Korean Online Course Standards


Content Standards: (Based on National Korean Standards 2010)

STANDARD 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

  1. Students use multiple modes of communication, conventional or digital, such as letters, text messaging and social network websites, about topics of interests with peers and teachers.
  2. Students express and respond to opinions on personal and social issues, such as body image, fashion, family relations, peer pressure and multiculturalism.
  3. Students share opinions, preferences, and critiques about popular culture, competitive sports, and arts including Korean TV dramas, K-pop music, and soccer.
  4. Students develop and propose solutions to issues and problems that are of concern to members of their own or Korean communities
  5. Students gather and compare and contrast information through a variety of sources on topics of interest to support their opinions and perspectives.
  6. Students describe and discuss with peers their personal and academic lives, such as making friends with people of different backgrounds, going to college, and choosing majors.

Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret written and spoken Korean on a variety of topics.

  1. Students demonstrate comprehension of significant details of spoken and written Korean such as media postings related to popular culture.
  2. Students chart information on plots, characters, themes, and underlying perspectives of cultural texts, such as folktales, songs, proverbs, and short stories.
  3. Students read and outline key elements from accounts of historical events and biographies of key Korean historical figures.
  4. Students demonstrate ability to identify main ideas, significant details and implications of the views presented in live or recorded discussions and lectures on Korea (e.g., Confucianism in Korea, the Korea-U.S. relationship, growing ethnic diversity).

Standard 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of Korean culture.

  1. Students demonstrate an understanding of Korean cultural practices related to birthday milestones and different ways to count age.
  2. Students show an understanding of traditional and contemporary marriage customs in Korea, and are able to articulate differences, similarities, and meanings contained in each set of customs.
  3. Students obtain information in Korean through various sources (e.g., Internet, news media, library materials) on topics of other disciplines such as current events, art and music, and popular culture.
  4.  Students exchange information and opinions in Korean orally and/or in writing about topics being studied in other school subject areas, such as political, economic, and social issues (e.g., climate change, government structure, public health).
  5. Students synthesize and evaluate information gathered in other disciplines in Korean to enhance theoretical concepts on topics on socio-cultural and historical issues (e.g., a study of gender roles in a sociology course through a discussion of changing gender roles in Korea).

Standard 3.2 Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through Korean language and cultures.

  1. Students acquire information through authentic materials, such as books, newspapers, or the Internet, pertaining to Korean practices in politics and social and environmental issues (e.g., Korean recycling regulations, compulsory military service, air-raid drill).
  2. Students expand their understanding of young adulthood by learning about the characteristics of Korean and Korean-American youths and the issues and challenges they face.
  3. Students evaluate and synthesize information from a variety of authentic Korean sources to identify and analyze distinct Korean perspectives on social and political issues in relation to other cultural perspectives.
  4. Students develop and support a point of view on topics of personal interest incorporating information

Standard 4.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the nature of language through the comparisons of the Korean language and their own.

  1. Students demonstrate awareness of various written styles and degrees of formality using appropriate speech levels and forms for reporting speeches and marking speaker stance.
  2. Students analyze elements of the Korean language, such as time, tense, and aspects, and comparable linguistic element in English to understand various representations of events.
  3. Students demonstrate awareness of the subtle nuances of speech level choices and its implications for the relationship between speakers in different social situations (e.g., switching from polite to intimate speech level or vice versa).
  4. Students demonstrate the knowledge of the ways in which the Korean language has been influenced by the historical contact with Chinese, Japanese, and English (e.g., Sino-Korean vocabulary, loan words)..

Standard 4.2 Students demonstrate understanding of the concepts of culture through comparisons of Korean culture and their own.

  1. Students explore and demonstrate how proverbs, sayings, and idiomatic expressions reflect one‘s culture through examples from the Korean language and their own.
  2. Students understand Korean cultural perspectives regarding familial and generational relationships manifested in respect for elders, importance of birth order, family responsibilities and duties, parental sacrifice for children and filial obligations.
  3. Students compare and contrast the importance of national holidays and cultural treasures of Korea with their own culture.


Standard 5.1 Students use Korean both within the school setting and beyond.

  1. Students meet and have discussions with members of the Korean language community about their intercultural experiences (e.g., student life in the U.S. vs. in Korea, cultural differences).
  2. Students interview Korean visitors and members of the local Korean community about various aspects of family and society (e.g., roles in the family, youth culture, education).
  3. Students enroll in summer camps and language programs in Korea or in Korean communities.
  4. Students investigate the history of the local Korean community.
  5. Students do internships or volunteer work at U.S-based Korean businesses.


Standard 5.2 Students show evidence of becoming lifelong learners by using Korean for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

  1. Students use Korean to obtain information on topics of personal interest and to advance knowledge of their Korean language, culture, and history.
  2. Students engage in activities for personal enjoyment and growth (e.g., martial arts, calligraphy, playing traditional instruments, watching Korean film)
  3. Students continue to utilize Korean websites to get news on current events and information pertaining to their personal interests.
  4. Students participate in school and community projects which require proficiency in Korean.

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