Hello, I'm planning on applying for the GKS scholarship, and this is my language study plan, where it is required to write about study plans to improve foreign languages(Korean, English, etc) required for taking a degree course BEFORE and AFTER you come to Korea.
I would very much appreciate feedback on this draft.
Language Study Plan:
Coming from a country whose native language is not English, I do not use it that often after I started my undergraduate studies. But nonetheless, since I have learned the language during my whole school period, with the advantage of having English native speaking friends, I have reached the point where I can write, read and speak the language fluently. And to do a proper test to see my English language proficiency, I took the TOEFL iBT test recently and based on the score I find that I still need more learning to do regarding the language.
Regarding the Korean language, I have great interest with learning it, since personally I believe that you can see the culture through the language itself. The process by which I will improve myself in the languages is as follows:
1) Before coming to Korea:
- Read books and web articles in English to improve reading skills and expand my vocabulary.
- Listen to online talks, radio shows, news and TV shows to improve my listening skills.
- Learn the Korean alphabets known as "Hangul," to have the proper base to read, and write.
- Learn the right pronunciation of the language to be able to speak correctly.
- Learn basic greetings and phrases to be able to get by myself without being dependent on the English language completely.
- Start learning the basic grammar as well to understand the rules of the language.
- Create daily tasks to track my progress throughout the process.
2) After coming to Korea:
- Communicate with the other international students with English and Korean Language to help each other with what we lack in both languages.
- Set a goal to achieve a minimum level of TOPIK 5, by the end of the one year language school.
- Continue with creating daily tasks adding to the ones given from the classes.
- Participate in clubs or volunteer work, which will allow me to enhance my speaking and listening skills from native and international students.
- Practice reading academic articles in Korean to help me prepare for when I start my graduate studies.
- Expand my vocabulary in Korean academic terms.
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The language study plan is only one part of a 3 part response. So this reference should not take more than 2 paragraphs, no more than 10 sentences per paragraph. The first paragraph, will explain how you plan to continue to learn how to properly speak and write in English before and after you arrive in Korea. Since you already took the TOEFL test and know that you have English inefficiencies, you should lay our a short form of how you will improve that skill. Do not use an outline. The response requires a paragraph format in concise form. The same goes for the learning of Hangeul. Remember that you are required to combine your response to all the prompt in this section, I believe there are 3 prompts you have to fit onto a single page, so keep your responses short but clear. If you make it to the interview round, you can explain your plans personally in an expanded verbal form. Allot response space accordingly on the page. Use the actual form to type your response into so that you have a better idea regarding if you are going over the space allotment.