How to Sogang: Level 3 Summary

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


Level 3 KGP200 Day/Morning Class

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 others 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

  • It became [time] since I X-ed/It’s been [since] I X-ed
    • 한국에 온지 9개월 됐어요.
    • It became 9 months since I came to Korea. (It’s been 9 months since I came to Korea.)
  • Connecting two related, independent clauses with a semicolon (you learn this one this time with just using 이다)
    • 이 친구가 씨드니인데 영어 선생님이에요.
    • This friend is Sydney; she’s an English teacher.
  • If I’m going to X, ….
    • 한국어를 공부하려면 그녕 수업에 가면 돼요?
    • If I’m going to study Korean, is it okay if I just go to class?
  • If I do X, is it okay?
    • 한국어를 공부하려면 그녕 수업에 가면 돼요?
    • If I’m going to study Korean, is it okay if I just go to class?
  • Reported speech contractions used during speaking
    • 하다고 했어요 -> 하
    • 하라고 했어요 -> 하
    • 하냐고 했어요 -> 하
    • 하자고 했어요 -> 하
  • It’s on the X side. (Used for softening statements)
    • 그 음식이 매운 편이에요.
    • That food is on the spicy side.
  • Yes, it is X, but it is X.
    • 그 음식이 맵긴 하지만 맛있어요.
    • That food is spicy, but it is tasty.
  • I could possibly X, so could you Y?
    • 점심을 요리할 테니까 설거지를 할 까요?
    • I could possibly cook lunch so could you wash the dishes?
  • 반말 (casual) exclamations (when talking to yourself/no one specific)
    • !
    • It’s cold!
  • I have experience X-ing, so because of that ….
    • 미국에서 살아 보니까 궁금한 것이 있으면 물어보세요.
    • I have experience living in the United States, so because of that if you have something you’re curious about, please ask.
  • Because (of) X, Y.
    • 돈이 없기 때문에 클럽에 못 가요.
    • Because I don’t have money, I can’t go to the club.
  • If you X-ed, that would be good.
    • 열심히 공부했으면 좋겠어요.
    • If you studied hard, that would be good.
  • I personally witnessed/remember X happening. (‘더’ is one of the hardest grammar points of level 3, and from what I can tell, it’s a particle that is more poetic/adds sentimental feeling to a sentence more than anything. It’s not just English-speakers that have trouble with this particle, and the teachers have a hard time explaining it.)
    • 눈이 오던데요.
    • I personally witnessed/remember the snow was falling.
  • I heard X, is that true?/did you really?
    • 결혼한다면서요?
    • I heard you got married, is that true?/Did you really get married?
  • X could possibly happen so I’m worried.
    • 길이 많이 막힐 턴데 걱정이에요.
    • The road could possibly be crowded so I’m worried.
  • [independent clause] however [independent clause]
    • 그 노래를 좋아하는데 노래를 못 불려요.
    • I like that song. However, I can’t sing.
  • creating future-tense adjectives that are before nouns/”[noun] that I could”
    • 일이 많아요.
    • There is a lot of work that I could do.

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.
      • You must
        • recite two of the dialogues that are in the book exactly, word-for-word
        • must take two of the dialogues from the book, change them slightly, and elongate them a few sentences more
        • take two of the dialogues in the book, use only the grammar that was taught in them and rewrite them to be completely original and much longer than the original dialogue
        • the dialogues you must recite are chosen randomly by the teacher so it is in your best interests to learn them all
    • The second part is just you and the teacher. The possible questions the teacher can ask are provided beforehand.

Second Half:

  • Connecting two related, independent clauses using a semicolon (this one is for everything outside of 이다)
    • 음식이 많이 남았는데 혹시 포장해도 돼요?
    • We have a lot of leftover food; could we get it to-go?
  • I don’t know if it could even X./I don’t know if it will X.
    • 비가 올지도 몰라요.
    • I don’t know if it could even rain./It don’t know if it will rain.
  • Do you want X? (asking 1 person or a group)
    • 클럽에 갈래요?
    • Do you want to go to the club?
  • Exclamations but for when you’re talking to someone
    • 예쁘네요!
    • You’re so pretty!
  • connection for cause and reaction
    • 병원에 갔더니 의사선생님이 깁스를 해야 하래요.
    • I went to the hospital and the doctor said I have to wear a cast.
  • when stating facts you believe to be true because you know from personal experience or because someone told you (this is another than contains that tricky ‘더’ particle)
    • 롯데 월드가 재미없더라고요.
    • Lotte World isn’t actually fun. (The source of this opinion/knowledge is vague, but the person saying this believes it as if it were fact.)
  • “so that”
    • 한국어를 빨리 배울 수 있 개인 수업에 들어요.
    • So that I can learn Korean quickly, I attend a private tutoring session.
  • stative verbs
    • 닫다 = to be closing (문이 닫여요. The door is closing.)
    • 닫히다 = to close (문을 닫혔어요. I closed the door.)
    • 닫혀 있다 = to be closed (문이 닫혀 있어요. The door is closed.)
  • I guess ….
    • 한국어를 배운 것이 어려운가 봐요.
    • I guess learning Korean is hard.
  • I am/was/will be X-ing instead so…
    • 클럽에서 노느라고 숙제를 못 했어요.
    • I was playing at the club instead so I didn’t do the homework.
  • I thought X (but I was wrong)
    • 한국어를 배우것이 쉬운 줄 알았어요.
    • I thought learning Korean was easy (but I was wrong/I don’t think that anymore).
  • using (었/았)던데요 as an adjective before nouns (back at it again with our favorite ‘더’ particle)
    • 그 것이 제 맛이 커피예요.
    • That is the coffee that I was drinking.
  • 고 나서 instead of 그 다음에 to mean “after that”
    • 커피를 다 맛이고 나서 케이크를 먹었어요.
    • After I drank coffee, I ate cake.
  • If I didn’t X/X-ed, I could have possibly Y-ed, so because of that Z.
    • 열심히 공부했으면 시험을 잘 봤을 턴데 후회돼요.
    • If I studied hard, I could have possibly took the test well, so because of that I have regrets.
  • I’m thinking about/considering X-ing.
    • 이번 방학때 일본에 갈까 해요.
    • I’m thinking about/considering going to Japan this break.

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 4.
    • 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.

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 2 Summary

How to Sogang: Graduation
How to Sogang: Retests
Sogang University Korea Language Program

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