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Talk: A Task-Based Advanced-level Language and Culture Education - A Showcase of Korean Language
Date: 18 April 2011 

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures has the pleasure of inviting you to the following talk:

A Task-Based Advanced-level Language and Culture Education: A Showcase of Korean Language

Professor Seok-Hoon YOU (Korea University)

Target and goal of language teaching, in general, has been limited to an education of learners from beginning to intermediate levels or so, and halted there without any further serious challenge to higher levels. Not a significant effort has been made in the field in any language so far to overcome the limit by pushing the learners to highest level within limited time period in an institutional setting.

Purpose of this lecture is to demonstrate and share an interim result of a prototypical language and culture education curriculum. This curriculum is to teach a group of students of Korean language and culture with an intermediate level proficiency so that they reach ‘general professional proficiency’ (3 or 3+ in ILR scale) in speaking, reading, listening and culture within limited time span. The curriculum is based on a pedagogical principle so-called TBLT (Task-Based Language Teaching). Under this pedagogical principle, students are guided to participate in and accomplish a set of tasks. The learning process is very closely monitored and supervised. Despite many limitations and drawbacks, this new curriculum turns out to be successful in the following terms:
1. The first institutional effort to push learners to 'general professional proficiency' within limited time period
2. Custom-made curriculum for individual learners
3. Doing language rather than learning it

Prof. Seok-Hoon YOU received his PhD from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa in Linguistics. He is currently Director of the Research Institute for Language and Information at Korea University, Seoul, Korea. Prior to coming to Korea University in 1998, he taught at Harvard University in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the University of Hawaii in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. His research interests include cognitive functional linguistics, practical applied linguistics, and language acquisition and pedagogy.


All are welcome. No registration is required.
For enquiries, please contact Yvonne Yeung (

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