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Korean Pre-Intermediate Course

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

Course overview

Course aim

The course aims to consolidate and to improve the skills acquired on the Elementary course or similar courses, and to develop communicative skills in a wide range of contexts enabling the student to effectively interact in informal and formal situations with spoken and written language. This course is delivered by the Language Centre

This course will cover:

  • various situational conversations
  • a wide range of vocabulary, phrases and more complex structures through plenty of pattern practice
  • listening comprehension with audio and video materials.


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.  


See the Korean course materials

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 Pre-Intermediate course you should have completed a Korean Elementary at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (approximately 120 hours). The progression route from Korean Pre-Intermediate 1 is to Korean Pre-Intermediate 2; from Pre-Intermediate 2 to Pre-Intermediate 3. Upon successful completion of Korean Pre-Intermediate 3 you will be able to progress to an 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 Pre-Intermediate 1

In this course you will cover:

  • talking about change of weather
  • explaining a situation
  • asking a favour
  • talking about the house you want to live in
  • the condition of a house
  • talking about one’s dream/hope
  • reasons for one's dreams
  • talking about the future
  • becomes/gets –어/아지다
  • mild exclamation -네요
  • can you please do… -어/아 줄래요?
  • connective ending –는데/ㄴ/은데
  • I wish -었/았으면 좋겠다
  • or -거나
  • because –기 때문에
  • presumptive –겠

Korean Pre-Intermediate 2

In this course you will cover:

  • describing someone and their recent condition; express how one’s doing and what one has been up to recently
  • living overseas; describing life in Korea and one’s feelings about it
  • accepting/declining an invitation; inviting someone and accepting or refusing an invitation
  • resolution, determination; express plans and decisions
  • cultural differences; compare eating, gifts and general lifestyle differences

Korean Pre-Intermediate 3

In this course you will cover:

  • movies and dramas; understanding movies and the characteristics of television dramas
  • fashion: describing clothing and matching accessories; exploring the characteristics of fashion
  • personality; analysing personalities and expressing the advantages and disadvantages of personalities
  • reflections of the past; Korean Studies

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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