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Unit information: Beginners Korean in 2018/19

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Unit name Beginners Korean
Unit code UWLP10018
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Foster
Open unit status Open




School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts


The unit provides an introduction to Korean and will be taught by Ms On Hee Choi (Ollie).

The unit aims:

  • To provide students with a solid foundation of the essential structures of the target language thus enabling them to communicate effectively across the four key language skills at an elementary level on a variety of general topics.
  • To enable participants to give and understand information and to achieve a confident elementary level of communicative competence in everyday situations.
  • To introduce students to the customs, culture and society of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to develop student awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language.
  • To enable students to apply their developing language skills into areas related to their field of study.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will:

  1. be able to communicate orally and in writing with a reasonable degree of accuracy and fluency.
  2. be able to work at a basic level with authentic material and retrieve necessary information.
  3. have acquired knowledge and awareness of the general social and cultural background of the target language
  4. be able to understand and interpret written texts at a basic level
  5. be able to respond to written texts at a basic level

Overall, students will attain a level comparable to A1/ A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Teaching details

3 contact hours per week (Students must remain in the same group with the same tutor for all 3 hours)

The communicative approach will be used; learners will be involved in a variety of interactive and stimulating activities with maximum use of the target language. This will be supported by e-learning opportunities; a Blackboard site, wikis, blogs and use of self-study facilities.

Assessment Details

Assessment type

Skills assessed

University week & date

ILOs assessed

Class Test (25%) Listening Weeks 23/24 in class 1, 2, 3
Oral Test (25%) Speaking Weeks 23/24 in class 1, 2, 3
Formal Examination (50%) Reading & Writing Week 25 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

As free text:

The four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are assigned equal weighting for the purposes of assessment (25% each).

  • For reading and writing there is a formal examination in the summer examination period, which comprises 50% of the total mark. This assesses ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
  • Listening is assessed by a class test at the end of TB2, which comprises 25% of the total mark. This assesses ILOs 1, 2 and 3.
  • Speaking is tested by one oral test at the end of TB2. This assesses ILOs 1, 2 and 3.

Reading and References


  1. Collins Gem Korean Dictionary (Collins Gem) (Korean). (2010). Collins.
  2. Kyubyong Park (2012). Tuttle Learner's Korean-English Dictionary. Tuttle Publishing.
  3. Hornby, A.S., Young-Kuk Jeong & Mi-Ock Cho (2009). Oxford Advanced Learner's English-Korean Dictionary'. OUP Oxford; 1st edition.
  4. Berlitz Korean Compact Dictionary: Korean-English/English-Korean (Berlitz Compact Dictionary: Korean-English/English-Korean). (2011). Berlitz Publishing; Blg Cpt edition.


  1. Ahn, Jean-myung, Kyung-ah Lee, Hoo-young Han (2010). Korean Grammar in Use: Beginning to Early Intermediate. Darakwon.
  2. Yeon & Brown. (2011). Korean: A Comprehensive Grammar. Routledge.
  3. Kingdon, Laura. (2015). Essential Korean Grammar: Your Essential Guide to Speaking and Writing Korean Fluently! Tuttle Publishing.

Language Learning Text Book

  1. Main Test Book: 서강대학교 한국어교육원 (Sogang University Korean Language Education Center). (2012). Sogang Korean Text Book '서강한국어' 1 Compact Series. Hawoo Publishing.
  2. Workbook: 서강대학교 한국어교육원 (Sogang University Korean Language Education Center). (2009). New Sogang Korean 1A Workbook. Hawoo Publishing.