The first week is over. It went by so fast, one week ago I had just a couple of days in the dorm and now its been a whole week. On last Monday (Apr,2) I went to the KLI building (just a couple of steps from my current dorm), and met my classmates. The group is formed by 6 japanese girls, 2 chinese (a girl and boy), 1 american, 1 indian, 1 sweden (a girl), and me the only Mexican in the group.
Group interaction is nice and everyone its a little bit shy first, but will answer any questions made to them friendly. Some of the non-american classmates can’t speak fluent english so its difficult to interact with them at break time. Classes are divided into 4 periods, and 2 teachers come in and out during these periods.
- 9-9.45 Intensive Korean course
- 10-10.50 Intensive Korean course
- 11.10-12 Pronunciation Reading
- 12.10-1 Communication focused on function and its use
The books are all well made and two of them are even colored. Buying the three of them will cost around 70,000 KRW and you must buy them since the whole course is based on them. I think you could actually go by without buying them but it will be hard trying to write everything down. The only thing I didn’t like was that they are made with the glossy kind of paper in which is difficult to write with a pencil, and if you start using an eraser you can actually erase the content from the pages.
The course seems to be pretty intense its been just a week and we are already expected to master the korean abc, pronunciation of the different characters as well as some rules regarding the single and double double batchim finals, some basic grammar is also being taught at this point. Also we learn how to introduce ourselves, state where we come from and what we do for living. We are expected to do some homework practice on an everyday basis (not too much… yet). Learning a language is a matter of practice so I was already expecting to have assignments on everyday basis.
Every now and then we will have some listening and writing test so we can test our newly acquired skills.
By the end of the week I was able to get my student id card. Its been great having met so many people form so many different countries and how many of them seem to be really highly motivated and committed to the program. I just hope I can keep up with them.