Resources for Korean Language Teachers

Korean flag outside of homeSeoul, KoreaSTARTALK is a federal grant program funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland which supports teacher professional development, student language learning, and instructional resource development for critical less commonly taught languages in the United States.

For over a decade, STARTALK has developed a robust collection of resources to support language teachers across the United States. On this page, you will find different categories of resources specifically for Korean language teachers and programs. Whether you are teaching now, preparing to become a world language teacher, or training and mentoring teachers, we feel certain that you will find these resources beneficial to your work in the field of world language education.

Model Curricula

STARTALK has created model curricula to provide support for Korean language programs in the curriculum development process. These model curricula are intended as examples. Teachers will have to adjust what is provided to meet the specific needs of their students. The model curricula available for download below provide include each stage of the backward design process (Learning Outcomes, Assessment Tasks, Learning Experiences) and may be adapted to any language.

Each of the model curricula here identify and describe Key Learning Experiences for teachers and learners. Defining the Key Learning Experiences for a language curriculum allows instructors to take large program (course) learning goals and key performance assessments and use them to develop lesson plans and episodes—further unpacking each learning goal into daily lesson can-do statements, identifying the check(s) for learning that will take place, and outlining the vocabulary and language chunks that correspond to each lesson can-do statement.

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Let's Meet Some Animals
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Students will take virtual trips to see animals in their natural habitats. First, they will get to know their classmates and will find out which animals they like and don’t like, and will talk about the pets they have. They will describe their favorite animals and will be able to say where they live, how they move, and what they eat. They will also be able to describe animals that are unique to Korean culture. They will be able to say what all animals need to survive and thrive. At the end of the program, they will share what they have learned about animals with their parents.
Grade Range: K-2
Performance Target: NM- NH
Personal Identity
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Students will take virtual trips to see animals in their natural habitats. First, they will get to know their classmates and will find out which animals they like and don’t like, and will talk about the pets they have. They will describe their favorite animals and will be able to say where they live, how they move, and what they eat. They will also be able to describe animals that are unique to Korean culture. They will be able to say what all animals need to survive and thrive. At the end of the program, they will share what they have learned about animals with their parents.
Grade Range: 6-12
Performance Target: NM- NH

Sample Curricula

STARTALK has collected curricula utilized by STARTALK programs to serve as samples and provide support to other educators in their curriculum development process. These samples were provided to STARTALK Central by programs serving a variety of age groups and proficiency levels and were recommended for sharing by STARTALK team leaders. These curricula are intended as examples only. They have been collected over the course of several years and may not utilize current STARTALK curricula formats or models.

