Pegasus Society for Korean Studies

I know most of you who wanted to learn Korean but find it difficult to do so are looking for online classes, well I actually came across blog posts about one^^ My Korean Corner and Underneath the Stars posted this info on their blogs:

Hello! 안녕하세요? ^^

The Pegasus Society for Korean Studies will begin its second series of Korean classes for FREE via the popular internet calling programme Skype. The Pegasus Society has been teaching Korean to local and international students since July 2010. As well as teaching over Skype, we have also taught in a college, privately and via YouTube. We also organize regular meet-ups in Seoul for people to practice their Korean in a casual environment. Do you have Skype? Do you have an interest in Korean? Do you have a mic? This is all you need!
We will be running three classes:-
Gogo (Beginner’sElementary Korean) (starts 27th of Feb. 2011, Sunday 8pm local Korean time)
Push It! (Higher ElementaryIntermediate Korean) (starts 14th of Feb. 2011, Monday 8pm local Korean time)
Wang (Higher IntermediateAdvanced Korean) (starts 13th of Feb. 2011, Sunday 10pm local Korean time)
Those wishing to join Gogo can do so automatically, however if this is your first time to study with Pegasus and you wish to join Push It! or Wang, you should complete a quick Fast Track Placement test which will assess whether you’re ready for either of the two classes ^^
Please browse our curriculum below and, after deciding which class is best for you, send the brief application below to 

Application Form:-
Desired class:
Skype ID: (also add the ID Uk2rok to be added to the class)
Level of Korean:
Level of English:
(Gogo and Push It! are taught in English, whereas Wang is taught in Korean)

View the curriculum after the break: 

고고 (Gogo), Push It! and 왕 (Wang) Class Curriculum Information 2011

Gogo :- Average class size:- 4-6 and a duration of 1 hour per class per week
Homework, assignments and examinations:- 3 pieces of homework oral presentation writing assignment listening examination reading examination oral examination
Paper One
• Basic introduction to the Korean language
• The alphabet and Romanization of Korean
Paper Two
• Greetings
• Discussing age
• Numbers
• 저나 pronouns
• Countries
• Talking about where one comes from
• Likes and dislikes
Paper Three
• Discussing 우리
• Basic family member names
• Basic adjectives
• An introduction to verbs
• Discussing the number of people in one’s family
• Present progressivecontinuous present (-고 있다)
• Honourable verbs
• Love and relationships-related vocabulary
• Expressions used with the first person pronoun (저나)
• The copula (있다없다)
Paper Four
• Restaurantfood-related vocabulary
• Using ‘please’ when asking for things
• 이가 particles
• Ordering things in the restaurant
• Saying that there is or is not something (use of copula)
• Further practice of numbers
• Expressions used in the restaurant
Paper Five
• Using the interrogative
• 반말 and 존댓말
• -씨 and using the –시셔세요 in honourable verbs
• The past tense
• The future tense
• Telling somebody to not do something (introduction to imperative)
• The affirmative
• The –고 ~ conjunction
• Using ‘but’ in the conjunctive form (-지만~)
• The –지지요! ending
• Occupationsjobs vocabulary
• Useful verbs
Paper Six
• Travel and means of travel vocabulary
• Revision of present progressive
• -에 and –으로 post-positions
• Introducing adverbs
• Talking about necessities
• Orientation vocabulary
• Further study of countries
• Post and pre-modification of nouns and pronouns
• The ~(으)면 좋겠다 structure
• Discussing Korean culture
• Question words
Paper Seven
• Clothing vocabulary
• ‘Wearing’ verb variations
• Basic colours
• Using the verb stem and 아어여 보다 (‘try~’)
• Pronouns and possession
• Shopping vocabulary and phrases
Paper Eight
• Extended study of Korean tenses and sentence forms
• Revision of 반말 and 존댓말
• Hometown and the home vocabulary
• Recommending
• The working life
• Telling the time
Paper Nine
• Love and dating vocabulary
• Discussing personality and characteristics
• Pronunciation
• Expressing one’s opinion
• Discussing one’s ‘ideal type’
• Song listening exercise
Paper Ten
• Basic anatomy vocabulary
• Expressing pain, injury, aches etc
• Health and lifestyle-related vocabulary
• Discussing what is good and bad about one’s lifestyle
• Discussing what is good for certain parts of the body or aspects of our health
• Suggesting solutions for an unhealthy lifestyle
• Healthy activities and choices
• Topic-relevant verb study
• Expressions used at the doctor’s
• Grammar points:- -(으)로, -마다, and (으)ㅁ 

Push It! Average class size:- 2-3 students duration of 2 hours per class per fortnight
Homework, assignments and examinations:- reading and writing examination oral examination listening examination nine pieces of homework writing assignment

