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Korean level 1

Tutor: Ms Inae Jung 
Class dates: Starting in week commencing 23 October 2023 and finishing week commencing 4 March 2024.
Class times: Wednesday 18:00–20:00.
Frequency of class: 120 minutes of class contact and approximately 60 minutes of self-study a week are recommended in order to make good progress.
Venue: Rolle Building.
Course fee: Students: £40; Staff: £65; External participants: £75.
Number of students: Maximum 23.
Resources: These will be provided for you in class/on the DLE.
Cancelled classes: Any classes that are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances will be re-arranged by your tutor for a later date.
Methodology: Teaching is communicative with class work emphasising listening, speaking and sentence structure practice. Self-study consists of reviewing work done in class and practising language skills as advised by a tutor. Resources to support the course include handouts, online exercises and materials as advised by the tutor. 
Description: Level 1 assumes no previous knowledge of the language.
The course introduces some of the basic structures of the language through topics related to social and everyday life in Korea. The focus is on listening, speaking and reading basic materials that introduce grammatical structures which will facilitate manipulation of the language. By the end of the course, students will be able to use both the present and the past tense in Korean. Elements of Korean culture will be incorporated into the classes and private study materials to support the topics. 

The Korean language – did you know?

  • Korean is spoken by nearly 80 million native speakers worldwide, which makes it the 17th most spoken language in the world. Although it shares some similarities with Turkish, Mongolian, Manchu (a Chinese dialect) and Japanese, it has no significant link to any other existing language. It is thus considered as a language isolate.
  • Korean is the official and national language of North and South Korea but is also spoken as a minority language in some parts of China. Almost 50% of Korean words are derived from Chinese loanwords and 5% from English and other languages.
  • Korean has its own alphabet called Hangul. It was created by King Sejong the Great in the 15th century and was designed to be easy to learn and use. 
  • Hangul has been described as one of the most systematic and logically designed writing systems in the world. 
Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea