Unit: East Asian Languages & Literatures
Program: East Asian Lang & Lit: Korean (MA)
Degree: Master's
Date: Fri Oct 09, 2009 - 10:27:23 pm

1) List your program's student learning outcomes (SLOs).

1. Knowledge Base of Language and Linguistics

(a) Demonstrate familiarity with general topics and concepts fundamental to the field of Korean linguistics, including, historical linguistics, phonology, pedagogy, and syntax, and sociolinguistics.

(b) Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of key issues and theoretical approaches in the area of their specialization

(c) [Flagship] Demonstrate familiarity with domain-specific terminology required for professionals, and its semantic association and collocational characteristics.

(d) [Flagship] Understand ethonolinguistic, sociolinguistic, and pragmatic features of on- and off-line Korean materials.

(e) [Flagship] Demonstrate familiarity with both South Korean and North Korean via extensive reading and listening of authentic materials.

(f) [Flagship] Analyze the characteristics of Korean academic discourse at various levels.

(g) [Flagship] Demonstrate ability to search for appropriate information within a limited timeframe from a plethora of on- and off-line professional and academic texts.

2. Utilization of Research

(a) Review critically the purposes, approaches, designs, and analyses of published research in the field

(b) Conduct research (i.e., systematic and principled investigation) of the field and present the work orally and as a research paper.

3. Professionalism

(a) Write a research abstract and submit it to the (major) conferences in the field

(b) Communicate effectively and productively with a group of peers/colleagues regarding research, teaching or other professional matters.

(c) Design and teach Korean language skill courses

(d) [Flagship] Understand domain-specific lectures or participate in conferences and communicate effectively and productively with colleagues regarding the content of those lectures and conferences.

(e) [Flagship] Prepare a professional portfolio for future careers and search for internships and jobs.  

M.A. in Korean Literature

[In addition to the B.A. SLOs,] recipients of the M.A. in Korean literature should be able to:

1. Read primary Korean literary texts of all major periods with appropriate academic tools.

2. Read annotations in standard literary editions, use standard reference works, and read secondary sources in Korean with authority.

3. Narrate a basic literary history of Korea.

4. Demonstrate an ability to apply major Western and traditional East Asian theoretical and critical approaches to works of Korean literature.

5. Conduct original research in his/her area of specialization.

2) Where are your program's SLOs published?

Department Website URL:
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online:
Other: They will be published on the department website soon.

3) Upload your program's current curriculum map(s) as a PDF.

No map submitted.

4) What percentage of courses have the course SLOs explicitly stated on the course syllabus, department website, or other publicly available document? (Check one)


5) State the SLO(s) that was Assessed, Targeted, or Studied

 All SLOs were targeted.

6) State the Assessment Question(s) and/or Goal(s) of Assessment Activity

No specific questions were asked. However, curriculum committees in each academic program regularly review data such as enrollment figures, results of diagnostic and comprehensive examinations, and student surveys to assess how effectively it meets its objectives. This includes revising curriculum, course requirements, exams, etc.

7) State the Type(s) of Evidence Gathered

1. Thesis/comprehensive exams.  

All MA programs culminate in capstone projects (thesis or comprehensive examination). In addition the graduate programs encourage their students to present their work at national and international conferences.

2. Participation in the College of LLL student exit survey (satisfaction with the program, learning outcomes in terms of publications and conference presentations, plans after graduation, suggestions for program improvement).  In Spring 2009, a total of 9 graduating MA/PhD students in EALL responded to the survey (53% response rate): 2 MA in Chinese, 4 in MA/PhD in Korean, and 1 PhD in Korean.

