Elementary Korean 1
Call Number 1906 / 5 credit
Professor: Dr. Andrew Sangpil Byon
East Asian Studies Dept. – HU 244
(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)
Office Hour: TTH 1130 A.M. -100 P.M. or by an appointment
Our Korean Studies program website: www.albany.edu/korean
Class: 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.
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 69 - 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:
6. Class Rules
To enhance our learning experience in our class,
let us observe the following class rules!
Thank you! We look forward to having a great class!
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