Sorry for the long wait! ^^
This textbook means alot to me since it’s the books that I’ve used in the Yonsei classes in Korea. There are 6 levels altogether and each level is split into 2 books (+2CDs). For the lower levels (1-3 i believe), the book comes in different versions: Chinese, Japanese, English etc. However, for the higher levels, only the Korean versions are available (I believe).
I used Level 6 for my classes and hence, I’ll review it ^^ I don’t have the rest of the levels, although I’m tempted to get level 5 also. My teachers told us that level 5 introduces alot of technical vocabulary, which is good for those who want to expand their vocabularies!
Go under the cut for the full review!
p.s. for those who don’t want to read my lengthy rant, there’s a succinct summary right at the end!
Each chapter revolves around a specific topic, eg. Environment, Globalisation. Chapters begin with a dialogue, followed by exercises that introduces vocabulary/expressions related to that topic.
This is followed by new grammar points, whose detailed illustrations are found at the back of each chapter. The exercises aim to help you get familiar with the usage of the constructions. Related readings are further exercises are also included at the back.
The only gripe I have is that solutions to exercises are not provided! Well, I supposed we can’t blame the book since it wasn’t designed for self-learners. They are meant to be used in the Yonsei classroom! I found content was made much more accessible and I enjoyed learning in the Yonsei classes. It can get a little overwhelming and detailed for self-learners. ^^
I used to think that with effort, self studying is also as effective. But the Yonsei classes changed my thinking. Having good teachers who will offer you extra details and more sample sentences can help alot. I can feel the difference: using the book in classes VS self studying now.
And I love how the classes are conducted entirely in Korean! 😀
- introduces new vocabulary with context, such that everything falls into place neatly
- clear explanation of grammar points
- topics chosen are interesting, although specialised and technical
- dialogue is clever and loads of useful expressions in there
- highly detailed, transcriptions of extra listening exercises available at the back of book 2
To be improved/weak points!
- answers to exercises are not provided.
All in all, the Yonsei books are worth your purchase! Especially if you are serious about picking up the more academic and technical vocabulary! 😀
Working through the reading~!
If you have any specific questions on the book, feel free to leave a comment! If you have used the Yonsei books before, let me know what you think of them!
I’ll leave you with sneak pic of the possible upcoming reviews! 😀