(See course prerequisites section to figure out whether or not you can take this)
There are so many 101 courses with nobody following up on it... so I figured that it'd be a good idea to make a 201 because this place needs more stuff for after the "beginning beginner" level of stuff.
The goal of the course is to teach whoever wants to listen about most of the material covered on the Beginner level TOPIK exam. I can't promise that I can get you a good score or whatever, but I can promise to teach you about most of the grammar and some of the vocab that it tests you on.
Once a week for 8 weeks (a.k.a. basically 2 months) starting on Sunday, September 22 (but Saturday the 21st if you're in the American timezones), anyone interested can meet up with me in the r/rugc mumble server (because it's the biggest reddit mumble server I know of) and I'll just talk with whoever shows up about Korean grammar and vocabulary.
Why Mumble instead of videos or whatever? Because I for one would rather have a conversation with a tutor/teacher than watch a video if I were in your shoes. Besides, there are plenty of excellent video series and whatnot on Youtube for learning Korean as it is, all of which I can point you to if you want.
For each week I will have a specific topic to teach (for example, the first week will be about word order and most of the common postpositions that they teach in beginner classes), so if you don't want to learn about that topic you can just ignore it and show up next week or whatever.
Also, we'll use one of those collective "draw with friends" websites like Twiddla or some other online whiteboard website so that we can all use a whiteboard together and I can have a visual component to go with the audio component of talking on Mumble with people. I'll post the link in the Mumble chat and have it as my user comment thing so that people who show up late can join that way.
Look at the Syllabus for specific dates, times, topics, and websites that will be used during the "class sessions" (although academically speaking I suppose that this would be more like a seminar by definition)
- Week 1, Sunday the 22nd of September
All about word order and more-or-less basic grammatical/vocabulary stuff, specifically: question words, ~은/는, ~이/가, ~을/를, ~에, ~에서, ~하고, ~과/와, ~(이)랑, ~(으)로, ~의, ~(으)려고, 이/그/저), and 좀. Also, pronouns.
- Week 2, Sunday the 29th of September
All about numbers, some basic verbs, and how to conjugate verbs in general (past, present and future), specifically: 반말, 해요체, 존댓말, 합쇼체, imperative sentences, "let's ___", basic conjunctions (like 그리고, 그러나, etc). Asking for people's opinions on stuff (i.e. "what do you think of ___?").
- Week 3, Sunday the 6th of October
More grammar stuff, specifically: ~앞/옆/뒤/위/밑/etc, ~쪽, ~보다, ~에게/한테, ~기, ~대신, ~(으)면, ~부터/까지, ~도 되다, ~고/며 있다, ~(으)며, ~고 싶다, ~ㄴ 중, and ~후/전. Basic info about how honorifics work. Also, a bit about verb conjugation that I didn't cover before (like, conjugating ~ㄹ다 verbs and whatnot).
- Week 4, Sunday the 13th of October
If I forgot to cover anything or ran out of time in previous classes, I'll use this one to catch up. After that, a bit about how adjectives, adverbs, and clauses work. Also, a review of the material thus far because this is the halfway point.
- Week 5, Sunday the 20th of October
More ways to conjugate verbs, specifically: ~해주다, ~지 말다, ~(아/어)보다, "wanna do ___?", and ~지오/죠, ~네, ~군, ~(으)ㄹ까, ~(으)ㄹ께, and ~은/는데(요).
- Week 6, Sunday the 27th of October
Quoted speech (like "he said X, she said Y"), joining sentences with basic conjunctions (specifically: ~고 ~, ~지만 ~, ~은/는데 ~, ~(으)면서 ~, ~(으)서 ~, ~ 때문에 ~, and ~니까 ~) as well as intonation tips so that you can sound more fluent.
- Week 7, Sunday the 3rd of November
All about book recommendations and website recommendations for learning more on your own. If there's time after that (and there probably will be), then I'll review everything for whatever time remains.
- Week 8, Sunday the 10th of November
AMA (i.e. review stuff some more or ask me about other language things/Korea in general... whatever you wanna do)
There are only 2 requirements for this thing:
1) Don't be a dick.
2) Learn how to read
If you are illiterate but still want to take the class, here are some sites to get you ready:
NOTE: The more comfortable you become with reading and writing, the easier it will be for me to teach you
Classes will be taught in English at 10am KST and repeated again at 10pm KST every Sunday (see 3rd paragraph below for explanation).
For each week, the same class will be held twice on Sundays (note that the first iteration will be on Saturday if you're in the Americas) because timezones. So you only need to show up to one of them per week in order to listen to me cover all the material.
The first iteration will be held at 10am KST and the same material will be covered again at 10pm KST (again, because timezones). Each iteration will last for up to 2 hours, meaning that if we finish early then we can just end it there and I'll try to answer any questions.
If you want to show up for both for whatever reason, that's fine... but unless you live in the oceanic or east asian timezones you'll probably have to stay up really, really late to do both.
For information on how to join me for the class sessions, see the "Additional Information" section below.
(Most vocabulary will be introduced as we go)
The topics of the class for each week will be like this:
(I had all of the individual lessons typed out here, but I decided to remove them from this part and just let the "lectures" section speak for itself instead)
Every class will be held on the r/RUGC's mumble server.
FYI you can get Mumble here: http://mumble.sourceforge.net
r/RUGC Mumble server info is here: mumble.redditgaming.com, port 64748
The specific channel will probably be the "RedditClass" channel in the "Dota 2" section of the list, but if it's occupied then we'll figure something out. My username on there will be "wand", fyi.
If you get lost, then search on Youtube for a tutorial or whatever on how to use Mumble. It's not difficult.
As for my qualifications, I have been learning Korean since like 2005 on my own as a hobby (along with many other languages) and I've lived in Korea as I travel around the world since the winter of 2010.
I'm also a teacher irl. I've taught/tutored several foreign languages and all levels of mathematics from elementary algebra to calculus to abstract algebra.
But my biggest qualification is that I actually feel like doing it. Most people try too hard or are too disorganized when they do these U o'Reddit classes and so they like fall apart after the 3rd or 4th "lecture". That's why I want to keep this easy for me to do. Just meet up on Mumble and talk about stuff. Making videos and stuff just takes too much time and effort compared to just sitting in a mumble channel talking to whoever wants to listen.
Also this: http://www.reddit.com/r/Korean/comments/1fbnwj/iamawhiteamericanwhoisalmostcompletely_99/