Students present Korean language classes to community

Senior Sunny Harston teaches a second semester Conversational Korean class at Torreyson Library. The classes were designed to allow participation of any student or member of the community interested in learning the language completely free of charge.

Language courses taught at universities can cost hundreds to thousands in tuition, but Korean language courses are free and accessible to UCA students.

“We are doing it to share our language and culture,” senior Sunny Harston said.

Sunny, along with senior Deborah Lee, is teaching courses in Korean with insight to their home culture, free of charge. Sunny said that her goal behind teaching the courses to students is that they reach a conversational level in the language.

“If [students] go to Korea, at least they can survive and order food," Sunny said. "They will be able to recognize and read Korean.” 

The classes are comprised of three semesters, each composed of different elements of the Korean language and culture. No previous knowledge of the language is required to attend the course. In the first semester, beginning students are taught the Korean alphabet, simple grammar, basic conversation and culture. In the second semester, students learn Korean words and sentences. In the last semester, students expand upon grammar and sentences and key elements taught in the language.

Typical language courses offered at universities are not always affordable to the average student. Students may take on more stress due to finances in addition to daily coursework. The tuition cost of one semester in a language course at UCA is roughly $1,000. Sunny said the courses are free because she is “not a professional Korean teacher,” but would like to share her language and culture with other students. 

About 15 students are taking advantage of the opportunity as of now, junior Dylan Tuttle being one of them.

“I want to travel to Korea someday,” Tuttle said. “I want to study their history, language, and culture.”

Tuttle is currently in his second semester of the Korean course. “I am very interested in languages.

"I am a linguistics major,” he said. “I just saw it was being offered. Learning a language gives you a better, eye-opening experience of the world.”

The classes are still accepting students and are open to any UCA student or member of the community interested in learning the language. All courses are held in Torreyson West room 320. First semester courses, taught by Deborah Lee, meet on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. Second semester courses, taught by Sunny Harston, meet on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Third semester courses, also taught by Harston, meet on Tuesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

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