SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Intermediate Korean (Postgraduate)

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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 intermediate Korean grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Korean vocabulary
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a wide range of Korean structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand passages in written Korean of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  5. the ability to produce passages in written Korean of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Korean and to engage in spoken discourse of medium complexity on everyday and some specialised topics
  7. the ability to learn Korean autonomously through independent language-based activities (specific learning outcome for PG students)


A total of 22 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week.  A total of 10 hours tutorials will be given over the course. 

Scope and syllabus

The course provides teaching and learning of intermediate level Korean language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Korean. The course covers complex points of word and sentence structure as well as textual relations in Korean writing and discourse. Communicative practice and structural knowledge is established through reading and discussing a variety of Korean texts dealing with different topics and of different length and complexity.

The course provides students with intermediate knowledge of Korean and practice of using Korean in a variety of everyday and more specialised situations, including the understanding and expression of opinions and different points of view. It allows students to interact with Korean speakers in Korea and to use original Korean language sources within the level covered in the course. This provides students with a basis to approach research topics relating to Korean language and the history, society and culture associated with Korea.

A series of special PG lectures with associated seminars structured around the six themes Structure, Texts, Identity, Society, Translation and Transformation (provided for PG students studying different languages) introduces students to general questions of the role of language in language-based scholarship and research and provides them with the critical and methodological skills to relate their language acquisition to the thematic aspects of the studies.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written paper taken in May/June (50%); a language learning portfolio to be submitted on day 1, week 10, term 2 (30%); one 15 minute oral examination (10%); continuous assessment (listening tests, quizes, assignments) (10%).

Suggested reading

The course will be based on:

  • Continuing Korean.  King & Yeon. Tuttle Publishing Co.
  • Korean Education Research Centre. Beautiful Korean 3-2. Seoul: Beautiful Korean School Co., Ltd, 2009.

Also additional materials which will be made available throughout  the course.

Additional Korean References:
  • Pathfinder in Korean III:  Lower Intermediate  workbook . The Institute of Language Education.  Ewha Womans University Press
  • Integrated Korean: Intermediate  Level 1 . Yong-mee Cho. University of Hawai’i  Press
  • Integrated Korean:Intermediate  Level 2 . Yong-mee Cho. University of Hawai’i  Press
  • Integrated Korean: Advanced Intermediate  Level 1 . Ho-min Sohn. University of Hawai’i  Press
  • Korean listening skills.  Jaehee  Cho.  Taragwon
  • The Sounds of Korean: A Pronunciation Guide. Miho Choo. University of Hawai’i Press
  • Korean Grammar for International Learners. Ho Bin Ihm. Yonsei University Press
  • The Korean Language. Iksop Lee, State University of New York Press
  • The Korean language : structure, use and context . Jae Jung Song.  Routledge
  • Korean language in culture and society .  University of Hawaii Press
  • Frontiers of Korean language acquisition . Jae Jung Song. Saffron
  • Korean : an essential grammar . Kim-Renaud.  Routledge
  • Intermediate Korean: a grammar and workbook. Andrew Sangpil Byon. Routledge


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