How to Sogang: Level 2 Summary

This will talk about how the classes are organized, what you learn in the second session, and what the midterm and final exams entail.

Level 2 KGP200 (Day/Morning Class) Statistics:

  • Age: mid-twenties
    • The youngest in my class was 19 and the oldest was in her early 30s.
  • Gender: female
    • My class had 12 girls and 4 boys
  • Nationality: East Asian (Hong Kong)
    • Of my 16 classmates:
      • East Asia: 9
        • Hong Kong: 4
        • Japan: 3
        • China: 1
        • Taiwan: 1
      • South-East Asia: 2
        • Thailand: 1
        • Singapore: 1
      • Europe: 1
        • Scotland: 1
      • North America: 3
        • United States: 3 (including myself)
      • South America: 1
        • Argentina: 1
  • How long intending to study: intending to move on to level 3
    • The second most common was staying only for this session and returning home after.

Class Organization:

  • Writing class: 1hr
    • This class doesn’t normally present any new material. It it there to reenforce what you have learned in previous classes and give you guided practice on writing.
  • Speaking class: 2hrs
    • This class is divided into two 1-hour sections. There is lots of speaking with the person next to you, the three other at the table you’re at, and with the whole class.
    • This is where most of the new information you learn is taught.
  • Listening/Reading class: 1hr
    • This class consisted of lots of listening to the prerecorded dialogues used in the book.
    • Some new information is taught in this class, but it is mostly vocabulary that is necessary to understand things in the dialogue.

First Half of the Session

  • 존댓말 future
    • 아버지께서 미국에 가실 거예요.
    • Father will go to the United states.
  • I guess I shall/shall I?
    • 텔레비전을 켜 드릴게요?
    • I guess I shall turn on the TV?/Shall I turn on the TV?
  • 존댓만 requests
    • 도와해 주시겠어요.
    • Please help me.
  • using “after” (그 다음에) as a conjunction
    • 거기에 간 다음에 집에 가요.
    • After going there, I go home.
  • “before” as a conjunction
    • 거기에 가기 전에 집에 있었어요.
    • Before going there, I was home.
  • “when”
    •  verb
      • 공부할 때 스트레스를 받아요.
      • When I study, I stress.
    • adj
      • 여기 있을 때 저는 행복해요.
      • When I’m here, I’m happy.
  • “if”
    • 공부를 많이 하면 시험에 잘 봐요.
    • If I study a lot, I do well on tests.
  • verb -> noun (direct object)
    • 공부하는 것을 싫어해요.
    • (I hate) studying.
  • verb -> noun (subject)
    • 공부하는 것이 좋아요.
    • Studying (is good.)
  • let’s do X/let’s not do X
    • 쇼핑합시다./쇼핑하지 맙시다.
    • Let’s go shopping./Let’s not go shopping.
  • because x, y (그니까 as a conjunction)
    • 비가 오니까 쇼핑하지 맙시다.
    • Because it’s raining, let’s not go shopping.
  • I’m sorry, but…
    • adj
      • 머리가 아픈데요.
      • I’m sorry, but my head hurts./My head hurts unfortunately.
    • present tense verb
      • 못 가는데요.
      • I’m sorry, but I can’t go./I can’t go unfortunately.
    • past tense verb
      • 잘못 들었는데요.
      • I’m sorry, but I heard wrong./I heard wrong unfortunately.
    • noun
      • 저는 영어 선생님 인데요.
      • I’m sorry, but I’m an English teacher./I’m an English teacher unfortunately.
    • noun (negative)
      • 저는 선생님이 안인데요.
      • I’m sorry, but I’m not a teacher./I’m not a teacher unfortunately.
  • I promised (someone else) I would x
    • 도와 주기 했어요.
    • I promised I would help.
  • can/can’t (permission)
    • 여기에 담배를 피워도 돼요.
    • (You) can smoke here.
    • 여기에 담배를 피우면 안돼요.
    • (You) can’t smoke here.
  • Reported speech
    • present tense adj
      • 씨도니 씨는 힘이 없다고 했어요.
      • Sydney said she has no energy.
    • present tense verb
      • 씨도니 씨는 거기에 간다고 했어요.
      • Sydney said she goes there.
    • past tense verb
      • 씨도니 씨는 공부했다고 했어요.
      • Sydney said she studied.
    • future tense verb
      • 씨도니 씨는 공부할 거라고 했어요.
      • Sydney said she will study.

