Let's Master the Korean Alphabet in 50 Minutes
According to a Kyunghyang newspaper article from April 18
, 2004, one fourth of
foreign students studying in Korea came to study the Korean language, a number that is
incr e asing e ver y y e ar. This ar ticl e a ls o c it e s t h at a pp lican ts fo r the K o r e an Pr ofi ci e ncy Test,
which is conducted by the Korean Institute of Curriculum and Evaluation, has increased to
38% when compared to the previous year. This also demonstrates the increased demand
for st udying Korean language.
Educational materials of the Korean language for foreign users, regardless of where
they are developed, rarely mention the science behind the written Korean language. It is
also surprising that this concept is not widely known among native Korean people.
Consequently, it shoul d not be surprisi ng that the met hods through w hi ch Korean l anguage
institutes instruct forei gn students is not based on this science. According to David Yoon, a
27 year-old graduate student at the University of Cincinnati who took courses at Seoul
National University Korean Language Institute in 2002, there was no instruction regarding
the origin of Korean alphabet.
1.3 Research Objective
The concepts were not very accessible to users because most of studies remained as
a theoretical concept. Dr. Sek Yen Kim-Cho, a linguistics professor at State University of
“How H ar d it is to learn K or ean lan gu age,” , Kyung hyang New sP ap er [Korea] . 18 April. 2004, s ec . A7.
David Yoon, convers ati on to Hyejin Byun, 8 Dec . 2003.
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