Spotlight: ISD Korean Courses

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From G6 to G10 courses are designed to meet ISD’s educational philosophy that it is necessary to master one’s mother tongue to learn foreign languages effectively. Teaching students their mother tongue and thus helping them learn other foreign languages is the purpose of this course. By providing Korean language education for the students, we help them understand their national identity and also to develop in other academic areas.



In order to make this course effective, we teach the technique of reading and analyzing pre-selected literary works suitable for their grade level. The aim of this class is to understand the plots of classical and contemporary literature, to read between the lines of literature, and to improve understanding of the works overall. Through the means of many works of Korean literature, they will also learn about Korean culture, which cannot be separated from the Korean language. They will read many translated works of world and classical literature as well. Each semester, students are given reading and writing assignments. This course uses the common core state standards (CCSS) as a foundation.



The Korean language course has a 50:50 curriculum that includes not only literature but also non-literature. Non-literature includes various genres such as advertisements, blogs, cartoons, infographics, movies, interviews, photos, broadcasts, reports, textbooks, etc. So, while learning and studying these various genres, they naturally learn and enjoy culture.



The IB Diploma Korean Language and Literature course develops understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism and promotes the ability to form independent literary judgments. In Korean Language and Literature, the formal analysis of texts and wide coverage of a variety of literature—both in the language of the subject and in translated texts from other cultural domains—is combined with a study of the way literary conventions shape responses to texts.



The course is organized into four parts, each focused on a group of literary works. Together, the four parts of the course add up to a comprehensive exploration of language and literature from a variety of cultures, genres and periods. Students learn to appreciate the artistry of literature and non-literature, and develop the ability to reflect critically on their reading, presenting literary analysis powerfully through both oral and written communication.