Korean Learning Students' Short Film Festival
The Korean studies program at George Mason University initiated the Korean Learning Students’ Short Film Festival in 2010 and has hosted the event at the end of each semester. All Korean learning students gather on this day to appreciate the best film nominated from each Korean language class. Students who are enrolled in Korean language classes at Mason are required to create a short film as their final media project each semester. Such media projects have been introduced to reinforce students’ integrative learning and to engage them in a project-based learning beyond classrooms. Students also learn to collaborate as a team effectively as they work on the project throughout the semester. The required film genre varies depending on class: 1) KORE 110 creates a drama, 2) KORE 201 creates a commercial or cooking show, 3) KORE 202 creates a news story or public service announcement, and 4) KORE 301 a documentary. The most outstanding films get awarded and are nominated for the university-wide event prepared by the MCL department known as the Polyglot Performances.
Friday Korean Movie Night
Since the fall of 2018, we started The Korean Movie Night Series at George Mason University on the last Friday of each month to offer a unique platform for Korean major and minor students as well as all other Mason students to explore Korean films and take part in informal discussions about the selected films. The Korean Movie Night Series also contributes to enhancing student’s cultural awareness and diversity. The themes covered in the past range from ‘Representation of Modern Korean History’ (2018) to ‘Family, Class, and Gender’ (2019). The “Korean Movie Night” series in the fall of 2021 will illuminate the canonical works of recent renaissance.
Korean Language Table
The Korean language table was initiated in the fall of 2017 to enhance students’ interpersonal communication as well as intercultural communication. The table has been led by native-speaking students, TAs, and faculty. Since the foreign language classes at Mason do not offer lab or recitation sessions to practice the target language outside of classrooms, Korean learning students found the Korean language table extremely useful to improve and gain their confidence in oral proficiency. The Korean-only policy is strictly enforced at the language table, where students are introduced to interactive and engaging tasks and games using authentic materials relating to diverse cultural themes. All Korean degree students are strongly encouraged to attend the weekly Korean language table each semester.
Language Exchange Program
The Korean studies program at George Mason University is the only foreign language program in the U.S. with a campus in Korea. Interestingly enough, we have almost 100 students studying abroad in Korea each year, in addition to another 100 or more students coming from Mason Korea to our main campus to spend their final year to graduate. Since our Korean learning students want Korean language partners, while Mason Korea students want English language partners, we initiated the language exchange program in the spring of 2017. The one-on-one language exchange program has been very successful and is continuing to expand each year.
Fall 2019 Small group gathering at Soricha Tea & Theater