Essential Korean Reader offers supplementary reading material for students in the early stages of learning Korean.
The readings included have been specially written for heritage students in their second and third semesters or non-heritage students in their third and fourth semesters of study. Students are exposed to interesting cultural topics while expanding their active vocabulary and developing reading and writing skills.
The topics covered focus on aspects of modern and traditional Korean life and cultural differences between Korea and the rest of the world. Each reading is supported by pre and post-reading questions, a glossary of new words and expressions, helpful grammar explanations and exercises.
SECTION 1 Chapter 1 Greetings and handshakes Chapter 2 Street foods Chapter 3 "Friend" in Korean and in English Chapter 4 New Year’s Day Chapter 5 Korean humor Chapter 6 Seoul Chapter 7 College festival Chapter 8 Part-time job Chapter 9 Korean women don’t change their names SECTION 2 Chapter 1 Pine tree and magpie Chapter 2 Dueonjang and Gochujang Chapter 3 Korean "bang" culture Chapter 4 Chuseok, Harvest Moon Festival Chapter 5 Korean stories: yellow ox and black ox Chapter 6 Incheon city Chapter 7 Importance of education Chapter 8 Etiquette in the workplace Chapter 9 Two kinds of compliments