Beginning and Continuing Korean

by David J. Silva, Ph.D.

Features and Exercises

The Beginning and Continuing Korean CD-ROM uses the MaxBrowser™ Student Interface with five exercises for each lesson that you can choose from to help you learn the language. We encourage you to watch the short demonstration video for each exercise to see the full range of functionality provided by this software.

The MaxBrowser™ Student Interface

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The buttons you see of the top of the screen are handy shortcuts to menu choices.

  1. Like the Back button on an Internet browser; allows return to previous page or activity.
  2. Three views of the text: Word, Sentence, and Footnote (here footnote view is selected). When an underlined word or phrase is clicked, you hear the native speaker...or see the footnote content if that view is selected.
  3. Click All Play to hear the segments (word or sentence) starting from current position.
  4. For computers with microphone: Record your own voice. Recording continues until Stop button is clicked.
  5. After recording your voice in word or sentence, click to play back; then compare your voice with native speaker's.
  6. Stop any audio, such as All Play or Record.
  7. Try one of five exercises to test and improve your knowledge of the lesson:
    a. Fill-in-the-Blank click on each blank and type in your answer.
    b. Multiple multiple choice.
    c. Dictate listen to sentences from lesson and type what you hear.
    d. Flash context-based audio flashcards.
    e. Pron. helps with pronunciation by playing each word or sentence, then recording your voice to compare with the native speaker's.
  8. Help explains button or menu function.
  9. Footnote window. Drag separator bar up or down to resize footnote window.
  10. A Word or Sentence that you can click on to hear spoken word. Click left mouse button to hear the native language and right mouse button to hear English translation (when available).
  11. Video Footnote Indicator The icon indicates on attached video. Green underlines or icons indicate attached footnote.
  12. Footnote window for easier access. Footnotes may be textual, graphic, audio, or video, or may access another lesson (a hyperlink).

Multiple Choice Exercise

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For each lesson, the multiple choice exercise asks questions about a target word or phrase in the lesson text you have been studying. A score is kept to let you know how well you are doing. Simply double click on a choice, and you are given immediate feedback on the correctness of your answer.

Once you have completed all of the multiple choice questions, you will be given an opportunity to try again to correctly answer the questions you missed. This process continues until you get them all correct.

When you have answered the last multiple choice question correctly, you can repeat the exercise by clicking on Begin Over, or quit the exercise. You can also print out a transcription of your answers which can be given to your instructor to show your progress.

Fill-in-the-Blank Exercise

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For each lesson, the vocabulary completion (also called Cloze) exercise asks you to fill-in-the-blanks. The blanks may be words or simply a few characters. For some blanks, the student types in an answer and for others, the student selects from a list of choices. When you are finished filling in the blanks, you are shown the correct answers along with your score.

The value of the fill-in-the-blank exercise is that the student must use the context of the entire passage to make the correct selections. In this way the student is thinking in the target language as the lesson is being carried out. The text that you are working with is exactly the same lesson text you've seen before in MaxBrowser, Multiple Choice, Dictation, Pronunciation, and Flashcards. Your previous experience with the text provides additional clues in filling in the blanks.

You can also print out a transcription of your answers which can be given to your instructor to show your progress.

Flash Card Exercise

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For each lesson, this self-evaluative exercise helps you improve your vocabulary by displaying a deck of visual/aural flash cards. These words are taken directly from the lesson text you have been studying. As each word from the lesson is shown and played, your task is to try to think of the meaning of the word. When you feel you know the word well enough, the flashcard can be 'discarded' so the word will not appear again. The Remaining and Discarded decks are shown graphically, giving you a feel for your progress.

When a word appears that you do not know the meaning of, you can use clues provided to jog your memory:

ShowExample: shows you an example of the word used in context.
Sentence: plays the sentence that the word is a part of.
Sentence Translation: plays the translation of the sentence that the word is part of.
Translation: if you give up, plays the translation of the current word.

Pronunciation Exercise

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The pronunciation exercise is designed to help students improve pronunciation of words and sentences. This exercise mimics one of the techniques instructors commonly use to improve a student's pronunciation. It first plays the native speaker's voice, and then prompts you to say the same thing (while the appropriate text is being highlighted). You record each word sequentially, and then the whole sentence. After the recordings are completed, the native speaker's voice and your voice are played "back-to-back"so you can compare them. You do not have to press any keys during this process, as the length of time of recording for each word is automatically determined by the length of the native speaker's recording.

The text that you are working with is exactly the same lesson text you've seen before in MaxBrowser, Multiple Choice, Dictation, Vocabulary Completion, and Flashcards.

Listening Dictation Exercise

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For each lesson, the instructor designates certain sentences for you to listen to and then type in what you hear. A score is kept to let you know how well you are doing, and you are given immediate feedback on the correctness of your answer with marks that show where mistakes were made. While trying to complete the sentence, you can relisten to it and also listen to it Word by word or Slowly word by word.

You can also print out a transcription of your answers which can be given to your instructor to show your progress.