Title

Exercise and Visualize: Quick Masterery of Korean Basic Vowels and Consonants on the First Week

Subject Area

Foreign Language Pedagogy

Abstract

Various learning styles have been used to assist foreign language learning. With respect to the KFL curriculum, it is common that teachers introduce the basic ten vowels and 14 consonants in the first week of the term. I propose incorporating multi-disciplinary learning styles can play a vital role in assisting students master the Korean writing system quickly and enjoyably, especially by applying kinesthetic and visual learning styles.

Kinesthetic learning involves movement and action, which replaces more passive forms of learning, such as listening to a lecture, according to Sinha (2014). I present integrating kinesthetic learning style into teaching the ten basic vowels as it connects arm movements to Korean orthographic symbols, which can aid student recall.

Visual learning style has been one of the most popular methods in foreign language learning. Representational visuals supplement the orthographic symbols of text which also enhances student memory (Pressley, 1987). I suggest that this learning style can be benificial to students in learning 14 basic consonants. The visual cue can be connected to both an orthographic symbol as well as a sound; in Korean, the letter ㅂ is introduced with a visual image of a bookshelf. The shape of the bookshelf assists students remember the shape of the letter and its sound value [b].

The presentation will illustrate specific examples of teaching 10 basic Korean vowels by combining sound and body movements. It will also exemplify how to introduce 14 consonants by use of images. Finally, I will address benefits associated with the aforementioned learning styles such as quick mastery of the Korean alphabet and student retention during the drop/add period.

Brief Bio Note

Dr. Jiyoung Daniel is an Assistant Professor of Korean in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of North Georgia. She earned both my B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in linguistics from the University of Georgia. She has grown the Korean program from six to 170 students annually since she came to UNG in 2010. She received the Teaching Excellence Award for Tenure-Track Faculty in 2015 at the University of North Georgia.

Keywords

Kinesthetic learning, Visual learning, KFL, Korean vowels and consonants

Location

Coastal Georgia Center

Presentation Year

2016

Start Date

4-8-2016 9:20 AM

End Date

4-8-2016 9:40 AM

Embargo

11-7-2015

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Exercise and Visualize: Quick Masterery of Korean Basic Vowels and Consonants on the First Week

Coastal Georgia Center

Various learning styles have been used to assist foreign language learning. With respect to the KFL curriculum, it is common that teachers introduce the basic ten vowels and 14 consonants in the first week of the term. I propose incorporating multi-disciplinary learning styles can play a vital role in assisting students master the Korean writing system quickly and enjoyably, especially by applying kinesthetic and visual learning styles.

Kinesthetic learning involves movement and action, which replaces more passive forms of learning, such as listening to a lecture, according to Sinha (2014). I present integrating kinesthetic learning style into teaching the ten basic vowels as it connects arm movements to Korean orthographic symbols, which can aid student recall.

Visual learning style has been one of the most popular methods in foreign language learning. Representational visuals supplement the orthographic symbols of text which also enhances student memory (Pressley, 1987). I suggest that this learning style can be benificial to students in learning 14 basic consonants. The visual cue can be connected to both an orthographic symbol as well as a sound; in Korean, the letter ㅂ is introduced with a visual image of a bookshelf. The shape of the bookshelf assists students remember the shape of the letter and its sound value [b].

The presentation will illustrate specific examples of teaching 10 basic Korean vowels by combining sound and body movements. It will also exemplify how to introduce 14 consonants by use of images. Finally, I will address benefits associated with the aforementioned learning styles such as quick mastery of the Korean alphabet and student retention during the drop/add period.