Korean Language Program
The Korean Language Program has been committed to and contributed to Korean language and culture education since its incorporation into the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures in 1962. As the program continues to expand, the teaching staff has been working relentlessly to maintain the excellence in its instructional quality by constantly creating innovative teaching materials and developing effective learning tools and activities.
The Korean Language Program has established a full range of curriculum, in which five levels from First Year to Fifth Year and seven different courses are offered, including Introductory Korean and Advanced Korean in Mixed Script. The purposes of these courses are clear initiatives to ensure that students are provided with the tools for genuine communication with native speakers of Korean, the necessary facilities to further his or her individual research or professional interests, and the understanding of Korean culture and heritage both for self-enrichment and for cultural contributions.
While the aims of language instruction remain consistent and in accordance with language program objectives, the program always seeks innovative ways to achieve these goals so that they can coincide with the aspirations, interests, needs, and backgrounds of the particular students of the present. A progressive pedagogical framework that prepares students for proficiency in an increasingly global context is employed. The teaching methods, curriculum design, teaching materials, instruction planning, and class activities are being reorganized and redirected toward a proficiency-based approach.
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