Course Description

This course is aimed at absolute beginners and no previous knowledge of the language is required. Students will firstly learn to read and write the Korean alphabet, Hangeul. Through a variety of classroom activities such as role-play and conversation practice, the course will focus primarily on speaking and listening skills but will also give students practice in reading and writing. The course will provide students with a good understanding of basic grammar and introduce them to Korean culture. At the end of this 12 week-module, students will be able to carry out very simple everyday tasks in the language. Students will be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. They will be able to introduce themselves and others and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have. They will be able to interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. They will have a basic understanding of relevant aspects of life and culture of the country and intercultural skills necessary for their language proficiency level.


Functional Content:

  •  How to read and write Korean alphabet, Hanguel
  •  Asking for and giving personal information
  •  Ordering food and requesting other services
  •  Asking and answering about location
  •  Describing current simple actions

Grammatical content:

  •  Basic sentence structure & word order
  •  Subject marker, object marker, and locative marker
  •  Basic question & answer form
  •  Possession marker
  •  Present tense conjugations

Lexical content:

  •  Personal information: name, nationality, profession
  •  Names of objects
  •  Location & destination
  •  Numbers (Native 1-20)
  •  Action Verbs (1) 

Textbook details

 King Sejong Institute Practical Korean 1 (E-Book)

Recommended Reading

 SNU Korean+ 1A Student’s Book  (By Seoul National University Language Institute, ISBN 9788952131171)      

 SNU Korean+ 1A Workbook Book (By Seoul National University Language Institute, ISBN 9788952131195)

Study Hours

If you are taking the curricular mode, the total number of study hours is approximately 150 hours, in line with undergraduate university modules. This includes class meetings, assessment preparation and self-directed study in line with guidance from the course lecturer. If you are studying on the extracurricular mode, the total number of hours may depend on your availability and previous experience studying languages, however, expected learning outcomes will not vary.

Lecturer: Hyojae Park

As a Korean national, I grew up in Seoul and Jeju. I have a recognised teaching qualification, a teaching licence from the Korean government and over 10 years of teaching experience in the Korean language. I am passionate about teaching languages and culture and always strive to help students achieve their learning goals. In my spare time, I love to travel and experience different cultures.

Fees for language courses are £180/£90.

Please note that the ‘last date available to book’ date is only a guide. We reserve the right to close bookings earlier if courses are over- or under-subscribed. In order to avoid disappointment, please be sure enrol as soon as possible. Registrations will not be processed until the following day if received after 3pm.

Visit our fee bands page to see which fee applies to you.

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