Midterms:

  • There are four tests. Writing, speaking, reading/listening, and the interview.
  • All of the tests except the interview are completely written tests. (Yes, even the speaking test is completely written.)
  • The interview is completely verbal:
    • Is about 15 minutes long.
    • The first part is you and a randomly assigned partner must have a conversation about two of about 10 different dialogue prompts (provided earlier) for a decent amount of time. If you don’t talk long enough, the teacher will select a third prompt.
    • The teachers assume that you and your partner will write out the conversations ahead of time, memorize them, and then recite them for the midterm.
    • The second part is just you and the teacher. The possible questions the teacher can ask are provided beforehand.

Second Half:

  • verb -> adj
    • Present verb
      • 모자를 쓰는 남자가 루크 씨 예요.
      • The man wearing a hat is Luke.
    • Past verb
      • 어제 먹은 음식이 라면 이에요.
      • The food I ate yesterday is ramyeon.
  • looks like/seems like/probably
    • adj
      • 씨도니 씨가 행복한 것 같아요.
      • Sydney looks happy./It seems like Sydney is happy./Sydney is probably happy.
    • present verb
      • 모니카 씨가 일하는 것 같아요.
      • Monica looks like she’s working./Monica seems to be working./Monica is probably working.
    • past verb
      • 루크 씨가 일찍 일어난 것 같아요.
      • Luke looks like he woke up early./Luke seems to have woken up early./Luke probably got up early.
    • future verb
      • 씨도니 씨가 쇼핑할 것 같아요.
      • It looks like Sydney will go shopping./It seems like Sydney will go shopping./Sydney will probably go shopping.
  • banmal (informal, between friends or toward younger people)
    • present verb
      • 나는 쇼핑해.
      • I’m shopping.
    • past verb
      • 나는 쇼핑했어.
      • I shopped.
    • future verb
      • 나는 쇼핑할 거야.
      • I will shop.
    • command
      • 가!/가지 마!
      • Go!/Don’t go!
    • suggestion
      • 가자./가지 말자.
      • Let’s go./Let’s not go.
  • “however” (그른데) as a conjunction
    • adj
      • 루크 씨는 키가 큰데 씨도니 씨는 키가 작아요.
      • Luke is tall. However, Sydney is short.
    • verb
      • 모니카 씨는 음식을 먹는데 씨도니 씨는 물을 마셔요.
      • Monica is eating food. However, Sydney is drinking water.
    • past verb (comparing times)
      • 어렸을 때는 제가 공부하지 않았는데 지금은 제가 공부 많이 해요.
      • When I was a kid, I didn’t study. However, now I study a lot.
  • experience
    • present (positive)
      • 저는 스키를 타 본 적이 있어요.
      • I have experience skiing.
    • past/negative
      • 저는 무서운 영화를 본 적이 있어요.
      • I have experience watching scary movies.
  • Do you know?
    • adj
      • 무서운지 알아요?
      • Do you know why it’s scary?
    • noun
      • 선생님이 인지 알아요?
      • Do you know who the teacher is?
    • present/past verb
      • 안가는지 알아요?
      • Do you know why (he) won’t go?
  • I guess he must be x (an assumption/guess)
    • present adj
      • 씨도니 씨는 행복하겠어요.
      • Sydney must be happy.
    • present 존댓만 adj
      • 아버지께서 행복하시겠어요.
      • Father must be happy.
    • past adj
      • 씨도니 씨는 행복했겠어요.
      • Sydney must have been happy.
    • past 존댓만 adj
      • 아버지께서 행복하셨겠어요.
      • Father must have been happy.
  • becomes/get/go (adj only)
    • present
      • 수업이 미쳐져요.
      • Class is becoming crazy./Class is getting crazy./Class is going crazy.
    • past
      • 수업이 미쳐졌어요.
      • Class became crazy./Class got crazy./Class went crazy.
  • becomes/get/go (verb only)
    • present
      • 저는 스트레스를 받게 돼여.
      • I’m becoming stressed./I’m getting stressed.
    • past
      • 저는 스트레스를 받게 됐어여.
      • I became stressed./I got stressed.
  • even if x, y (그레도 as a conjunction)
    • 아무리 시간이 없어도 숙제를 해요.
    • Even if there’s no time, I do homework.
  • 격식체 (aka: the -습니다 form)
    • present verb
      • 합니다
    • present 존댓만 verb
      • 하십니다
    • past verb
      • 했습니다
    • past 존댓만 verb
      • 하셨습니다
    • future verb
      • 할 겁니다
    • future 존댓만 verb:
      • 하실 겁니다
    • command:
      • 하십시오
    • question
      • present verb
        • 합니까?
      • present 존댓만 verb
        • 하십니까?
      • past verb
        • 했습니까?
      • past 존댓만 verb
        • 하셨습니까?
      • future verb
        • 할 겁니까?
      • future 존댓만 verb
        • 하실 겁니까?
  •  reported speech
    • “let’s do together”
      • 씨도니 씨는 극장에 같이 가자라고 했어요.
      • Sydney said let’s go to the movie theater together.
    • command
      • 모니카 씨는 공부하라고 했어요.
      • Monica said to study.
    • question (asked)
      • present tense adj
        • 씨도니 씨는 표가 없냐고 했어요.
        • Sydney asked if there are no tickets.
      • present tense verb
        • 씨도니 씨는 모니카 씨가 거기에 간냐고 했어요.
        • Sydney asked if Monica goes there.
      • past tense verb
        • 씨도니 씨는 루크 씨가 공부했냐고 했어요.
        • Sydney asked if Luke studied.
      • future tense verb
        • 씨도니 씨는 모니카 씨가 공부할 거냐고 했어요.
        • Sydney asked if Monica will study.”let’s do together”
      • let’s do together
        • 씨도니 씨는 극장에 같이 가자냐고 했어요.
        • Sydney asked if (we) will go to the movie theater together.
    • When I x-ed, y
      • 집에 왔을 때 숙제를 했어요.
      • When I came home, I did homework.

