eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Dongmin Kim

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KOR201, Fall 2013
KOR101, Spring 2013
KOR101, Fall 2012
KOR402, Summer I 2012
KOR308, Spring 2012
KOR308, Spring 2011

Dongmin Kim: KOR201, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: KOR 201 - Intermediate Korean Crn (Section): 74282 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.54 13 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 6 (46%) 7 (54%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The professor has a friendly attitude and does not criticize the students for their mistakes. Even though we're encouraged to use and speak Korean in class, which can be a bit difficult, he always tries to help out to the fullest.
-Frequent Vocab Quizes! -Many "performances"! -Dictation -Workbook HW -Going over previous lessons before new grammar lesson for the day!
I believe social interaction portion of the course was very valuable. Professor Kim would always incorporate everyone in participating in class interaction. This allows us to understand the material better and allows us to practice the Korean grammar and language that is taught each day.When we are stuck, he gives us a chance to think of the structure of the sentences and when we really don't understand he provides ideas which leads us to finding our own answers.
He is an excellent professor and he explains all the material well. He is also very kind.
Everything - from practicing orally in class to homework assignments.
The exercises for each lesson helped in learning the new concepts. The little insights into the linguistic nature of some concepts and vocabulary were quite interesting and allowed me to engage with the material more intimately.
How he explained things very specifically such as why words went together and how Korean has similar things but different predicates are used for different things.
Giving tips on how to memorize vocab by saying the root of the word and how one part of the word means this. pronouncing the right way to say a word. not letting us look at the conversation dialog helped my listening.
Learning the proper way to communicate, write and read in Korean.
Going over the lesson points and even the vocabulary in fine detail. Helps us remember and integrate it into other things.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
None. Fairly satisfied with the course.
-activity sheets that were given even though there weren't anytime left in class. It was assigned for "homework", but never collected for grading which encourage students to not do it.
I think every portion of the course was important, I don't think there was anything that were least valuable.
n/a
None, everything was valuable.
N/A
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
18. Other comments:
The instructor really made the class enjoyable. Very nice and funny guy! Seemed very knowledgeable as he explained or gave tips on remembering certain vocabulary words. I can see a purpose in everything we did in that class. Wish the instructor could work more on individual's pronunciation, but otherwise, the class was very helpful. Personally, I feel that my Korean greatly improved this semester. I would recommend this class and this professor to anyone! The course overall made me want to continue Korean even after the required 4 semesters and a degree in Korean or Korean for Professionals!
I really enjoyed taking this course. The professor was excellent in teaching the material.

Dongmin Kim: KOR101, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: KOR 101 - Elementary Korean Crn (Section): 83674 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.29 14 1.14 Freq(%) 4 (29%) 5 (36%) 2 (14%) 3 (21%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.43 14 0.51 Freq(%) 8 (57%) 6 (43%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 10 (71%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 9 (64%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 9 (64%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 14 1.12 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 0 (0%) 9 (64%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
He took time to go over every aspect of each lesson throughly especially with topic particles.
The turtles. And junk.
The grammar and vocabulary lessons were the most helpful.
The audio and visual aspects made it fun and easy to learn.
everything! I can't speak the language fluently, but I am able to learn new words and basic grammar rules.
Drills and practice, student-student interaction, and PPT was very effective. Dongmin Kim was energetic and fun and always encouraged our participation. I liked how Dongmin Kim spoke Korean faster than teachers normally do to beginners. I think this develops good listening skills early on. His explanations of grammar and articulating Korean phonetics were really good and clear.
everything
He was able to explain the history behind words and the linguistics behind the sentences.
vocanulary quiz
Dongmin was a fun teacher, who made Korean class interesting with his jokes. The study guides for the test were helpful and easy to understand. I liked that key concepts were in different colors to emphasize their importance.
aspects of the course that were most valuable were learning how to read and write in korean
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The stuff that weren't turtles. And junk.
Unsure...
The least valuable aspect was the lecture parts. It was too fast and we didn't get to cover most of what we were suppose to.
None.
The text book is not so great. I think it is using too much linguistic terminology which just serves to confuse students. I wasn't impressed with the design of the workbook either. The mid-term oral was just pure regurgitation of a memorized script. A more dynamic teacher-student interview might have been more effective.
nothing
I don't like the WorkBook.
movie?
