Starting as early as October 7, 2013, FREE Korean tutoring services will be offered at Asian Media Access’ PHUN after-school program, funded by the MN Dept of Education, 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. Led by the experienced Korean tutor, Maloney Yang, the class will meet on Mondays from 4pm to 6pm and on Saturdays from 2pm to 4pm. Everyone with an interest in learning Korean is invited to join.
Building off of current student knowledge, the Korean tutoring services aim to make the language learning experience fun and cooperative. “All of the students that came to the first session were amazing and very bright. The lesson I planned went from being two hours down to thirty minutes because they were so knowledgeable.” says Maloney. “Even with the remaining hour and half, the students were able to ask questions without any hesitation or reservations.”
Maloney says, “Korean is a hard language to pick up but an easy language to learn once you get the hang of it.” At a glance, the language itself is very different compared to the English language because of the sentence structure. However students are happy to say that they are motivated to learn Korean because of K-pop, Korean dramas, and Korean variety shows. With so many sources of motivation, Maloney is confident that students will be able to pick up and use the language in no time.
Though there are mixed feelings about the impact of K-pop influence within the Hmong community, Maloney comments that K-pop is just another way of expression. Not only that but it can lead one to become motivated to learn something new which opens up a lot of doors to different opportunities and possibilities.
K-pop itself is not only popular within the Hmong community but also in many different countries that do not speak Korean. Take America’s obsession with PSY’s “Gangnam Style” that came out in August 2012. Although Americans may find K-pop to be new, different, and slightly weird because of the language and culture barrier it did not stop them from inviting PSY to perform his hit song all over America. It may have taken longer for the American audience to pick up on K-pop, but it is never too late.
Come try it out yourself and see how it goes! You never know, you might just be traveling half way across the world to Korea once you get the chance. Sign-up at [email protected], and the class is held at AMA’s Multimedia Arts Complex at 2418 Plymouth Ave. N,, Mpls., MN 55411. FMI: 612-376-7715 or www.amamedia.org.
Led by Asian Media Access (AMA), the “PHUN” (Positively Healthy U Network) Initiative serves the needs of at-risk youth, with a special focus on Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) students at the poorest neighborhoods in North Minneapolis, MN. This project is funded through MN Dept of Education, 21st Century Community Learning Center grant.
P.H.U.N. has been offering after-school activities that cover six areas that support the youth comprehensive development. These six essential elements are: 1) Academic Support/Academic Enrichment: through our “A+ Club”, AMA provides Korean/Writing/Reading tutoring in a fun and interactive way to inspire students’ interests; 2) Arts and Culture: through our “Access to Arts” program, we collaborate with Hennepin Theater Trust to provide free tickets for low-income students to high quality performing arts programs; 3) Health, Fitness and Nutrition: through our collaboration with “Iny Asian Dance Theater,” we provide Acrobatics, Asian Dance and Martial Arts Training to low income Asian students; 4) Life Skills: through our “StandUpPartipate” program, we provide “Financial 101”, Substance Abuse Prevention Training, along with community service learning opportunities; 5) Youth Leadership: through our “Youth Media Force” Program, we provide multimedia production training and leadership development workshops, to support young Asian Americans to voice out their concerns through media, along with summer employment opportunities; and lastly 6) Readiness for the Future: through our “Adventure Ahead” program, which is designed to support middle school students transitioning into high schools, high schoolers transitioning to colleges, along with work-readiness workshops.
Maloney Yang is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota. Studying in the College of Liberal Arts she majored in English and minored in ALL (Asian Languages and Literature) with an emphasis on the Korean language and also in SLS (Second Language Studies). She has worked with a variety of students ranging from early preschool students all the way to college students.
At age 16, Maloney first learned Korean from the University of Minnesota through the PSEO (Post Secondary Enrollment Option) program offered at her high school. She continued to learn/speak Korean after the graduation. In the near future, she hopes to be able to teach abroad in Korea and in other countries.