After years of growing interest, Northwood is proud to introduce its new Korean 1 class to native and non-native speakers.
Under the instruction of Esther Lee, a second-year teacher at Northwood, students taking this introductory course will have a chance to develop an understanding of the Korean language—vocabulary, dialogue and grammar—and culture.
“I’m most excited about how the students will be at the end,” Lee said. “Students who walk in with no knowledge or limited knowledge of Korean are going to be able to read, write, speak and understand Korean at the end of the year, which is really exciting for me.”
The course will begin by familiarizing students with Korean characters and cultural styles. During the second half of the course, students will be able to use this knowledge for more complex sentence structures.
To help achieve this, several students have managed to turn the ever-popular genres of K-pop and Korean dramas into a resourceful opportunity to learn about the language and culture.
“One thing that always helped me remember Korean was watching Korean dramas and comedy shows,” junior Younghyuk Cho said. “Being absorbed in Korean media is not only fun, but it can also help anyone learn Korean more efficiently.”
Most importantly, Lee hopes that her class will unite students, especially non-native speakers, with a common interest and spark an appreciation for different cultures and diverse backgrounds.
“I think it’s really cool that non-Koreans are taking it,” Lee said. “I would encourage more non-Koreans to take it. And for those who are Korean taking the class, I want to them to be compassionate towards their non-Korean peers.”
For the next few years, Lee plans on teaching Korean at higher levels with Korean 2 and Korean 3.