I was sometimes confused by what was due or when things were due, because our schedule changed as we fell behind. It was also confusing when the study material/information changed from test to test. For example on the first test we were specifically given words and phrases that would be covered on the test, but the next test this information was not given. This made me less prepared for tests thereafter.
none
Lack of interaction during lectures
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 14 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 6 (43%) 5 (36%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 14 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 6 (43%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 14 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 6 (43%) 6 (43%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 7 (50%) 6 (43%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 7 (50%) 6 (43%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.57 14 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 2 (14%) 10 (71%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (36%) 8 (57%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 9 (64%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.5 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (36%) 8 (57%)
18. Other comments:
Dogmin is the best teacher I have ever had. He cares about his students and goes above and beyond to make sure we all understand the material.
I like turtles.
Overall, I think the class was not easy. There was too much to learn and memorize for a 101 class.
I think that you are trying to fit in too much for one semester. We weren't given enough time to internalize much of the language as we progressed very quickly (hence the lower than expected test scores). The Tuesday lectures were highly ineffective in my opinion. During these lectures we were often let out very early with the assumption that we had "learned" the grammar and vocabulary without actually practicing any of it. A lot of valuable class time was wasted in this way. Student talk time was almost non-existent on lecture days. It might (is?) unrealistic to expect students to remember the meanings of and how to write 40+ (Chapter 8 and another chapter) vocab words overnight for a quiz the next day. I would like to say though, that I have learned a lot! I can say enough to impress Korean customers and friends which makes me happy. I will continue my studies of Korean on my own. Thank you.
too many schedule changes. at least post online instead of saying in class.
Dongmin Kim was my favorite instructor of the Spring 2013 term.
Should introduce to the class more culture and relate to what they are interested in, such as music, dramas, etc.

Dongmin Kim: KOR101, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: KOR 101 - Elementary Korean Crn (Section): 71902 (001)     74641 (003)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
1.94 18 1.35 Freq(%) 9 (50%) 6 (35%) 5 (29%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.67 18 0.49 Freq(%) 6 (33%) 5 (29%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 17 1.01 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (24%) 10 (56%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 17 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 3 (18%) 7 (39%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 17 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 5 (28%) 9 (53%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I liked how we had to use the knowledge we learned from the course to create a video skit.
I think the dictation and weekly vocab quizzes were very helpful. It helped to retain information and forced me to study more.
All were important.
His power points and daily grammar drills. His presentations were very helpful in understanding the material.
I like how he related the things we were learning to celebrities we would know for sentence structures. He found many ways to create activities that would be fun and beneficial to his students. Also he kept the students well prepared for tests and quizes.
I liked how we had lecture and then all the other classes. I think the powerpoint were really good.
The learning of the writing system
Korean games that showed an part of their culture. The friendliness / no tensions. Easiness air around him.
Communicating in Korean
The lectures on every Tuesday. I could learn new expresstions and the PPT were so clear and easy to understand. The vocab quiz and dictation quiz also hepled me improve my Korean skill.
Learning how to read and write in Korean along with proper pronunciation. Learning vocabulary words and how to put them together into useful phrases that will allow us to communicate on a basic level with someone indigenous to Korea.
the aspects that he used for the class was the powerpoints. THey were the most valuable. I liked how he has examples for the class. He used pictures on power points.
the in-class exercises and oral examinations/ drill sessions.
I think the class as a whole was very good, it was just incredibly hard
The course was valuable for learning extremely basic Korean in the first couple of weeks.
We could apply everything that was learned to real life situations. I especially liked how ì? ì??ë?? talked about additional terms, phrases, and situations that we could use.
Group readings
Dongmin is a very good teacher. Although it is very difficult for me, and that learning Korean has proven to be a challenge, he is patient and takes the time to help me. The course is effective mainly because he's such a great teacher.
I like how we learn the lesson on one day and the spend the rest of the week reviewing over it so we have a better understanding of the lesson. The overall atmosphere of the classroom is very friendly and I love it.
Conversational lessons and Tuesday lectures. Mr. Kim has a great personality and made the students laugh often.
