CBNU established the Language Research Institute in 1969, and the name was changed into the Language Education Center from 1999 up until now. Nowadays, foreign language ability is an essential element in university education due to globalization, which requires talented persons with proficiency in foreign language. Also, as the foreigners who are learning Korean increase, the opportunity to present Korea to the world is increasing through high-quality Korean education.
The Language Education Center educates students scientifically and methodically. To study in the Language Education Center is the first step into the world.
<Japanese Conversation class>
Japanese Conversation class is divided into beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. The beginning class is to target the student who learns Japanese for the first time. They learn adjective and verb use and learn basic grammar as well as speaking parts like greetings, numbers, ages, date and time.
In the intermediate class, students are taught further specialized grammar and conversation. Lastly, the advanced class consists of discussion about various topics and watching Japanese dramas and news.
<Interview with Kim Dan-bi, a Senior in the Dept. of Japanese Language & Literature.>
Q: Why do you attend this class?
A: First, my major is Japanese and I have been to Japan to study Japanese. So I want to study Japanese right away.
Q: Through this course, is your Japanese ability getting higher?
A: I attend the class for one hour every day. To study with a teacher and friends is better than to study alone. The collaborative study improves my Japanese ability. The Japanese teacher speaks Korean well, so when the students can’t understand some words, the teacher says them in Korean. And if they ask something in Korean, she then translates it into Japanese. After I attended this class, I could talk with Japanese friends well and I understood Japanese animation and movie without captions.
Q: Do you like the teaching method?
A: I like the atmosphere in the class. All the members have friendly relations with teacher. We actively participate in the class and the teacher gives us a lot of opportunities. When someone has a question, she or he feels free to ask it. That’s why I like this class.
<Chinese Conversation class>
These Chinese classes are divided into introductory, beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. The introductory class gives confidence. In this class the teacher asks students to repeat after him/her and to speak loudly and correctly. With full sentences, they memorize vocabulary, learn basic grammar and solve exercises.
The beginning class is for the students who learn Chinese over two months. The students learn a variety of patterns. Next, the intermediate class is made up of careful reading and speed reading with exercise questions and new vocabulary. The advanced class is for the students who learn Chinese over the course of one year. They speak with native speakers, so their Chinese skills markedly improve. Also, they get practice in writing.
These Korean classes are divided into beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. The beginning class teaches the students to get interest and confidence, and they learn speaking and listening ability from real life with a lot of activity. In the intermediate class, students learn not only Korean but Korean culture though real life. The students in the advanced class learn more correct and better expressions about what they already knew. They have time to present their writings about the topic that they discussed in the class.
<Interview with Liu Weimin from China and Sazzat Khan from Bangladesh>
Q: What made you come to Korea?
Liu Weimin: Korea is a more developed country than China, and China has a lot of interest in companies in other countries. Korean is similar to Chinese, so we learn Korean easily. The lifestyle, traditional culture and the way of thinking of Korean are the same as those of Chinese, so we adapt Korean easily. And Korean people are kind to foreigners.
Q: Tell me the difference between before you attended this class and after you did.
Sazzat Khan: First, when I wanted to learn Korean, I really felt a hard pressure on my chest because I couldn’t speak Korean fluently. Even when I wanted to buy stuff at the market, I couldn’t buy it, and in the hospital, I couldn’t say my symptoms so I got the wrong medicine. In the beginning, I felt frustrated. However, after I learned Korean, I earned a comfortable life in Korea.
Q: What do you think is the best method to study Korean?
Liu Weimin: We learn how to make conversation in Korean. A Teacher shows us a picture and then we think and speak about the picture. We learn vocabulary, grammar, writing and speaking. I think the way of using pictures and talking about the pictures is a very helpful method to study Korean. And to study grammar, the teacher suggests lots of vocabulary. Then students arrange them and complete sentences. This method is really good to study Korean. In my class, in addition to Korean language, we learn Korean culture, which makes me like Korea more.
Q: Please say something to students who are interested in Korean.
Sazzat Khan: Korean is difficult but fun. There are a lot of similar words in Korean, but if you study hard, you will realize your skill is getting better. I study Korean by reading news and watching dramas and movies. Why don’t you challenge yourself to study Korean?
*TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication)
The RC (Reading Comprehension) class deals with a variety of vocabulary, easy and correct grammar knowledge, and exercises for the exam.
The LC (Listening Comprehension) class gives basic pronunciation, listening strategy, essential expression and information.
<Interview with Kim Sue-hyun, TOEIC instructor in the Language Education Center>
Q: What do you do in the Language Education Center?
A: I'm operating the 秀(SUE)-TOEIC program. My program is divided into three sections - beginning, intermediate and high-level classes. I teach systematic RC, LC, and part seven according to the level and needs of students. My definitive goal is to let students like English. In other words, I help students feel comfortable with English. We studied English for tests up until now, but actually, English is a language for communication. I try to teach students to like the English language itself, but students need good scores now to get a job, so I also teach effective studying methods to reduce time.
Q: You got a perfect score on the TOEIC 21 times. Also, you got perfect Speaking & Writing scores. What do you want to say to students?
A: First, you guys set a definite, suitable goal score. If you have no intention to be a TOEIC instructor, you do not have to get a perfect 990 score. How persistent you are determines how successful you are. After you set a goal score, you should do your best. Be patient and never give up.
CBNU Language Education Center works a lot of programs. There are a lot of courses in which your skill will get higher. They teach much more various languages than you might think. You can learn a variety of languages when you use the Language Education Center well. Let’s study more effectively and efficiently through using the excellent center in CBNU.
This class is to practice English conversation through English listening. By practicing various expressions, students talk to foreigners easier.
One of the important ways to study English is listening. This class makes your English listening improve quickly. Through studying recent ABC news, you gain common sense like politics, economy, culture, science and society. Moreover, as you listen to correct pronunciation of announcers, you become accustomed to their fast speed and intonations.
You can master the fundamental process of making sentences and realize basic structure of English and get confidence in writing. Assignments and teachers’ detailed feedback complete your writing ability.
If you only talk with foreigners without grammatical background, your conversation skill will be at a standstill. This class is essential to master English.
*Reading the English newspaper
The students in this class read the international series of The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune. They study listening, vocabulary, reading and grammar through reading English articles, and they solve the reading test and experience international current events.
*TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
iBT TOEFL tests four different types of ability. The students who want to study abroad, get jobs and enter graduate school need this test.
*TEPS (Test of English Proficiency developed by Seoul National University)
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