Photo: Students taking FKLT course at Kyung Hee University
The Hallyu phenomenon, which started with K-dramas and K-pop music in the early 2000’s, is now expanding into the entire cultural spectrum of Korea. With this in mind, Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) and Kyung Hee University Institute of International Education jointly organized the ‘Fun Korean Language Trip (FKLT)’ program for a fun and easy way to learn the Korean language and culture. This is a good opportunity for foreigners who have a high interest in the Korean language and culture but cannot take much time off for a long-term course. For the coming year of 2016, a total of 12 sessions are planned for two separate terms, one during the spring/winter session from February to May and the other during the summer/fall session from July to October. Don’t miss your chance to apply for the program! Read on to learn more about this great opportunity.
Photo: Orientation of the Fun Korean Language Trip at Kyung Hee University (left) / FKLT Members having orientation at the matriculation ceremony (right)
On day 1, program participants gather together for an orientation, with greetings from the organizers. In a casual ambience, a detailed explanation of the coming schedule and other useful information is introduced to students.
Upon finishing the orientation, participants take a placement exam to determine their basic Korean language competency and their respective class levels. The exam consists of a writing test and a one-on-one speaking test. At the speaking test, students and evaluators will have dialogues consisting of casual conversations and day-to-day questions, which vary depending on each participant's language level.
Photo: Panoramic view of Kyung Hee University (left) / The school's main library (right)
The opening ceremony takes place in the afternoon and some Kyung Hee University students will also join as 'Korean language buddies' for the participants. In the one-on-one partnerships, these students will become friends and teachers outside of the classroom throughout the period.
Following the opening address, all the participants, K-pop teachers, K-drama teachers, and other program staff are introduced. Thereafter, the participants and their partners shall move to another room to learn more about each other.
Photo: Classes with different teaching methods used for better understanding; E.g. Drama play (left) / Role-playing session; Recreating the scenes from jjimjil-bang (right)
The first class begins from the time participants leave their homestay residence to go to class. All homestay accommodations are located within an hour from campus by public transportation. Staying with a Korean family and being exposed to Korean daily life and culture also serve as good ways to learn the Korean language.
The teacher first introduces him/herself, followed by the students' brief self-introduction in front of their classmates. Participants who do not speak Korean will be given some notes in Korean from the teacher to help introduce themselves.
Students ask questions to each other following the introductory class. By introducing themselves, the students not only get to practice Korean, but they can also learn more about each other.
Next, they learn day-to-day vocabulary and various expressions. The students talk about different cultural themes, ranging from food to tourism, fashion, and even subjects like visiting a jjimjil-bang (Korean spa)! There will be a role play activity where the students are assigned a partner. The students can enjoy along with the teacher’s active involvement in the role playing and even those who may be reluctant to do the role play in the beginning will soon find themselves engaged.
As the days pass, the students will become more familiar with the Korean classes. In addition to role playing, the FKLT classes include a variety of other programs such as singing of K-pop songs, dance, and re-enacting scenes from K-dramas. Video materials are used for better understanding and that include K-pop songs and K-dramas, which allows one to practice many Korean expressions that are widely used in daily life.
The Fun Korean Language Trip, or FKLT in short, is a fun and easy way to learn about Korea through Korean language classes, homestay arrangements, and cultural exchanges with Korean friends.
☞ Venue: Kyung Hee University Institute of International Education in Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
☞ 2016 Program Schedule
|Category||Package No.||Class period||Homestay period
|K-pop Broadcast – Music Bank, March 4 (Fri)|
|K-pop Broadcast – The Show, March 8 (Tue)|
|K-pop Broadcast – Music Bank, March 18 (Fri)|
|K-pop Broadcast – The Show, March 22 (Tue)|
|K-pop Broadcast – Music Bank, May 6 (Fri)|
|K-pop Broadcast – The Show, July 26 (Tue)|
|K-pop Broadcast – Music Bank, August 5 (Fri)|
|K-pop Broadcast – The Show, August 9 (Tue)|
|K-pop Broadcast – The Show, August 23 (Tue)|
|K-pop Broadcast – Music Bank, September 2 (Fri)|
|K-pop Broadcast – The Show, September 13 (Tue)|
|K-pop Broadcast – Music Bank, October 7 (Fri)|
※ Schedule - Morning: Korean Language Class (Hallyu-related) / Afternoon: Free & Easy / Accommodation: Korea Stay (homestay program)
※ 3-5 FKLT participants will be selected for each session to attend the K-pop Broadcasting show.
☞ Eligibility: Foreigners interested in Korean culture and language (ages 18-45)
☞ Participation fee: 600,000 won ※ Please note that this only covers the tuition fee and homestay expenses. Air fare and other additional personal expenditures are not included.
☞ How to participate: Send an email to the respective travel agency for your preferred language with the completed application form, available for download below.
☞ Travel agencies in charge of each language
|English||North America, European countries,
Southeast Asian countries,
Hong Kong and other English
|Plus Planner||Tel: +82-2-2238-2895
|Japanese||Japan||Dongbo Travel||Tel: +82-70-7123-3034
|Chinese||Chinese speaking countries
|KAL (Hanjin) Tour||Tel: +82-2-726-5548
|Taiwan||Hana Tour||Tel: +82-70-4482-4858
|Tel: +82-2-2500-7672 #107
Photo courtesy of Kyung Hee University
* This column was last updated in December 2015, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.
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