Learning how to write in Korean was perhaps the most valuable and easy thing that I learned in Kor. 101. It was also nice to learn some colloquial Korean.
The speaking/listening practice
I thought everything that I gained from this class was valuable.
The patients to teach.
I think the aspect of the course that was most valuable was learning about the grammar points that are used in speaking and writing Korean. This is a very important aspect because it is the basic structure that is needed to speak and write Korean.
Professor provided lot of practice and drills in class. Very valuable for learning and remember vocabulary and grammar patterns. Corrections were made when students uses the wrong grammar structures or vocabulary which helps the students to learn from their mistakes. Vocabulary that the professor uses are often based on the text which makes it easier to learn because students are not given a lot of vocabulary to work with. Text is also structured in a way that it is easy to follow.
The Tuesday lectures.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Nothing.
I think every aspect of the course was valuable; all the dictations, the tests, and projects. They all helped.
None. All aspects were needed.
There was one powerpoint assignment we had to do that I thought we would go over, but we only went over it one day and it didn't get returned to the students to revise and learn the mistakes.
I didn't really like the workbook. I feel that it wasn't used to its full potential.
none
Repeating what we learned in the lecture the next day. We hardly had questions on it and thus it got boring.
Doing an oral skit with classmates.
In every lessons, we have to memorize all the conversations in the pages. I think it is good way to memotize grammers. However, if we missed the people's name or something that is not important in the sentence(have nothing to do with Korean), we also heve to do that again. I think it was really waste of time because we have only 50min a day.
None
I don't have anything that was not valuable.
none.
None.
Basically all the weeks after the first couple because the class was to fast paced for me and I didn't manage to learn much.
Nah, ì? ì??ë?? was awesome.
Group project
It's just hard for me to pick up. Nothing is of any less value, it's just that my language skills need some serious help.
Don't think the conversation project is very useful. It is just like the conversation oral exams but with more work, I just don't see the use of it. Besides that, the course is great.
Slides of lectures were not posted online. The slides had really good info and would have really helped if they were posted on Laulima. The professor's lack of the English language was also a little confusing. Had Mr. Kim's English been better, he would have connected to his students that much more.
I can't say that I am 100% comfortable with speaking basic Korean. We didn't learn how to say some basic things, such as "Where is the restroom?"
None
I don't think that there were any aspects of the course that were least valuable. Everything that was done throughout the semester helped me to learn all the basics of the Korean language.
Despite the fact that their were drills, it would be nice that the lecture power points were uploaded for students. Sometimes professor rushes through the drills making it difficult to sometimes comprehend or fully understand certain grammar points. Also, sometimes professor forgets to give more examples or provide more drills for some grammar points which makes it difficult to non-native speakers of Korean to learn. It would be helpful it professor provided more drills then the required workbook and practices done in class.
Group project, dictation, homework at times seemed unhelpful.
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 17 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 1 (6%) 5 (29%) 6 (33%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 17 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 8 (44%) 8 (44%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 18 1.2 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 4 (22%) 10 (56%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 18 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (28%) 10 (56%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 18 1.17 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 2 (11%) 6 (33%) 12 (71%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.65 17 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 2 (11%) 6 (35%) 8 (44%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 5 (28%) 10 (59%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 18 1.1 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (44%) 14 (82%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.56 17 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 5 (29%) 8 (44%)
18. Other comments:
Very good professor! Made learning korean fun. His personality and humor makes class time very enjoyable and fun.
Good job!
He is a very good professor. His English is excellent! Additionally he has great humor. I would highly recommend this professor for everyone.
Very Good teacher! enthusiastic about the lessons and is very personable.
Maybe next time you guys could put the power points up on Laulima. Also, even though the class is less conversational, I would have like to talk more even thought it's hard. More oral practice that isn't scripted would have helped me memorize sentence structure, particles, and vocal.
Wish to have more culture submersion like trivia notes or participating in hanbok wear if possible.
Overall a good teacher, good class, and he's pretty laid back. I'd recommend Professor Kim.
Sometimes teacher uses some Korean expressions we haven't learned before. I think it a kind of good chace for us to know what it means even we haven't learned but because the teacher couldn't explain that in English, he just said "ok,never mind...". But I really wanted to know what the Korean he said meaned.
