Korean 1: Beginners


This interactive course provides an introduction to Korean language and culture. It is for complete beginners as well as those who have learnt some Korean expressions and phrases through travel or socialising.

The course content is equivalent to level A1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The topics and grammar knowledge will enable students to communicate in a basic range of everyday situations relating to personal needs, and the cultural information will help understand simple references to the most common aspects of the culture and everyday life in Korea.

The class activities will focus on listening, speaking and the exploration of culture; and students will be encouraged to practise reading and writing skills in their own time. There will be plenty of opportunities to interact in the target language, leading to the development of the four language skills as well as learning basic grammar structures.

Programme details

Course begins: 30 Sept 2021

Week 1:   Introduction to Korean alphabet, names and nationalities            

Week 2:   Introducing oneself (formal and informal style), Numbers 1-10 (Korean and Sino-Korean).

Week 3:   Describing people (occupations),  asking and answering questions. 

Week 4:   Shopping at a store, Numbers 11-20.

Week 5:   Describing items in the home, location of objects.

Week 6:   Describing a weekly/monthly routine/daily activities.

Week 7:   Sightseeing, describing places of interest, Korean culture.

Week 8:   Arranging meetings, planning a trip, telling the time.

Week 9:   Asking directions, describing a route to work/college.

Week 10: Presentation - Describing the neighbourhood  


Course reconvenes: 27 Jan 2022

Week 11:  Asking about availability; Invitation to a party.

Week 12:  Describing past experiences

Week 13:  Planning weekend activities 

Week 14:  Ordering food & drinks at a restaurant or cafe

Week 15:  Asking for the price of goods.

Week 16: The weather; describing seasons.

Week 17:  Likes and dislikes; times of the year

Week 18:  Leisure activities

Week 19:  Making suggestions.

Week 20:  Expressing your feelings.



Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.

To earn credit (CATS points) you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from the January 1st after the current full academic year has been completed. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.


Description Costs
Course Fee £385.00
Take this course for CATS points £10.00


Ms Eugenie Kim

Eugenie has been teaching Korean language and culture at a number of universities and government organisations for the past twenty years. Prior to this, she worked for the Korean government.

Course aims

To provide students with little or no previous knowledge of Korean an introduction to simple everyday Korean language and culture.

Course Objectives:

  • To develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing for simple interaction in Korean
  • To equip students with basic information about Korean culture and daily life.
  • To familiarize students with basic vocabulary and grammar structures to understand simple short texts such as notices and adverts

Teaching methods

All the Departments' language courses adopt the communicative teaching method with a focus on interactive tasks and activities, role-plays, and pair/group work in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Students will be encouraged to participate and have fun.

The emphasis in class is on interacting in the target language, practising listening speaking and grammar structures, as well as exploring the culture. Students are encouraged to develop their reading and writing skills in their own time.

Learning outcomes

The following are brief indicators of what students should be able to do in each of the skills:

Speaking (S), Listening (L), Reading (R), and Writing (W) by the end of the individual stages:


S - participate in simple everyday conversation

L - understand simple messages and conversations

R - obtain specific information from basic written texts

W - produce short texts

Assessment methods

Most tutors will set weekly assignments to consolidate learning and allow students to study at their own pace. Some of these assignments, which may include testing listening and speaking skills, will count towards formally assessing the students' progress.

In general, students are required to submit for assessment a variety of exercises and/or shorter pieces of work. They will also have the opportunity to complete one or more optional tasks to benefit from tutor feedback.

Credits gained from the successful completion of this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher education in other subjects

Due to the continuous assessment required for language classes, students must submit one completed Declaration of Authorship form per term. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form - Declaration of Authorship form


To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.

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