Final Exam:

  • Four tests again. Writing, speaking, listening/reading, and the interview.
  • The written tests follow the same format as the midterm exam.
  • The interview is slightly different.
    • 100% 1-on-1 with the teacher.
    • The teacher giving the test is a teacher for level 3.
    • You are given a list of prompts from which the teacher will start with and sometimes go back to if the conversation naturally dies out before the time is up.
    • This one is much more natural-feeling as the teacher will actively engage in conversation with you.
  • You will know your final test results often that afternoon if not the morning of the next day for sure.
  • If you fail only one of the written tests, then you can retake it. If you fail more than one or if you only fail the interview test, you are not eligible for retest and you will fail the level.

Check here for my level 3 summary

How to Sogang: The Application Process
How to Sogang: Visa
How to Sogang: Flights and Housing
How to Sogang: Packing and Predeparture
How to Sogang: The Airport
How to Sogang: Getting to Campus and the Placement Test
How to Sogang: New Student Orientation and the First Day of Class
How to Sogang: How to Get Your Alien Registration Card (ARC)
How to Sogang: Getting a SIM/Wifi Egg
How to Sogang: The Seoul Subway System
How to Sogang: The Seoul Bus System
How to Sogang: How to Get the Most Out of Sogang
How to Sogang: Level 1 Summary

How to Sogang: Level 3 Summary
How to Sogang: Graduation
How to Sogang: Retests
Sogang University Korea Language Program

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19 comments

    1. The midterm grades are broken down by subject (reading, listening, speaking, writing, and the interview test). They are worth slightly fewer points than the final. The midterm and final grades are added together at the end along with some participation grade and attendance etc. to calculate the final score.

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