Texas Tech University

Korean Language & Area Studies

Why Learn Korean?

The Korean language is the sixteenth most widely spoken language in the world with over 78 million speakers. South Korean is the twelfth largest economy in the world and the sixth largest trading partner of the U.S. People around the globe have shown growing interest in Korean popular culture such as Korean television-dramas, movies, K-Pop, and more. The Korean alphabet, Hangeul, is an alphabet of 24 basic letters created by King Sejong in 15th century. It is easy to read and write. Studying Korean will introduce you to a culture that is both modern and traditional. It will also bring a huge advantage to anyone who hopes to develop multicultural perspectives and those interested in jobs in business, tourism, high-tech, and commerce.

The Korean Program at TTU

TTU offers a variety of Korean courses. Courses include Beginning (KOR 1501, KOR1502) and Second Year (KOR 2301, KOR 2302) Korean language courses as well as a course in Korean Cinema (KOR 2306). Students will have opportunities to engage in cultural activities, be connected with local Korean communities, and practice Korean skills outside of the classrooms.

  • Korean Language Courses can be used to satisfy TTU Foreign Language Requirements.
  • Korean Language Courses can be used to complete minors in Asian Studies.
  • These courses can also prepare you for exotic and exciting study-abroad opportunities. (see www.studyabroad.ttu.edu)

Advisor Information:

For more information, contact Stephanie Santos, CMLL Academic Advisor.

 
 
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Korean Instructors

Juhee Kang
juhee.kang@ttu.edu
CMLL 004
Kang
Shiori Saito
shiori.saito@ttu.edu
CMLL 004
Saito

Korean Course Information

KOR 1501 - Beginning Course in Korean I

The goal of this course is to prepare you to use the target language appropriately in the Korean culture and society. In other words, the course is aimed at helping you to be able to communicate in the language instead of merely knowing information about it. Thus, course content is focused on using Korean in various contexts to accomplish common tasks, and it is important for students to prepare and review carefully for each session.
By the end of the course, students will be familiar with basic language usage in Korean and they will have developed basic linguistic strategies to convey meaning and express themselves in everyday situations. Furthermore, you will have learned a considerable amount of information about the Korean culture, including topics related to the way of life.

KOR 1502 - Beginning Course in Korean II

This course is designed for students who finished KOR1501. The goal of this course is to prepare you to use the target language appropriately in the Korean culture and society. In other words, the course is aimed at helping you to be able to communicate in the language instead of merely knowing information about it. Thus, course content is focused on using Korean in various contexts to accomplish common tasks, and it is important for students to prepare and review carefully for each session.
By the end of the course, students will be familiar with basic language usage in Korean and they will have developed basic linguistic strategies to convey meaning and express themselves in everyday situations. Furthermore, you will have learned a considerable amount of information about the Korean culture, including topics related to the way of life.

KOR 2301 - Second Course in Korean I

This course is designed for students who finished KOR1502. The goal of this course is to enhance the knowledge and skills acquired in KOR1502 and achieve intermediate low-level proficiency in the four skills of speaking, writing, listening, and reading in modern Korean by the end of the semester.
The Course objectives are:
a) to enhance knowledge and skills of formal/informal spoken/written expressions in modern Korean,
b) to extend knowledge and skills of Korean vocabulary,
c) to achieve knowledge and skills of extended grammar rules in the modern Korean language,
d) to enhance understanding of the Korean language in a cultural context

KOR 2302 - Second Course in Korean II

This course is designed to further develop communicative skills in Korean as well as insights into Korean culture for those who have successfully completed KOR 2302. Students will practice using Korean appropriately in given contexts and attain proficiency that is equivalent to the first-year level of Korean. It is a proficiency-oriented course, covering all the four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

CMLL 2306 - World Cinema: Korean Cinema

This course introduces the analysis of Korean films & K-Dramas both as works of art, approachable in formal terms as meaning-producing aesthetic structures, and as situated cultural productions, demanding to be understood in their historical, social, and political contexts. Incorporating a substantial amount of group discussion within a lecture format, the course aims to create opportunities to identify, contextualize, interpret, and reflect critically on a wide range of social, ethical, political, philosophical and psychological issues and problems that face the modern world citizen and are represented in Korean cinema and K-dramas.