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Korean Elementary Course

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1 term per sub-level; 10 weeks per term
Attendance mode
Part-time, online/blended learning

Course overview

This course aims to consolidate the basis of Korean grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation covered in the first year Beginners course; coverage of more complex structures and vocabulary; emphasis on spoken communication and listening and reading comprehension. 


The course is taught in English and Korean  and includes coverage of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and a good balance between understanding the systems of Korean grammar and vocabulary, developing the skills of comprehending and producing Korean in speech and writing, guided practice in language usage and use and authentic communicative activities.

This will be achieved through 20 hours of blended learning: this is composed of 15 hours of online structured lessons with the teacher. This is supplemented by a minimum of 5 hours of guided independent learning supported by complementary material. The course objective will be achieved within the 10-week course.


All levels of the Sejong Korean E-Book are available on the Nuri SejongHakdang website.

Course materials are not included in the course fee and can also be purchased from the SOAS bookshop

Entry requirements and progression route

To be able to join Korean Elementary course you should have completed a Korean Beginners at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (approximately 60 hours). The progression route from Korean Elementary 1 is to Korean Elementary 2; from Elementary 2 to Elementary 3. Upon successful completion of Korean Elementary 3 you will be able to progress to a Pre-Intermediate level course in Korean.

Please note, that each term, courses are subject to quorum requirements.

  • For course dates and information, please see our timetables


Korean Elementary 1

In this course you will cover:

  •  introducing your family
  •  talking about travel experience
  •  giving health advice
  •  preparing for a social gathering
  •  talking about your hometown
  •  describing one’s feelings and emotions
  •  talking about the future
  •  process form -ing
  •  describe verbs
  •  possessive marker
  •  honorific form
  •  comparing word
  •  conditional word
  •  verb form – do not (long negative)
  •  verb form – should do…
  •  verb form – try to do…
  •  verb form – to go in order to do…
  •  verb form – would like to do…

Korean Elementary 2

In this course you will cover:

  •  talking about hobbies, what you like doing
  •  expressions of congratulations
  •  things to do (in the house, at work)
  •  planning a holiday
  •  Noun modifier -는(present)
  •  or 이나
  •  turning a sentence into a nominal phrase using –는 것
  •  because –(으)니까
  •  particle ‘to a person’ 에게/께
  •  continuous form -고 있다
  •  during 동안
  •  decide to so sth -기로 하다
  •  dislike/ hard/ easy/ difficult to do + V -기가 싫다/힘들다/쉽다/어렵다 

Korean Elementary 3

In this course you will cover:

  • shopping activities
  • colours, patterns
  • talking about what you do while travelling
  • understanding traffic symbols or road signs
  • preparing for a trip
  • talking about and understanding manners/etiquette
  • things you can/cannot do in public places
  • talking about one’s habits
  • describing object/things
  • must not –(으)면 안 되다
  • it is okay to do –어/아도 되다
  • every 마다
  • before –기 전에
  • it will be –(으)ㄹ 거예요
  • resultant state -아/어 있다

The above is an indication of content that may be covered over the duration of the course but it could vary depending on the level and progress of students in the class.

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See the full list of Language Centre short courses in Korean on the Korean language homepage

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