Korean Beginners (Accelerated)
Aimed at those who have no previous knowledge of Korean and who wish to learn Korean rapidly
Duration: This is an accelerated one-year course comprising three terms of ten weeks, two evenings per week
Mode of Attendance: Part Time
This course is designed for complete beginners who want to progress swiftly with their study of Korean. The course contains 4 contact hours per week (two sessions twice a week), giving a total of 40 hours per term. It is expected that students will devote around 6 hours of self-study per week during term-time.
Over three terms, the course provides a thorough introduction to contemporary Korean, including the Korean writing system (Hangul) and how to read and write Korean. It covers basic grammar and essential vocabulary and the ability to communicate with confidence within a limited range of situations.
The course is taught in English and Korean and includes coverage of the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. There is a balance between study of materials and communicative activities, structure practice and grammar exercises. Students completing this course are able to progress to Intermediate level Korean – Upper Intermediate Term 1 of regular course or Lower intermediate term 1 of Accelerated course. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow close involvement.
Complete beginners do not require an assessment. If you are not a total beginner, see our page on course assessments.
Fee for this course
The fee for each ten-week term is £590, payable in advance.
Terms and Conditions
See our terms and conditions of payment before enrolling on the course.
How to Apply for this Course
Classes may fill up quickly. In some cases, additional classes are set up. It is best to apply early in order to avoid disappointment. You can apply and pay online or by post.
Course materials are not included in the course fee and can be purchased from the SOAS bookshop firstname.lastname@example.org
You are advised not to purchase course materials until your course has been confirmed. Registered students will be informed as soon as the course is confirmed, no later than five days before the scheduled start.
Classes will be held at the Bloomsbury or Kings Cross Campus of SOAS in central London on two evenings per week. Participants receive 40 hours of language tuition over a ten-week period (with additional weeks where public holidays displace a class session).
Language Centre How To Apply
You can enrol:
- online via our online store
- in person by filling out a form in the Language Centre
- by post by sending an Application Form (pdf; 39kb) to our office address
- Please read our Terms and Conditions before applying for a course
- We cannot accept cash payments under any circumstances
Not a complete beginner?
If you are not a complete beginner, you will need to complete an assessment for course placement, allowing us to decide which course is right for you.
To apply for an assessment please complete our Needs Analysis Form (pdf; 187kb) and send to the relevant email inbox where a Course Officer will contact you for scheduling.
Course Fees and Discounted Rates
An overview of our Short Course Fees and Discounted Rates.
If you are eligible for a discount, you will not be able to complete your transaction on the Online Store. You will need to bring a paper Application Form (pdf; 39kb) , including your Staff/Student card for us to make a copy of, after which we can process your application at the discounted rate.
If you are a returning student, you will have received a letter informing you of the procedures for rejoining prior to the start of the registration period. You can pay using any method indicated above. Returning students, if they are continuing onto the course indicated as the progression course, do not need to be assessed.