SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Elementary Korean

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Year 1
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Full Year
This first year course is an intensive introduction to modern Korean language.  At the end of this course, students should have a good basic knowledge of spoken and written Korean language skills including phonetics, morphology, comprehension and translation from and into the language, reading of easy prose texts, elementary conversation.



Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate…

  1. knowledge and understanding of basic Korean grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of essential Korean vocabulary
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Korean structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand short passages in written Korean on everyday topics
  5. the ability to produce short passages in written Korean on everyday topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Korean and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics


Total of 22 weeks teaching with 6 hours classroom contact plus 1 hour tutorial per week.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination (80%) taken in May/June and coursework (20%).

Suggested reading

  • Elementary Korean. King & Yeon. Tuttle Publishing Co. Continuing Korean. King & Yeon. Tuttle Publishing Co.


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