I plan on attending the short-term intensive language course (3 week) at Ewha in July. I'll post here and give you my thumbs up or thumbs down.
BTW, in case anyone is wondering, Ewha DOES accept men during the summer language programs. Not sure about year round, but for sure during the summer...That being said, I'm usually a little hesitant to tell my friends where I'm going...
If anyone has experience there, let me know! thanks
I am studying there now. In their Korean Language Program, men certainly attend. I think it's even 50:50
I like it fine, but I am going to really encourage you (if it's not to late) to look into Sogang University. They have an abosultely stellar repuation among foreigners for teaching speaking. I don't know if it will fit your schedule, but do check it out. Ehwa has been OK, but I wouldn't want to do another semester.
austinfd wrote:I feel like I read in another thread that you've already lived in Korea. Is that right?
I have visited there just once for a month two years ago.
It's funny that you say that because Sogang was my first choice but I couldn't fit them into my schedule. I'm actually doing a summer session here at UNT and as soon as that's over I'm heading out to Korea - and as soon as that's done I gotta come back. crazy hectic.
austinfd wrote:If you can't change your plans, don't worry. You will learn alot just by being here.
I hear you on that. You know, I'm not sure exactly what I'm expecting - I mean, it is only for three weeks. Anything will be helpful, but I'm not expecting to get on "Misuda" anytime soon....
I appreciate your honesty! I'll definitely make Sogang a priority next time I come over - schedule should be more freed up by then.
shanshanchua wrote:are the Sogang materials only available for those who attend their programs?
I was pretty sure that that big bookstore sells them over the counter and that as logn as you had the ISBN, you could order them...man I'm drawing a blank on the name, title, author here. Anyone remember who wrote the textbooks for Sogang?
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Do the books start from the most elementary level?
I can speak for the KLEAR series from the university of hawaii - those are pretty good - as long as you buy the workbook along with them. But in truth, Premium members on this website have access to the same elementary level stuff as that textbook series. Not to sound like a product placement or anything, but coming from someone with a library of over 30 titles in Korean language learning, the premium learning center has all the good parts of the books and more - let alone the podcasts themselves.
Sometimes you can find used books from ex-pats living in Korea in some forums like these. unfortunately, the shipping to the states is murder so hanbooks is probably your best bet if the book isn't available on amazon
Thanks for pointing out that Hanbooks has the books. But I probably wouldn't order from them unless I don't have any other option. The thing is, I live in Asia (Singapore), and their international shipping is expensive. And it's kind of silly to order a Korean book from the US and have it shipped all the way here, when it's probably much cheaper to ship it directly from Korea to Singapore! Only problem is I don't have enough Korean to order from Korean online bookstores, and they might not do international deliveries either.
But Matthew brought out a good point, that premium members have a lot of resources in the KC101 Learning Centre. I haven't fully utilised the grammar banks or the exercises. But it's nice to have a textbook/workbook to go through and to be able to refer to it readily when I need to. I'll think about it some more before I do any ordering.
shanshanchua - Like you, I live in Singapore. I found this site called Seoul Selection. They offer the books at an even lower rate than HanBooks and they are based in Korean so their shipping rates are also somewhat cheaper.
Can anyone recommend which textbooks (preferrably with workbooks) I should get to have as a supplement to my ongoing Korean lessons? I'm torn between Yonsei, Sogang and EHWA. I'm looking to eventually be able to say write and read in Korean - though just simple composition like a letter.
I don't have experience with low-level Ewha books, but I suspect the design is similar to my intermediate text. It is OK if you are in a class, but the book is completely useless on it's own.
As far as Yonsei, I did buy one of their books last year (I'm not sure which series, I think there are many) and it is slightly better, as it includes an English explanation of the grammar (but that's sometimes sloppy!)
Sogang's books are really well designed. I recently bought level 3A workbook and student book, and feel that I could use it entirely on my own. There are some activities in the student book that are designed to do with a classmate, so maybe you can do them with some friends, but the student book also includes a CD with LOTS of great dialogs in it
Most textbook series include a workbook and a student book. In the case of Sogang, it is worth it to buy both