I started the first lesson of the third level of my online Korean language course and what a surprise! Whereas level two only required about three hours of study a week, level three requires about 12 hours a week. Since yesterday when I started the first lesson of level three, I have been cramming so that I can get through it in time for the online interactive practice session with my tutor tonight. Each lesson requires listening to two dialogues over and over, watching several videos, filling out several pages of worksheets, memorizing a set of vocabulary and doing the one-hour practice session with the tutor. To do it well might take about 15 hours of study.
I was so absorbed and busy with the first half of that lesson yesterday afternoon and evening, that I missed writing this blog last night and am doing it on the following morning. That is not a big transgression, I realize, but I like to stay on track and write one blog each day.
I am glad to be doing this phase of Korean language study in this program over the summer. Actually, I have always wanted to have a few weeks to concentrate on learning Korean without having to teach English. Now, I have two months for it.
I still get interrupted while studying, however. For instance, I had one lengthy phone call and several chat messages regarding the planning for the peace tour, the September trip to Sokcho, and KOTESOL fall seminars while I was studying yesterday. Well, I’ll have to get an earlier start on next week’s lesson so that I’ll be able to do a couple of hours of study a day instead of all 12 hours over two days.
It will be hard to keep up with it once school starts. I can get through eight weeks of it this summer, leaving the last four to complete in September. My fall teaching schedule starts in September and I have eighteen teaching hours to teach in the fall so far.