Basic Korean (Postgraduate)
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- Full Year
This course is available to students on postgraduate degrees where a language option is allowed to be taken. Students on the MA Korean Studies choosing a language option may choose the course Elementary Korean (PG) 15PJKC015 or this course after consultation with the course teacher.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate…
- knowledge and understanding of basic Korean grammar
- knowledge and understanding of essential Korean vocabulary
- knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Korean structures and expressions in a given context
- the ability to understand short passages in written Korean on everyday topics
- the ability to produce short passages in written Korean on everyday topics
- the ability to understand spoken Korean and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics
- knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general, and Korean in particular, in language-based scholarship and research (specific learning outcome for PG students)
This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 4 hours classroom contact per week in language classes. 10 research seminars to be taken within SOAS. Attendance to be proven by signature from chair and to be submitted to the Associate Dean for Masters by the last day of term 2.
Scope and syllabus
The course provides an introduction to Korean language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Korean. Communicative practice is established through learning language around dialogues dealing with a range of everyday situations, including travelling, buying and selling, etc.
The course provides students with a basic knowledge of Korean and practice of using Korean in a variety of everyday situations. It allows students to interact with Korean speakers in Korea and to use original Korean language sources within the level covered in the course.
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 examination taken in May/June (40%); a 3,000 word (or equivalent) translation to be submitted on day 1, term 3 (30%); a 15 minute oral examination (10%); continuous assessment (20%).
The course will be based on
- Elementary Korean. King & Yeon. Tuttle Publishing Co.
Also additional materials which will be made available throughout the course.
Additional Korean References
Integrated Korean: Beginning Level 1 . Yong-mee Cho. University of Hawai’i Press
- Integrated Korean: Beginning Level 2 . Yong-mee Cho. University of Hawai’i Press
- Integrated Korean: Intermediate Level 1 . Yong-mee Cho. University of Hawai’i Press
- Pathfinder in Korean I: Beginning . The Institute of Language Education. Ewha Womans University Press
- Beautiful Korean Series. Korean Education Research Center. Beautiful Korea School Co. Ltd.
- 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.