People who read Hangukdrama will know that I swear by the Yonsei Textbooks. Now I might have a new favorite. I receive quite a few requests on textbook reviews, and one of the recurring ones was for the Ewha series. Gillian kindly loaned me her Level 4 books, so I’ll be reviewing the textbook this time and saving the workbook for the next post!
First impressions? Compact. Compared to the larger A4 size, super thick and heavy Yonsei textbook, the less than A4 size Ewha books come across as super light and compact. Definitely much more suitable to carry it around and hopefully that translates to spending more time on the books! Flipping through the book in the middle of the school canteen, I was struck by how comprehensive it seems. Well organized, logical flow, good graphics, good quality. And genuinely interesting. I’m a sucker for good paper and good design. That’s half the battle won.
After sitting down and poring over the book in detail back home, I can now say that I’m a convert. Please go buy the books noooooooow. If you don’t have time to spare, scroll down for a summary. #asusual
The Ehwa book has 6 levels in total. Level 4 is actually pretty decent and I think I’ll have things to learn from it too. It’s definitely muchhhh more challenging and wayyy more interesting than KU Level 4. If you are trying to gauge your level and which book to buy, here’s the grammar points covered in the book. Often, we hesitate to jump to another series because we won’t know which level is suitable for us. Hence this will be the only clear photo in the post. ^^;
Disclaimer: pictures are only used to illustrate the awesomeness of the book and to give you a general idea of what to expect.
A good textbook has a good content page and I’m instantly wowed by how well organized the Ewha books are. The book emphasizes on all 4 skills and is neatly divided into:
준비합시다 – 말해봅시다 – 토의해 봅시다 – 들어봅시다 – 읽어 봅시다 – 써 봅시다 – 관용표현 – 문화
Unlike many other textbooks, it’s interesting that Ewha chooses to start every chapter with the grammar points instead of a dialogue or opening. I love how the explanations and exercises are in one page.
To let you get an idea of how long the passages are in this level, here’s a photo.
I like how they actually have a section for culture at the end of each section and in this chapter, they actually introduced a Korean poem! The visuals in this book are really good and it makes the whole book a lot more engaging.
One of my favorite sections has to be the proverbs. I love how the book introduces them via a game of matching and then providing some simple exercises.
Another section which I loveeeeed was a section introducing you the set phrases needed for discussion. For example in English we have ‘In my opinion…’, ‘From my experiences..’ etc and certain set phrases we tend to use while expressing our opinions etc. And these phrases, although very commonly used, are seldom introduced in textbooks.
And to answer a recurring question, yes there are answers at the back of the book. Not to all the exercises though. Just some. But good enough.
What I love about the book
- absolutely beautiful cover design and visuals – for the whole book
- lightweight and compact
- good quality paper (pet peeve)
- well organized structure
- suitable for both classroom learning and self learners
- challenging and stimulating content
- nice, readable font
- exercises that I’ll actually do – I hate stupid exercises that ask me to write like an email to some random weird person about a random situation. Who would do it? -.-
- good number of example sentences
- dialogues are too short
- more reading practices