Sometimes it feels rushed when we have vocab quiz's the day after the vocab is introduced, especially when there's more than one set. I think there should have been a little more practice with putting words into sentences. It's a fun class overall.
He is a great teacher, very fun, and I really enjoyed learning Korean.
ì? ì??ë?? is the best!
I hope I pass, and I'm going to need a whole lot of studying in order to pass this upcoming exam... but if you're going to get an instructor, Dongmin is great. He actually takes the time off to help the students, and can relate on how difficult it is to learn a language that is completely different than your own.
This was a good class, but I struggled in it. Having learned European languages beforehand, it took twice as much time and effort for me to do halfway decent in Kor. 101. I don't plan to take Kor. 102, but those who have a passion and interest in Korean should definitely take this course.
It was a fun and interesting class, but I was one of the students who had a much harder time understanding the material. I got lost at some points in the class and I sometimes was overwhelmed by how fast everyone else was catching on and I wasnt. The lesson test are the ones that hurt me the most. I could do the vocabulary quiz, homework and dictations, mid term oral and the video but when it came to writing, I had a hard time on paper. Other than that I enjoyed the class.
I am very glad to have a fun professor/sonsaengnim this semester. I have learned a lot about the Korean language, and taking this class has inspired and motivated me to continue with studying the Korean language in hopes that one day I may be able to speak fluently and travel to Korea. I had a lot of fun this semester, and although I will not be in Korean next semester (due to conflicts in schedule), I will definitely continue on with taking Korean in the future, with the hopes that sonsaengnim may be my professor again. :)
For the lectures, it would be helpful it the professors can upload those power points for students. Due to time constraint, professor rushes through the power points which makes it difficult for students to jot down an important aspects of any certain grammar points.

Dongmin Kim: KOR402, Summer I 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: KOR 402 - Fourth-Level Korean Crn (Section): 4196 (341)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
4.71 7 1.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 3 (43%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.25 8 0.46 Freq(%) 6 (75%) 2 (25%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 4 (50%) 3 (38%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 5 (63%) 2 (25%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Grammar and vocabulary. The teacher's knowledge and input to correct our ideas and questions were great.
His knowledge in Hanja. We also reviewed grammar, learned new grammar patterns and vocabulary.
I loved lecture; the instructor covered a lot of high level vocabs; I loved it.
In depth knowledge of Korean was a huge asset.
Vocab and grammar lessons.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Nothing.
Organization needs improvement.
N/A.
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (75%) 2 (25%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.88 8 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 6 (75%) 1 (13%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 4 (50%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 4 (50%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 3 (38%) 3 (38%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.25 8 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 4 (50%) 3 (38%)
18. Other comments:
I think a pretest at the very beginning of class to gauge where each student is at their ability level would help the teacher assess his teaching plan and tailor it as needed.
The instructor was very knowledgeable and communicated well, but he didn't provide us with a syllabus, or clearly define our homework assignments or his grading methods.

Dongmin Kim: KOR308, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: KOR 308 - Readings Chinese Characters II Crn (Section): 85355 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
4. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Reading texts that included the chinese characters allowed to students to practice their pronunciation and reading comprehension skills. The instructor's inclusion of commonly used hanja words also proved to be informative and practical.
I felt the individual explanations of each Chinese character were the most useful in remembering how to read the characters, even if the did not always help me to write them. I still remember the explanations for characters from last semester.
Just the content.
Workbook practice.
The way the instructor described the characters as pictographs was very helpful.
I would say learning the individual characters were most valuable because they build the foundation for hanja and it is more solid learning them first before learning words in hanja.
The book, lectures, and quizzes
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
None
Nothing
No bad points.
N/A
I think going up and writing the characters on the white board was not helpful because writing the characters that we just learned was difficult to remember.
Reviews were too long. Explanations of each hanja were too long and often repetitive. It would be nice if it was shorter and to the point, so we can move faster in our lectures.
nothing :)
7. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
8. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
9. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
10. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
11. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
13. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
16. Other comments:
I hope that ê¹?ë??민 ì? ì??ë?? will continue to teach this series because I feel that he explains everything the best.