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Oh, The Places You'll Go
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In this curriculum, students plan a trip to Seoul, Korea. Working in small groups, students select their destinations and make preparations for their trip. Students gather information about the destinations, e.g., location and geographic features, landmarks, and major cultural events, to determine what to do in the city and what to prepare for the trip. They will set a date for the trip and plan a schedule that outlines tasks that need to be completed prior to the trip. Grade Range:
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9-12
NM- NH
90
Non-Heritage
2017
University of Southern California
Action to Make a Difference
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In this curriculum, students learn about a Korean historical event, the March First Movement / Sam-Il Jul, and explore its female activist Yoo Kwan Soon’s life by examining where she lived, who she was, and her heritage, while learning about Korean geography, holidays, and her important role and contribution to the movement as a high school student. Students learn to introduce themselves with biographical information and present their interests, activities, and religion, before discussing Yoo and other similar heroes from different countries. Grade Range:
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9 – 12
IL-IM
90
Non-Heritage
2017
One World Now!
Korean New Year
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In this curriculum, students explore Korean New Year. They learn about Korean Lunar New Year, such as its name and date, customs and ritual, traditional food, and folk games. They learn to talk about family and relatives, make a New Year card with dates, create a shopping list for food, and plan prep work for Korean New Year, such as cleaning the house and preparing traditional clothes. As they experience Korean New Year, they make comparisons with Gregorian New Year celebration and talk about the importance of remembering and celebrating holidays from their heritage country. Grade Range:
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6-8
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90
Heritage
2017
One World Now!
Getting to know K-POP
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In this curriculum, students will learn about K-POP music and will introduce a K-POP band to their classmates. They will review various K-POP bands and choose one that appeals to them. Working in small groups, students will begin by researching the basic details about the band members and describe the story and other elements of the band’s music videos. Grade Range:
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9-12
NH-IL
90
Non-Heritage
2017
One World Now!
Making a travel itinerary to Korea
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In this curriculum, students role play as travel agents and create the ideal itinerary for a family who would like to travel to Korea for the first time. Students will first answer questions such as: Where in Korea would this family like to go; what activities they are interested in; and other details such as accommodations, food etc. Students then will explore various places in Korea and learn about the regions that fit this family’s interests and research tourist attractions and other activities. Students will also give basic information to this family on making preparations prior to the trip such as securing travel documents, arranging travel within Korea, making flight reservations, accommodations and appropriate clothing. Grade Range:
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9-12
NH-IL
90
Heritage
2017
One World Now!
“Grandpa, I am visiting you this summer.”
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In this curriculum, students will learn how to express like/dislike/preference of weather and food, talking about a particular task, asking for directions, buying and exchanging goods, buying gift for a birthday party and using different transportation in an imaginary language journey on the Silk Road. Grade Range:
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K-2
NL
90
Non-Heritage
2017
One World Now!
Korean fairy tale of Kongjwi and Patjwi
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In this curriculum, students explore the well-known traditional Korean fairy tale “Kongjwi and Patjwi”. The story of Kongjwi and Patjwi will allow learners to make comparisons with the characters and settings in the Western story of Cinderella as well as their own lives. Students will learn to express the various characters’ names, ages, occupations, appearance, clothing, routines, likes/dislikes and activities. Grade Range:
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3-5
NMbr /> 90
Heritage
2017
One World Now!
Who lives in the ocean?
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In this curriculum, students learn about ocean animals through a traditional Korean folktale. In addition to learning how to introduce themselves and others, they will learn how to talk about their daily routines. They will also learn how to describe the color, size, habits and diets of the creatures of the sea and explore the concept of the need to preserve the ocean world. Grade Range:
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3-5
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90
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2017
One World Now!
My Virtual Luck
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In this curriculum, students learn about the everyday lives of Korean families through a well-known traditional children’s story, Heungboo and Nolboo. As students learn the story of two brothers, they will be able to greet people, introduce themselves and family, exchange personal information such as ages, and talk about preferences on daily routines, personalities, and living situations and choices. They will also draw comparisons between the story and their own lives. Grade Range:
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6-8
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90
Non-Heritage
2017
One World Now!
My Korean Twin
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In this curriculum, students experience Korean language and culture through the story of an American high school student who is reunited with her long-lost twin brother in Korea. Nina, a 16-year-old Korean American girl, just learned that her new pen friend is her Korean twin brother. To be able to meet and communicate with her brother Nemo, she learns some of basic Korean first before visiting him in Seoul. When she visits him in Seoul, Nemo teaches Nina about Korean language and culture by taking her shopping, visiting a famous place, and eating at a restaurant. Grade Range:
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9-12
NM-NH
90
Non-Heritage
2017
One World Now!
My Arabic Playdate
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In this curriculum, students experience Korean language and culture through the story of an American high school student who is reunited with her long-lost twin brother in Korea. Nina, a 16-year-old Korean American girl, just learned that her new pen friend is her Korean twin brother. To be able to meet and communicate with her brother Nemo, she learns some of basic Korean first before visiting him in Seoul. When she visits him in Seoul, Nemo teaches Nina about Korean language and culture by taking her shopping, visiting a famous place, and eating at a restaurant. Grade Range:
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K-2
NM
90
Non-Heritage
2017
One World Now!
"The Red Bean Porridge Granny and the Tiger"
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In this curriculum, students will be introduced to Korea’s folktale, “The Red Bean Porridge Granny and the Tiger.” Through the story, students will explore a small mountain village in Korea and see the life of the Granny. By the end of the curriculum, students will be able to compare the life style of the Granny with their own. They will also be able to introduce themselves and others and talk about the members of their family. Grade Range:
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K-2
NM-NH
90
Heritage
2017
One World Now!

Language(s): 

  • Korean