On the way home from school, I heard an interesting conversation. This student is probably a beginner picking up Korean.
Why do we need to learn to write in Korean? All I need to know is how to speak in the language. Learning to write is unnecessary.
This student’s friends were nodding in agreement. Personally I was taken aback. I was pondering over the statement and I came to a 1-word conclusion: expectations.
I think the different reasons for picking up Korean and goals set for learning would determine the expectations from the class and how hardworking a person would be when learning. Some of the common reasons for picking up Korean:
– kdrama (that’s mine! Watch without subs)
I am a goal-oriented person and I find that with an observable goal attached to learning would make it more productive as I’m working towards something. My goal is KLPT level 2 so when I attend classes I make an extra effort to learn and listen more attentively. Knowing the requirements for KLPT, I’m putting in the hours (I try!) to remember the new words and log my learning in my blog.
With my goal in mind, I have the expectations of picking up reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in class. Maybe this is the reason I was frustrated when I could not pick up what I wanted to learn in the first lesson with CLS.
Hmm… back to the student. Don’t you think it feels kinda incomplete to learn to speak without learning the write and read?