STARTALK: Korean Culture and Language Immersion

Learn Korean through Gaming and Storytelling

Eligible for students that are accepted and have committed to the STARTALK program

This course is being offered in partnership with the STARTALK program and is offered to students who have a basic knowledge of the Korean language skill. Students will create a game design template, develop their own story-worlds, avatars, and game rules even as they explore the styles and roles of gaming and storytelling in Korean culture. The course aims to understand traditional Korean cultures and to communicate in Korean their heritage background as well as their own identity as a young adult. Students will be able to recognize different genre of literatures and to use that knowledge for creating their own story telling and building a new game in Korean.

Eun-ju Shin

The Literatures, Cultures, and Languages Department at the University of Connecticut has received a STARTALK grant - Chinese and Korean Culture and Language Immersion through Gaming and Storytelling. STARTALK is a federally funded program whose mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages. This UConn Pre-College Summer course is the second module of the larger STARTALK program. Interested students are required to submit an application through UConn's Literatures, Cultures, and Languages Department by December, 2023. Only after accepting and committing to the STARTALK program, may those eligible students enroll in this course. For questions regarding the the STARTALK program please see contact information here.

Sessions Offered

Two-Week Session: June 23 – July 6


Residential, Non-Credit

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This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Understanding of their heritage identity and new identity
  • Learn about different genres of literature
  • Experience various games such as word game, board game, and computer game, etc. and design a proposal for creating a new game
  • Explore Korean culture such as making food, dancing with K-Pop and sports, etc.
  • Experience Korean cultures through fields trips

Meet the Professor


Eun-Ju Shin has been teaching Korean from Elementary to Advanced level in the College setting and has nine years of teaching experience in a Korean heritage school. Also, she had a Korean teaching certificate and taught for two years in a high school in Korea.

Eun-Ju Shin