each student by the end of semester. (Minimum 20hrs)  Students can listen to these tapes through links found in our UAlbany Korean Studies program website (www.albany.edu/korean) or through (http://languagelab.bh.indiana.edu, and then select RESOURCES >LANGUAGE ON-LINE >KOREAN).
  • Quiz: You will take these tests regularly by the end of each lesson. Sometimes, this test will be substituted into a homework assignment or oral performance, when necessary.
  • Mid-terms: There will be two mid-terms after every two or three lessons. This mid-term will be one hour written exam. 
  • Final examination: There will be one final examination. The exam consists of a two-hour written. 
  • Homework assignment: Only partial points will be given for the late assignments.

Extremely important basic requirement: Attendance and Class activities:
You are supposed to attend each class (both lecture and recitation). Attendance check will be strictly enforced; extremely low attendance may further lower your final grade, unless a written proof of inevitable circumstance is provided; Each absence beyond five will result in a reduction of the student’s final letter grade by one level (A becomes A-), and this continues for each successive absence as well. Tardiness is also not acceptable and considered inappropriate behavior in a university classroom. Three repeated lateness will be counted as an absence. Please be aware of this strict attendance policy. You should also actively participate in class activities, such as short conversation skits in a paired group based on each lesson in the textbook.


4. Grading: Your final course grade will be based on the results of the following:


A two-hour final-exam……………………. 30%

Two mid-terms (10% each)…………..…… 20%

Homework assignments..….……………… 10%

Independent listening assignments..………5%

Weekly quizzes & oral performances……… 35%


The grading will be standard (not based on a curve).


 93 - 100  A                  76 - 79.9 C+

 90 - 92.9 A-                 73 - 75.9 C
                                    70 - 72.9 C-

 86 - 89.9 B+ 
 83 - 85.9 B                   6
9 - 69.9 D+     63 – 65.9 D       60 – 62.9 D-
 80 - 82.9 B-                 59.9
- 0 E


* The percentage of each category may be adjusted a little but not drastically, if the instructor will find it necessary and reasonable to do so. 
* No make-up will be allowed in any part of this course / assignments submitted late will receive only partial credits.
* Students taking the course on a CR/NC basis must achieve at least 70% overall average to receive credit (CR). 


There will be no make-up exam unless provided with a written proof for a justifiable reason. In case a make-up exam is granted, it must be done within a week from the original exam date. Students’ progress will be monitored and considered for the final grade, especially for the border line cases.


5. Independent listening assignments:                     


Independent listening activity is required. For your convenience, the audio material from the textbooks and the workbook is available on-line in the web. Go to our UAlbany Korean Studies site (www.albany.edu/korean) and find a link.


In order to take advantage of the lab material effectively the following procedures are advised:

  1. Listen to the tape without written material. Check how much you could understand.
  2. Listen to the same part again, with the written material
  3. Repeat after the model for each utterance (avoid using the written material as much as you can).
  4. Go over the material again without written material. Make sure you understand the material thoroughly.
  5. Give yourself a dictation test for the main texts (conversations and narrations).
  6. Check your answers with the textbook.
    (Steps 5 and 6 are strongly recommended to enhance your listening and writing & spelling skills)



6. Class Rules

To enhance our learning experience in our class,

let us observe the following class rules!


  • No food & No eating in the class please!
  • Please turn off any cell phone during the class.
  • Please refrain from unnecessary talking, irrelevant to class instruction.
  • No newspaper, magazines, or book reading, irrelevant to instruction please!


Thank you! We look forward to having a great class!









































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