읽기 실력 업업!: Advanced Korean Reading

Hey…oh yeah I’m still alive and kicking! ㅋㅋ

It has been ages since my last post and I apologize for that inactivity ㅜㅜ I was just too busy with graduate school and my summer Korean classes. Anyways, I’m now on my third semester and I think I will still be busy because of my class requirements like papers, presentations etc. I am also working on my Korean skills because I am planning to take the TOPIK soon!

I kind of regret that I was not able to make any post regarding my super awesome summer Korean class from July to August. I usually don’t take classes during the break but since I don’t have anything to do during the summer, I enrolled for a Korean Level 4 Intensive class. Another reason why I enrolled in the class is because I was informed that I needed 3 Regular Korean classes to graduate. I was so happy because I thought I am finally done with my Korean class requirements… but!!!! Last week, I discovered that I got the wrong information about the classes I needed to enlist. Apparently I still need to take a ‘research’ course in Korean. ‘Research’ courses in Korean are classes designed for students who want to improve their writing, debate/speech, and reading skills. Compared to the regular Korean class which is categorized from Levels 1 to 6 with a 4-day/week class schedule, the ‘research’ classes are only conducted once a week and cover more specific topics. At first I was planning to enroll in a Level 6 class but unfortunately the department did not offer any Advanced Korean class aside from Level 5 which I already took last Spring semester. I was left with the option of taking the ‘research class’ just to finish the required Korean classes so I enrolled for a 고급 읽기 (Advanced Korean Reading) class!

고급 읽기 고고고고고!!!!

There were three ‘research’ classes offered this Fall semester- Writing, Presentation/Debate and the Advanced Reading. Since I am not really interested with the writing and debate classes, I ended up taking the reading class. I originally planned to just sit in the class and audit it without getting any credits. However, since I still lack one class, I needed to register and take the class officiallyㅜㅜ (the class is during Friday afternoon, yes Friday afternoon ㅜㅜ). During the first meeting, I was horrified because the seonsaengnim told us that the class is design for students with Level 6 to 7 of Korean! When she mentioned that, I was like ‘uh-oh here comes troubleeeee!!!!’. I think my skill is only around the lower advanced level so I immediately thought that the class would give me unlimited stress and headache. The teacher also said that we will have plenty of homework and I felt so burdened ㅠㅠ

However, after the first class and second class, I felt that the lessons were so useful ㅋㅋ I also tried to read the homework but it was not as bad as I have expected. I have read far difficult Korean articles from my Topics in Korean Culture class so I thought I’d enjoy taking the Advanced Reading class rather than despise it ㅋㅋ. Even though the seonsaengnim told us that it would be harder in the next few meetings, I just thought of it as a challenge.

The only thing I am not used to the reading class is the ‘Korean style’ of reading. My seonsaengnim is always surprised why do I read and translate the whole article even if I could just read it in a more convenient way- read and get the needed answers for the questions given. I am aware that mastering the quick Korean reading skill would be of big help in the TOPIK exam and any type of Korean reading exam but I could not apply it when doing the homework ㅋㅋ. I can’t help myself from reading the whole article carefully and translating the words I don’t know before answering the questions. Maybe I could do a ppali ppali reading if it is an activity done in class but I guess it’s impossible if it is a homework (unless I’m tooooooo busy to not translate and read carefully).

Basically the class is not really reading like reading loudly in class but it is more of practicing the skills of reading between the lines of different articles, getting the main idea and the arguments, summarizing the arguments and making another argument based on the information obtained from other readings. I think the subject is really helpful for those students who need to write their theses in Korean. In my case, I don’t really need to write in Korean but I find it useful if ever I am going to use articles written in Korean. So far I am satisfied with how the class is handled as well as the activities we have been doing in class. We don’t have an official textbook for the lessons but the teacher always provides readings and supplementary exercises and that’s how we start the discussions. I really hope my reading skills will be further improved after taking this class <3.

어휴, Autumn has come! Stay warm everyone! ❤

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