Online Intermediate College Korean is a web-based online courseware based on Intermediate College Korean (University of California Press, 2002). The objective of this project is to assist in learning/teaching intermediate level college Korean by providing a direct online access to the audio, visual and written materials accompanying the text. 

This online program intends to help users improve students' intermediate level Korean through language and culture. The students enrolled in the course may use this program as a tutor, for review or to preview the materials, for completing assignments at one's own pace, or simply to drill oneself in pronunciation, in listening, or in reading. Outside of the classroom, this program serves as a self-study tool.

Each lesson is composed of a dialogue, a short narrative, vocabulary, grammar notes, and exercises. The hypertext version of the text incorporates links to grammar notes and vocabulary with audio and text. You can also have access to the "clean," non-linked version for reading only, the vocabulary page, and the notes page for each lesson. Exercises include audio and text-based matching, fill-in blanks, multiple choices, and open-ended questions. 
Acknowledgements
 
Although we, Clare You and Eunsu Cho, as co-authors, are responsible for the overall design and structure of the program and the development of the template, numerous people gave us assistance and support in the making of this online product. (I, as the co-author, cannot leave out my thanks and congratulations to Eunsu Cho for her dedication and for overseeing the project from the inception to the completion.) 

To each of the following persons, we owe much gratitude and affection:

For the technical side of the project, which played a vital role, the credit goes to Myungsoo Kim, graduate student at the School of Information, University of Michigan. Chang-Yong Choi and Ji-Ae Kim, who assisted M. Kim with the data entry and proofreading, deserve much credit for providing the voice talent too.

Jee-Hyun Park, Coordinating Instructor of the Korean language program at the University of Michigan from 1999- 2002, generously provided the exercise items in Additional Exercises. Park was one of the voice talents, reading the opening narratives of each lesson. Contributing voice talents also include Myeong-Seok Kim, a graduate student instructor, and Hyun-soo Kim, a graduate student, both of the University of Michigan.

Kyung-Hwan Mo and In-taek Han, then graduate instructors of the University of California, Berkeley, wrote the listening comprehension items. 

Philomena Meechan, John Stewart, and Lynne Crandell at the Language Resource Center, the University of Michigan, gave their expertise and support. Philomena's expertise in all aspects of language learning software development provided us with crucial guidance in every step of the way the project proceeded. John's know-how of the foreign language computing environment helped us decisively in making decisions on adopting Unicode. Lynne as Supervisor of the Graduate Media Assistant Program at the LRC, lent us her experience and administrative skills throughout this project.

On the financial side, the project was supported by generous grants from:

University of Michigan, Korean Studies Program (funded by the Korea Foundation), Education Title VI fund for 2000-2001 and for 2001-2002, University of Michigan Language Resource Center, Graduate Media Assistant program, and a grant from the Center for Korean Studies, University of California at Berkeley. 

About this Book

 
Intermediate College Korean, written by Clare You and Eunsu Cho, published by the University of California Press, 2002. The text enables students to continue their development of Korean language skills and to enrich their understanding of Korea through the cultural emphasis. Because language is a fundamental component of culture, the text incorporates themes relating to Korea's cultural customs and social issues, presented in the form of dialogues, anecdotes, short essays, and poems. Also included are themes tied to the country's physical geography, including major cities, islands, and historical sites.

Each lesson consists of a situation dialogue, core vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, grammar, and exercises on reading and listening comprehension. The vocabulary uses adult-level words from the media and professional worlds and ranges from computer terms to martial arts. Unlike other Korean language texts, Intermediate College Korean goes well beyond everyday survival skills and offers students a much wider exposure to both the language and culture of Korea.

A reference section includes an index to patterns and grammar notes, a glossary, spelling tips, a list of connectives, and irregular verb charts. 

Authors

 
Clare You is Lecturer/Coordinator of Korean in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Berkeley. Eunsu Cho is Assistant Professor of Korean language and culture in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
 


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