Korean Language (KORN)

KORN 011 Elementary Korean I

This course is designed for students who have little or no knowledge of Korean. This course aims to develop 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 daily lives, friends and relatives, and talk about past and future events.

For BA Students: Language Course

Course usually offered in fall term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

KORN 012 Elementary Korean II

This is a continuation of KORN 011. This course aims to further develop the four language skills of students to the novice-high 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.

For BA Students: Language Course

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisites: Completion of KORN 011 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

KORN 111 Intermediate Korean I

This is a continuation of KORN 012. This course is designed to develop students' Korean language proficiency to the intermediate-low level of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. Authentic materials, as well as various student-centered activities that are highly contextualized in everyday interactions will be used. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to present and exchange information on a variety of topics such as weather, fashion, travel, mailing, housing, public transportation, and shopping.

For BA Students: Language Course

Course usually offered in fall term

Prerequisites: Completion of KORN 012 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

KORN 112 Intermediate Korean II

This is a continuation of KORN 111. This course is designed to develop students' Korean language proficiency to the intermediate-mid level of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. This 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.

For BA Students: Last Language Course

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisites: Completion of KORN 111 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

KORN 131 Korean for Heritage Speakers I

This course is designed for heritage speakers who have a strong background in everyday Korean. This course focuses on enhancing linguistic accuracy (spelling, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation) and fluency (idiomatic and figurative expressions, narrative structure, discursive practice) in both spoken and written Korean, as well as gaining a deeper understanding of Korean culture. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to express themselves more accurately and participate in Korea-related communities more meaningfully. This course and its subsequent course KORN 132 complete the College language requirement.

Taught by: Jung

Course usually offered in fall term

Prerequisites: Restricted to students who have previous knowledge in Korean. Students are required to take the Korean placement test.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

KORN 132 Korean for Heritage Speakers II

This course is a continuation of KORN 131 and aims to further develop students' linguistic and cultural competence by building on materials covered in KORN 131. 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. Particular emphasis will be placed on building a meaningful Korean-speaking community, as well as consolidation of grammar structures, and expansion and enhancement of vocabulary. Topics include preparing for a trip to Korea, finding housing, college culture in Korea, entertainment and participating in various social events. 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.

For BA Students: Last Language Course

Taught by: Jung

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisites: Completion of KORN 131 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

KORN 211 Advanced Korean I

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 using more sophisticated grammatical structures and advanced vocabulary on various topics. The development of each of the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) is equally emphasized.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Taught by: Cho

Course usually offered in fall term

Prerequisites: Completion of KORN 112, 132 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

KORN 212 Advanced Korean II

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 in contemporary Korea.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Taught by: Cho

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisites: Completion of KORN 211 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

KORN 281 Business Comm in Korean

Offered through the Penn Language Center. 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.

Taught by: Cho

Course usually offered in fall term

Prerequisites: Completion of KORN 112, 132 or equivalent knowledge and permission of theinstructor.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

KORN 311 Topics in Advanced Korean

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 and grammar. 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.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Course usually offered in fall term

Prerequisites: Completion of KORN 212 or permission of the instructor.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

KORN 331 Current Korean Media I

Offered through the Penn Language Center. This course aims to develop a deeper understanding of the contemporary Korean society through critical analysis of language use and viewpoints expressed in various types of media including the internet, TV, films and newspapers. This course will provide students with a rich opportunity to relate what they have learned in previous Korean language courses to the larger context of Korean culture and society. The course is conducted entirely in Korean and utilizes both written and audiovisual materials to develop students' reading/listening comprehension and critical thinking. The course also involves in-depth class discussion and writing short compositions to enhance conversation and writing skills.

One-term course offered either term

Prerequisites: Completion of KORN 212 or permission of the instructor.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

KORN 332 Current Korean Media II

Offered through the Penn Language Center. Current Korean Media II aims at a deeper understanding of the contemporary Korean society, through critical analysis of language use and viewpoints expressed in various types of media including the Internet, TV, films, magazines and newspapers. This course will focus on cultural products and practices such as popular culture, media culture, and entertainment. By catering to the needs and interests of individual learners of Korean, the course will provide them with a rich opportunity to relate what they have learned in previous Korean language courses to the larger context of Korean culture and society. In addition, students will have an in-depth discussion on topics related to Korean society as well as Penn news. This course is conducted entirely in Korean.

Course usually offered in fall term

Prerequisites: KORN 331 or permission of the instructor.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

KORN 381 Business Korean I

Offered through the Penn Language Center. Business Korean I is designed for students who want to sharpen their Korean language skills to the advanced-high level by focusing their study on Korean business and economy. Students will learn business/economy-related terminologies and concepts. They will also take an in-depth look at the issues related to business practices and environment in Korea. Students will improve and refine their language skills through actively participating in discussions, research, and presentations.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Taught by: Cho

Course not offered every year

Prerequisites: Completion of KORN 212 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

KORN 382 Business Korean II

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 advance-high level by studying case studies, participating in discussions, and doing research and giving presentations on the topic of current Korean business and economy.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Taught by: Cho

Course not offered every year

Prerequisites: Completion of KORN 212 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

KORN 431 Advanced Readings Modern Korean I

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.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Taught by: Jung

Course not offered every year

Prerequisites: Completion of KORN 311 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

KORN 432 Advanced Readings in Modern Korean II

This course allows development of creative and analytical thinking through introduction of 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.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Taught by: Jung

Course not offered every year

Prerequisites: Completion of KORN 311 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

KORN 481 Advanced Business Korean I

Offered through the Penn Language Center. This course aims to further develop students' advanced language proficiency and simultaneously deepen their knowledge and understanding of specific areas related to Korean business and economy such as an expansion of business into Asian markets and globalization strategies. Through research, discussion and presentation on various case studies and other business-related materials, students will enhance their critical thinking skills and gain an in-depth perspective on issues related to contemporary Korean business operations and practices.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Course usually offered in fall term

Prerequisites: Completion of 311 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

KORN 482 Advanced Business Korean II

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.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisites: Completion of KORN 311 or equivalent knowledge and permission of the instructor.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit