한국어 수업 (Korean Language Class)

I used all these books and re-read everything again when I took up my TOPIK exam, luckily I passed! But still, I know, there is a long way to go! By the way, here's my story! 

세종 학당 (KING SEJONG INSTITUTE) 
Intensive Korean Class, 2015

Basically, I learned all the basics of Korean language in this class. Well, except for the reading and writing the alphabet part. Also, this class is designed to teach housewives of Korean nationals because it is a pre-requisite in their visa processing. Here, I am the only student and hearing different stories about Korean culture coming from their first hand experiences ignited my passion to delve deeper into their culture. The thing is, in this class, we've got a ratio of 1 instructor to 60 students and it's really hard to understand lessons when you seat from the middle to back. Also, there is less chance of speaking in class. 


THINGS TO PONDER

positive notes:

1. For those who are quite afraid of the fast-phased learning, this is a good choice. They discuss the usage of words, grammar and cultural practices thoroughly.

2. They offer wide range of vocabularies to memorize. They've got quizes that requires you to write the english and korean meaning of words.

3. For newbies, sentence construction is a really hard part. Since Korean language has a complicated structure, students are given enough time to practice.

4. For those who planned to take up TOPIK exams, they offer a good preparation for exam takers. From reading materials to listening materials, we were given enough time for the review.

5. Class presentation during culminating activities.

bad notes:

1. Student ratio. The students are crowded and there are times that we lack chairs.

2. Since the student ratio is high, we have less time for class activities and we have a great focus on the writing and vocabulary part. I guess, it's about the TOPIK exam that's why.

KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER
Elementary 1 - TERM 2, 2015

Taken during our shoot for our class presentation. If you have watched my previous post 반환, then you would notice that we are the major roles. It's hard to do on the spot memorization of speech but it's a really good experience! In the short horror film 반환, I was the only person who survived! 😂

We had our sumptuous lunch for free! Thanks to KCC for awarding us with GC'S In Kaya restaurant! Our video presenation made it to 2nd place! This is an after grad celebration for our class!

KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER
ELEMENTARY 2 - TERM 3, 2015


Well, the whole term seems to be different from my previous class. We had a good bond and a noisy class this time! 😂 We love to take selfies during classes too. ㅋㅋㅋ 


After grad selfie. We had that 'It's over! It's finally over moment! The exams were finally over! 😂😭

Our class picture. Haha! Well it was taken after our shoot for our final presentation. It was a really good bond within us. This time, I played the role of the camera man so I worked behind the scene.


positive notes:

1. Materials with English explanations and samples.

2. 1:25 class ratio so it's more efficient.

3. Cheaper fees for enrollment.

4. Class presentation for culminating activities.

bad notes:

1. 'Hunger games' for class enrollment. The slots close in minutes so better get a good internet during enrollment.

2. Fast-phased classes. It's hard to understand a few grammar points most especially the complicated ones. It's good to take up Elementary classes, most especially Elementary II for a longer period of time. I hope KCC would offer Elem. 2 like the Elem 1. class with the two-term period.

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My certs! 👏👏👏 One good thing in learning a new language is that you must beat yourself. You need to understand lots of grammar points and memorize vocabulary words. Thus, it seriously is a no joke and I'm really happy I made it!



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