Great course great teacher.
Learned a lot from this course and it helped when it came to learning new vocabulary. My vocabulary has increased a LOT because of this course!
I wish we had homework so that it could have helped us raise our grades.
I enjoyed this course for the past year now... He is a fun and understanding Professor, everyone should have him as a professor one time at least !

Dongmin Kim: KOR308, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: KOR 308 - Readings Chinese Characters II Crn (Section): 85849 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 7 1.15 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%) 2 (29%) 3 (43%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.0 7 1.29 Freq(%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%) 3 (43%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%)
4. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.0 7 1.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (57%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 1 (14%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
class lectures, if i were to pick the MOST.
Going over how to write the character.
Textbook and worksheets were useful.
simply going through the chapters and seeing the way a new character could connect with other characters.
lecture
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
5-min required presentation. useless
"homework" when he didn't even check to see if anyone did it, so I don't think anyone ended up doing it. The presentation did not really seem to fit with what the course is about, which is Chinese characters in Korean. Watching documentaries.
the presentation seemed to be a complete waste of time.. although i understand why we sometimes looked at news headlines, it seemed to be pretty unorganized and the professor would end up just talking for about 10-15 minutes about randomness while almost every student was completely lost.. if the professor was able to accurately guage the proficiency level of the class he would realize that its a very wide spectrum from native korean speakers to a couple students who hardly understand any korean. (not to mention that most students were studying chinese characters for the first time). that being said, we shouldve focused more on the main goal of the course which was to learn the chinese characters in the book. if we wouldve simply practiced writing and reviewing the characters from the book, i feel like the class as a whole wouldve had a lot more interest in what was going on and wouldnt have constantly felt a sense of "ummmmmmm...what are we even talking about right now??"
Presentation
7. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 7 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 3 (43%) 2 (29%)
8. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 2 (29%) 4 (57%)
9. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.57 7 1.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 1 (14%) 2 (29%) 2 (29%)
10. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 7 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 4 (57%) 2 (29%)
11. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.86 7 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%) 3 (43%) 2 (29%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
3.57 7 0.98 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 2 (29%) 3 (43%) 1 (14%)
13. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.43 7 1.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 2 (29%) 1 (14%) 2 (29%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
3.43 7 1.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 2 (29%) 1 (14%) 2 (29%)
16. Other comments:
language proficiency of instructor was not met. he could not explain lots of parts in english. what if the student does not understand Korean well? then they are already behind those students who are. wasnt fair.
The problem with the course is that the pre req is only Korean 202 and the teachers for 202 don't even speak that much Korean when they are teaching so when students take 307 and 308 they are totally caught off guard because it is only taught in Korean with minimal English. Plus if people didn't take 307, there is quite a bit that they need to learn in order to be able to read some of the material in the book. Plus doing a presentation seemed irrelevant. We did not even introduce ourselves to our classmates in the beginning.
I enjoyed taking 307 last semester but the inherit problem with opening up 308 to anyone is that some people will have a pre-existing knowledge of chinese characters and some students wont. this is a problem with the way the department is set up and not with the instructor. that being said, the instructor needs to realize that some students arent going to know basic chinese characters because they didnt take 307 (which ISNT a pre-req). therefore, you cant include chinese characters on a quiz that were studied in the previous semester. its a fresh start and no one should be EXPECTED to know something that wasnt covered during the current semester. it was extremely frustrating to constantly see characters and things popup on quizes that we never went over in class. after taking a couple of quizes the problem seemed to work itself out (to a certain extent). another problem was that we were never once told our grades all semester. we would receive quizes back from time to time but never got an update on our progression or where we stood (grade wise). students need to have an idea of where there at without having to ask the instructor on the final day of class only to be told that he still didnt have the grades tallied up. it seemed like our professor had the best intentions in mind when teaching kor308 but he walked into a very difficult situation due to half of the class having prior exposure to chinese characters and half of the class being new. to sum things up, professor kim did the best job that i think he could. the department really should have let our previous 307 instructor finish teaching 308 the way he left off, and have prof kim start the following semester with 307..the transition of instructors was a terrible decision and we definitely paid the price for it.