The Korean Language Program at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) offers four levels of Korean from elementary (First Year Korean) to advanced level (Fourth Year Korean). Although there may be slight differences in the main emphasis on specific course objectives among different levels, all courses are designed to develop or improve four language skills- i.e., speaking, listening, reading and writing in students’ performance and competence. In addition, the courses offered in the Korean Language program integrate cultural components into course materials by using authentic texts, audio-visual materials including newspaper articles, dramas, films, documentaries, etc.
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The next Korean placement and proficiency test will be administered on Friday, August 22, 2014. Contact Debbie (firstname.lastname@example.org) in April for more information on how to register online for the exam.
Jeeyoung Ahn Ha
Mon, 10 Feb 2014
Korea has a long and rich history that provides a unique vantage point for understanding major processes in East Asia and the world. This course provides a introduction to Korean history from antiquity to the present. In the first part of the semester, we will delve into key topics from the Koryo Dynasty (935-1392) and the Choson Dynasty (1392-1910), including collective (or proto-national) identity, Confucian statecraft and Confucianization, and the Tonghak religion and rebellions. In the second part of the semester, we will explore the major transformations in politics, culture, and society during the 20th and 21st centuries. Nationalism, colonialism, the Cold War and national division, gender identities, authoritarian rule and, democratization, popular culture, and globalization are among the topics that we will cover. This class is offered via video-conference and is hosted by the University of Wisconsin. This course meets from Jan. 21 - May 7, 2014
Wed, 22 Jan 2014