2014

The History of C.C.C (1): Korean Language Classes in the Korean Consulate General in Toronto

The History of C.C.C (Corea-Canada Cooperation) covers the history of friendly relations between Korea and Canada which had started in the Joseon Dynasty era. (And during that period, Korea was known as “Corea” instead of “Korea” to the international society.) The History of C.C.C will be in reverse order, starting from contemporary issues between Korea and Canada and tracing back to activities of Canadian missionaries in Korea during the late Joseon Dynasty.

 

The first article of The History of C.C.C is about Korean language classes operated by Korean Education Centre in Canada (주 캐나다 한국 교육원) in Consulate General of Republic of Korea in Toronto (555 Avenue Rd).

 

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Korean Education Centre in Canada (CAKEC) was established in 1981 initially for the purpose of helping Korean-Canadians to learn Korean language, history and culture, but now increases its range of activities into Canadians who are interested in Korea. (Information from http://en.cakec.com/)

 

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The following table is the list of Korean classes offered by CAKEC during this spring. I attended to Intermediate Korean class on thursday, May 8 at a small conference room in Korean Consulate General in Toronto. (Information from http://en.cakec.com/?mnu=a02b01)

 

Session Level Date Time Location
5 Beginner 2014.4.22~6.24 Tuesdays
6:00pm-8:00pm
Korean Canadian Cultural Association
(1133 Leslie Street
Toronto ON M3C 2J6)
6 Intermediate 2014.4.23~6.25 Wednesdays6:30pm-8:30pm Missisauga PAT Culture Centre
(333 Dundas St. E.
Mississauga ON L5A 1W9)
7 Beginner 2014.4.24~6.26 Thursdays
6:30pm-8:30pm
Korean Consulate General
(555 Avenue Road
Toronto ON M4V 2J7)
8 Intermediate 2014.4.24~6.26 Thursdays
6:30pm-8:30pm
Korean Consulate General
(555 Avenue Road
Toronto ON M4V 2J7)
9 Beginner 2014.4.25~6.27 Fridays
5:30pm-7:30pm
Thornhill Galleria Supermaket Culture Centre
(7040 Yonge Street
Thornhill ON l4J 1V7)
10 Beginner 2014.4.26~6.28 Saturdays
1:00pm-3:00pm
York Mills Galleria Supermarket Culture Centre
(865 York Mills Road
Toronto ON Canada M3B 1Y6)
11 Intermediate 2014.4.26~6.28 Saturdays
3:00pm-5:00pm
York Mills Galleria Supermarket Culture Centre
(865 York Mills Road
Toronto ON Canada M3B 1Y6)

 

When I stepped into the small conference room, I was surprised that there was no single Korean-Canadian. All students were people who have different backgrounds but gather together to learn Korean language. They were even exchanging greetings to each other in Korean.

 

 

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The class started with reviewing homework one by one. The homework was to write five sentences in Korean, and students wrote about what they did yesterday or during the weekends or the last summer vacation. As a teacher reads each homework, she introduced some new vocabulary which can be used in those sentences such as 외식하다 (eat out), 연주하다 (perform musical instruments) and 겪다 (experience, undergo).

 

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After reviewing the homework and the last week’s class materials, the students learned a dialogue titled “파티가 열한시에 끝났어요 (The party ended at 11pm)” by reading and translating sentence by sentence. And then they answered whether given statements are true of false and some questions according to the dialogue.

 

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After the dialogue, the students learned Grammar about “to be.” It can be translated into two different words in Korean. For example, if “to be” means equation or identification, it should be translated into “이다, 이에요, 예요” in Korean. On the other hand, if it means existence of an entity, translation should be “있다, 있어요,” They practiced this grammatical rule by indicating the location of each province in Canada.

 

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The class ended with practicing some Korean tongue twisters. As I sat in and observed the Korean language class in the Korean Consulate General in Toronto, I was impressed by how many people are interested in Korea, and how much they are willing to learn the Korean language. In the two-hour class in late evening on every Thursday, people who are in different ages, have different backgrounds but have same interests in Korea gather and study Korean together. They are passionate, practicing dialogue with their classmates and not hesitating to ask questions to the teacher. I hope more and more people become interested in Korea and start to learn the Korean language in the future.

 

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