Level 5 was a long seven weeks spent studying Korean every Sunday. This time class moved faster since we had to cover 50 chapters instead of 20 in less time. Albeit each chapter was only 4 pages long.
The worst part about class was definitely the length of it. This time class ended at 4:30 so it was a lot better than the other levels where we sometimes studied until 7:30 or 8 at night. The best part of class was my classmates. We all came in every Sunday and greeted each other cheerfully. Some of us would bring snacks to share and munch away on as we listened to our lecture.Read More
Enrolling in the KIIP (Korean Immigration and Integration Program) 사회통합프로그램 in Korean has been a long but rewarding process. I missed the January placement test, so I was unable to enroll in Spring classes.
One of the goals when moving to Incheon was taking Korean classes again. There were classes being offered but they were further away so I opted to try culcom (culture complex) in Bupyeong. It was really easy to sign up via their website. I learned about Culcom through a friend and have found it to be a more informal setting. For now this is okay with me as it is pretty flexible. The one thing I did find so far is that the group I am assigned to are advanced students where I would classify myself as intermediate. The problem becomes my listening and reading is higher, even if my speaking can be lacking in terms of elegant, fluid speech. I’m also lacking in grammar, but most of the people I have worked with think that I don’t need help with my grammar or I can learn it on my own quickly. Most of the other students in my class are enrolled at a Korean University and took the Advanced Topik test in April. I’m nowhere near that level yet, but when I took my time I received 6 out of 6 questions on my homework. I might have looked up 80 words on one page but if I am given the time I can perform at a higher level, which sometimes surprises me.