SOAS University of London

Japan & Korea Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Culture

Intensive Elementary Korean

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Full Year

The module 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 module 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.

The programmatic aim will be for the student to partly reach the Level A2 of CEFR.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, 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 written in Korean on everyday topics
  5. the ability to produce short passages written in Korean on everyday topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Korean and converse on everyday topics


Total taught hours: 160 hours. 4 hours of lecture and 4 hour tutorial per week for 20 weeks.

Independent study: 440 hours

Total hours for module: 600 hours


Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (50%); an oral examination (10%); a language learning portfolio (20%); 2 listening tests (10%); continuous assignments (10%).


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