The main goal of this course is for students to produce sentence-level language and create novel sentences integrating learned materials. Students will be able to confidently handle conversations and discussions about basic information related to their school, interests, and daily activities, and handle uncomplicated tasks and social situations. Students will be exposed to poetry (시조), web pages, journalism, stories, web-novels, music, TV shows, and movies to understand perspectives of Korean cultures and history. The main grammatical focus of the course is the use of lexical and auxiliary verbs, modifying adverbs, and modifying clauses with present and past tense and complex predicates.
The central themes of this course are personal experiences, Korean dynasty history, lifestyle, social phenomena (regionalism) and media, and environment. The student learning outcomes of this level are to be able to understand basic information from short and simple texts dealing with topics of personal interest or prior knowledge (e.g., announcements or notices), participate in most informal conversations on topics related to personal life, use multiple modes of communication (e.g., e-mail, text messaging, other social networking services), and write short compositions, requests for information about personal topics, and short procedures such as cooking or rules for games.