3. Monitoring postgraduate professional activities and achievements. The department's Graduate Student Services Specialist makes use of limited time and resources to monitor postgraduate professional activities and achievements.  This information is compiled and published each semester in a newsletter which is distributed to faculty, graduate students, and interested community members as well as to peer programs at other institutions, and posted on the department website.Link to the EALL newsletters: http://www.hawaii.edu/eall/nl/index.html

[Flagship] 1. Plan B only: Oral defense and scholarly paperStudents are required to conduct research in their domain (e.g., political science, computer engineering, law, business, etc.) during the overseas program. They choose a topic in their chosen field, and conduct research using materials in Korean. Students are encouraged to make use of information obtained from Korea University (KU) subject-matter courses and an internship they have in Korea. During the fourth semester of the program (the second semester at KU), students make a progress report once a month and receive feedback and comments from KU faculty. At the end of the semester, students make an oral presentation and submit a paper on their research findings. Their videotaped presentation and research paper will be evaluated by UHM Flagship faculty. 

2. Internship log in KoreaSupervisors or mentors in students’ internship sites provide a monthly log which is reviewed by KU and UHM Flagship faculty. 

3. Site visit to the overseas program in KUOnce a year, UHM faculty visits the overseas program in Korea to evaluate the program and students’ progress. 

4. Preliminary conference with studentsIn the beginning of an academic year, faculty members have an individual conference with each student to accommodate students’ needs and suggestions. 

5. Student weekly journalUpon the completion of each unit on Friday, students write a weekly journal to reflect their performance during the week. 

6. Monthly tutor logLanguage tutors submit a monthly log about students’ progress, study content, and suggestions regarding students and the program.  

7. Student performanceWeekly students’ performance data (e.g., individual presentation, discussion, debate, survey, and negotiation) are collected and reviewed by faculty.

8. Professional-level proficiency in Korean Students must demonstrate professional-level proficiency (ILR Level 3, Interagency Language Roundtable scales) in Korean at the end of the program by oral proficiency interviews and other test batteries (Reading, Listening and Writing).

8) State How the Evidence was Interpreted, Evaluated, or Analyzed

Within each individual course, the course instructor interprets evidence of student learning. Within each program, the student's advisor and committee monitor student progress through the program and achievement of its objectives.Also, the graduate faculty in each program rank orders graduate students annually for tuition waiver eligibility based on their overall level of academic achievement. Applicants for graduate assistantships are evaluated in a similar way. 

[Flagship] Internship logs and site visits to Korea are reviewed and analyzed, the results of which lead to innovation of the overseas program.  After interpreting preliminary conferences, weekly journals and tutor logs, important issues are addressed and discussed in teacher meetings so that appropriate actions could be taken, e.g., change the curriculum or format of classes. Students’ performance and results of various tests are reviewed and analyzed by faculty to monitor and keep students on the right track to the goal, i.e., Professional-level proficiency in Korea (ILR level 3).

9) State How Many Pieces of Evidence Were Collected

See #7

10) Summarize the Actual Results

11) Briefly Describe the Distribution and Discussion of Results

The spring 2009 survey data were distributed among EALL graduate faculty members. We discussed the results at a recent EALL graduate faculty meeting.

Other types of data on student learning are normally discussed in individual sections.

12) Describe Conclusions and Discoveries

13) Use of Results/Program Modifications: State How the Program Used the Results --or-- Explain Planned Use of Results

The following program modifications were made based on information gathered about our students' learning experiences and outcomes:

1. We will make the information about our graduate courses more available to our students (e.g., post them on the department website)

2.  In the Korean Linguistics section, we are discussing major changes in the graduation requirements for MA in Korean Linguistics (e.g., course requirements, the elimination of comprehension exams, etc.)

14) Reflect on the Assessment Process

We will develop strategies for improving the response rate of the exit survey.

15) Other Important Information

 In order to better respond to the internal and external needs for assessment, the EALL Assessment Committee has been formed. 

16) FOR DISTANCE PROGRAMS ONLY: Explain how your program/department has adapted its assessment of student learning in the on-campus program to assess student learning in the distance education program.

17) FOR DISTANCE PROGRAMS ONLY: Summarize the actual student learning assessment results that compare the achievement of students in the on-campus program to students in the distance education program.