Paper One
• Re-cap of ‘elementary’ Korean
• Introduction to translation
Paper Two
• Unit words
• Combined revision of time and numbers
• Onomatopoeia
• Intermediate use of description (colours)
• Continued family study
• Academic studies
• Places and finding the way
• Further expression of opinion
Paper Three
• ‘Even if~’, ‘even though~’
• Comparative study of standard and honourable styles
• Discussing the weather
• Further study of adjectives and adverbs
• Plans and decisions
• -(으)려고 하다 – expressing one’s intention
• Natural disasters
• Travel
• Verb conjugation
• Animals and their habitats
• Cooking and cuisine
• Causative verbs
Paper Four
• ~더라고
• (으)ㄹ 정도로
• Imperativecommand endings
• Suggestive endings in 반말
• Proposal interrogative
• Propositions and directions
• Discussing taste
• Determiners
• Emotional expressions
• Discussing Korean culture
• Revision of the body and clothing
Paper Five
• ~(으)ㄴ는 김에
• ~잖아(요)
• ~면서 and ~는 사이에
• The use of –기
• ~(으)ㄹ 때마다
• Contracted tenses
• ~기만 하다
• 그 만~
Paper Six
• ~에 따르면, ~에 의하면
• ~던
• ~것으로 드러나다
• ~았었더라면, 았었으면 좋았을 텐데
• Houseworkchores
• Further study of verbs
• Further study of adjectives
• 곳, 데 and 장소
• ~쯤
Paper Seven
• 무렵
• ~고는 하다
• -은는 커녕, ~기는 커녕
• ~아어여 보니
• ~다시피
• Semantics
• Further study of adjectives and adverbs
• Further verb study
Paper Eight
• Dialogue practice
• Tourism
• (으)ㄴ는 것 같다
• (으)ㄴ는가 봐(요)
• (으)ㄴ는가(요), 나(요)?
• ~(으)려다가
• Speaking practice
• -니 반말 interrogative
• A대신에 B~
• Further expressive study
Paper Nine
• Voluntary work
• Improvisation
• Further translation practice
• Introduction to 한자
• Speaking and pronunciation practice (야말로)
• 그렇게이렇게
• ~는(으)ㄴ 데도
• ~느라(고)
• Reading comprehension
Paper Ten
• ‘왕’ class-style reading comprehension
• Song listening and translation exercise
• 마무리Course Review

왕 (Wang class) :- Average class size: 1-2 students (duration of 2-3 hours per class per fortnight) Homework, assignments and examinations:- 9 pieces of homework writing assignment literature examination 1 analytical report 1 speech translation and dictation examination oral debate examination intensive listening examination
Paper One
• Advanced anatomy
• Disease, conditions and treatment
• Exercise and sport
• Physique
• Mental abilities and illnesses
• Health supplements and lifestyles
Paper Two
• Donation, voluntary and aid work
• The United Nations
• World charity organizations
• Local and neighbourly activities
• Disaster relief case study
Paper Three
• Languages of the world
• Globalisation
• Demographic studies
• Continental cultural distinctions
• The Internet
• Less and More Economically Developed Countries
• Comparison of modern youth by country

Paper Four
• The intricacy of colour
• Expressing specific feelings in specific situations and contexts
• Korean perception of the foreign world
• Etiquette, manners and modesty
• Abbreviations and expressions used in Korean entertainment media
• Blood type personality studies
• Aspects of Korean culture considered ‘traditional’
Paper Five
• Job types and career paths in modern Korea
• The typical officecompany hierarchical structure
• Traditional and modern ‘after-work’ culture
• Pre-university preparations and the education ‘fever’ in modern Korea
• University life
• The perfect jobschool interview
Paper Six
• Internet slang
• Single character expressions
• Offensive expressions and their origins
• Euphemisms and affectionate expressions
• Regional dialects and their differences
• Idioms
Paper Seven
• The cast and crew
• Traditional Korean art
• Modern literature
• Photography and urban expressive arts
• Martial arts
• Calligraphy and advanced study of 한자
• Music of the world
• Magic and fantasy
Paper Eight
• Korea: the Three Kingdoms Period
• Unified 신라
• The 조선 Dynasty
• The Japanese Occupation
• The Korean War
• Modern European History: The Industrial Revolution and the Enlightenment
• A summary of North American history
• The Ancient Egyptians
• Africa case studies
Paper Nine
• Sales and consumer trends
• Korea and the Asian Economic Crisis
• Korean products and brands
• Saving and banking
• Survey and analytical report on a chosen relevant topic
Paper Ten
• Traditional Korean games
• Board games and their rules
• Korea’s online game culture
• Popular music
• Modern film and acting
• Drinking games
• Popular hobbies and interests

Pretty neat right? I actually applied for 왕 classes and I’ll start on March 6. I really hope I pass the test though~ I saw the lessons that’s going to be tackled and I’m quite nervous about it!! I don’t know what will happen to me but I think this kind of classes will make me use my skills since there will be a teacher conducting the skype session. This will make me active for sure.

10 thoughts on “Pegasus Society for Korean Studies

    • Thanks! Really? I thought Shanna already started? I actually read some of your entries in Korean huhu~ I think you’re better writer than me!

  1. nope i haven’t start ^^ it starts on mar 6th right? hehe i’m so excited. but i dunno whether the class will be too difficult ㅠㅠ we are finally going to talk on skype tgt :D

    • did you take the placement test already? that’s the only thing i’m not sure about. yeah it starts march 6! wahh we’re like classmates! i’m just worried about the speaking part~ it’s my weakness! T^T yeah! we’ll be able to talk through skype. I saw the lesson 1 posted on the blog it’s sort of hard T^T

  2. For the Push It! class the placement test was cancelled and we were allowed to join Push It. They said, if we find the class too difficult, we can transfer to the lower class. I’m not sure if that’s applicable to the Wang class too though…

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