Korean Beginners (Level 1)

This is for you if you have no prior knowledge of Korean (or so little that you effectively want to start again from scratch). You will learn basic skills to enable you to make yourself understood and to find out information in everyday situations.

Key information

  • Course: Mondays 6-8pm
    Delivery: On-campus (face-to-face)
    Timeline: Starts 11 October 2021 – Ends 21 March 2022
    Length: 20 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £210 (payable in two termly instalments)
  • Course: Wednesdays 3-5pm
    Delivery: On-campus (face-to-face)
    Timeline: Starts 13 October 2021 - Ends 23 March 2022
    Length: 20 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £210 (payable in two termly instalments)
  • Course: Thursdays 6-8pm
    Delivery: Online
    Timeline: Starts 21 October 2021 - Ends 24 March 2022
    Length: 20 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £210 (payable in two termly instalments)

These courses will be taught in a small group. Online courses have a minimum 8 and maximum 12 students; while On-campus courses have a minimum of 8 and maximum of 14 students. Course fee includes all tuition, access to VLE (virtual learning environment), handouts and any tests/exams, but not a textbook.

Courses started online will remain online throughout.

Please note that courses taught On-campus could be moved online if the Covid-19 situation prevents face-to-face teaching, and for as long as it is required. This decision will be made by the Government and/or the University of Leicester to guarantee the safety of students and staff.

Terms run from October to December and from January to March. The full course comprises 60 learning hours. Lessons are two hours long and take place once a week. When enrolling you are committing to the full 20 weeks. There is the option to pay for the full course in one payment or two instalments. You are welcome to join in the second term of a course if you have previous knowledge and experience of the language.

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Entry level

This course is suitable for absolute beginners.

Course content

Term One

  • The Korean Alphabet
  • Introducing yourself
  • Countries and Nationalities
  • Family and Occupations
  • Basic verbs

Term Two

  • Places and locations
  • Common adjectives
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • Telling the time
  • Daily routines

Resources

Yonsei Korean 1-1 (English Version) by Yonsei Korean Institute.

There isn’t a University bookshop however The European Bookshop website holds our book list and offers a 10% discount to all our students. Languages at Leicester Reading List.

It is not essential to bring a course book to the first class. The tutor will discuss book requirements in class and advise you of the best places to obtain the book if required. With some languages there is the option for us to order textbooks on behalf of a class.

Our approach

This course is taught in Korean and English. Our programme aims to develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as cultural awareness. It provides a good balance between understanding the culture, vocabulary, writing system (characters) and grammar structures of the Korean language and enhancing communication and interaction. It supports comprehensive and productive skills in speech and writing through authentic based activities and guided practice in the use of Korean language. Students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to learn and practise the four skills outside the classroom taking advantage of learning resources provided by tutors and the programme. The group size is limited to 16 students and planned to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.

Progression

Upon completing the Beginners level (1), you can progress onto the Post-Beginners level (2).