The main goal of this course is for students to narrate, describe, and explain using relevant and supporting facts in connected, paragraph-length discourse in Korean. Students will be able to successfully handle complicated tasks and social situations in Korean and understand oral discourse of expanded descriptions. Students will be exposed to authentic source materials which include poetry (시조), web pages, journalism, folktales, novels, music, TV shows, and movies to understand perspectives of Korean cultures and global issues. The main grammatical focus of the course is the use of Hanja-e (Sino-Korean words), Korean slang, idioms, mimetic words, some regional variants and dialects, and phrases describing uncertainty and contradictory ideas and topics.
The central themes of this course are political issues related to North Korea, China, Japan, Russia, and U.S.A.; current global issues; and contradictory ideas and topics related to Korean geographical and historical situations. The student learning outcomes of this level are to be able to express themselves in a variety of styles for academic and professional purposes and audiences; communicate facts and ideas including historical and political issues with North Korea, Japan, China, U.S.A., and other countries; read news articles on current issues, modern literature, poems, Sijo and novels; and translate biographies.