For those who have missed it, I have reviewed the textbook here and I’m really happy that quite a number of people told me that they will be buying or have actually bought the textbook after reading the review!! OMG I’m so happy, knowing that I’ve contributed (a little) to their sales lol 😛 More importantly, thanks for trusting my opinions! So, if you are wondering whether to get the workbook at the same time, here’s my take on it!
As usual, scroll to the bottom for a summary if you are lazy to read through~!
Workbooks. I seem to have an ambivalent relationship with them. I don’t have a Korean workbook (nope, none at all) during 4.5 years of k-studying, so I kind of got used to not having them. Workbooks can be a boon or bane. Boon because you get some structured exercises and bane because you rely too much on textbooks, their formal structure and sentences and over-reliance on the ‘right answer’. Language is not mathematics, there is no one right answer most of the time.
First thing first, yes, the workbook contains answers.
Whoever who created this workbook must be a very structured person (or team). And their brains are in tune with mine. I totally love the straight to the point, clear cut, well structured layout of the workbook and it’s very much in sync with the textbook, testing on its vocabulary, grammar points etc.
Because of that, this workbook is particularly good for people who have trouble remembering vocabulary, since it provides some sort of extra enforcement and revision. I love the fact the question styles are very simple but relevant. We have fill in the blanks for vocabulary but sometimes you are required to conjugate them.
I love how each grammar point has a few exercises dedicated to it. This book is sooo neat 😀 And in a wide variety of formats. One thing I absolutely hate is exercises which attempt to test your grammar knowledge by giving you one half one the sentence and expect you to complete the next half -.- It’s not even a context, but a very half assed kind of phrase and you are left wondering how to complete it. I’m glad Ewha doesn’t do this, but I found it in one of the Japanese textbook that I’m using that I got so pissed I ignored all the exercises (there are no answers too). Maybe my Japanese sucks. D:
Back to the topic. Besides the grammar and vocabulary questions, the textbook seems determined to be all rounded and includes questions / exercises focusing on each of the 4 major skills. I love how the speaking exercise is not some lame crap that tells you things like ‘Form a team and pretend that you are a student while the other person is a new friend. Ask him how his weekend was’. It’s actually a MCQ question asking you to complete a dialogue. Pretty good. The ‘discussion/debate’ question is also not a open-ended question but framed in a reading comprehension, with questions that tests your understanding of the issue.
See, I love this.
I have a lot of issues with workbooks that focuses a lot on those ‘open-ended question’. First off, they are sooooo self study unfriendly and secondly, let’s face it. I don’t think the teachers will have any time / wish to do such exercises in class. All my teachers skip those crap. So what’s the point of having it.
Overall, I’m very happy with the book. If you are looking for a workbook, this is a good one!
p.s. I’ve ordered the Ewha 6 textbook!!!!! Can’t wait for it to arrive and hopefully it will not disappoint. 😛 Will be doing a comparison textbook review with the Yonsei Level 6!! 😛
- well structured, in sync with textbook
- relevant questions – again, no stupid things like asking me to write an essay or an email. HELLO WHICH SELF LEARNER WOULD DO THAT?!
- easy to work through
- interesting exercises
- well mix of question types (fill in the blanks, MCQs etc)
To be improved
- not many new vocabulary introduced
- too in sync with textbook, no extra challenge (very much in comfort zone)