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Korean 1


Admission requirements

This course is only available for BA students in Korean Studies and in some cases also for students in MA Asian Studies.
No partial EC is given – students should attend all classes (10hrs/week) to obtain the course grade.
Prerequisite: Students should know how to read and write Korean alphabet, Hangeul, prior to joining the course. The online lessons in the following link may help.


In this intensive language course, students will learn Korean in an interactive small-group setting. Through various speaking, listening, reading, writing, and grammar exercises and activities, both online and offline, students will gain fundamental linguistic knowledge and learn how to use the Korean language for practical purposes.
Foreign language learning is an accumulative process. Students are expected to attend all classes and study for a MINIMUM of 2 hours daily to make successful progress in this course.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, students are expected to (or will be able to):

  • Read and write Korean alphabet fluently;

  • Acquire reasonably good pronunciation and accent;

  • Grasp fundamental knowledge of Korean grammar;

  • Gain 720+ new items of vocabulary;

  • Understand simple spoken and written Korean on familiar topics, mostly related to self and direct surroundings;

  • Maintain simple daily conversation and write sentences and paragraphs on personal matters;

  • Gain insight into Korean language and culture.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

Seminar & Lecture.

Assessment method

Assessment and Weighing

Students must pass the exams (midterm & final written exams and final oral exams). Thereafter final grades will be determined according to the following formula:

  • Weekly in-class vocabulary quizzes: 5%;

  • Workbook assignments: 5%;

  • Remindo pre-unit tests: 5 %

  • Midterm written exam: 20%;

  • Final written exam: 50%;

  • Final Oral exam: 15%.


  • If you fail to meet the attendance requirement, you will fail the course. No resit or make-up.

  • You can do two vocabulary resits upon request, as long as it is within two weeks of the original quiz date.

  • You can resit Remindo pre-unit tests twice upon request, as long as it is within 2 weeks of the original closing date.

  • There is no resit after the midterm written exam even if your grade is lower than 6.0.

  • If your weighted average grade of midterm and final for (1) listening, (2) reading, and (3) grammar, vocabulary, and conversations respectively is below 6.0, you need to resit only the failed portion. The resit covers all material of the relevant area of the course and the resit grade will replace both the midterm and final.

  • Even if your weighted average grade of the written exams is 6.0 or higher, you will have to resit if you receive below 5.5 in your final exam.

  • The final oral consists of three exams. You should receive overall 6.0 or higher to pass. If you fail to receive 5.5 or higher in any of the three exams (even if the average of the three is over 6.0), you need to resit the failed portion(s). If you receive 5.5 from all three oral exams, you need to resit at least one or two portion(s) of your choice to make the overall average grade over 6.0.

Inspection and feedback

Within two weeks after an exam, date and time for exam debriefing session will be announced via Brightspace in order for students to view their exam.

Reading list

  • Choe et al. (2008). New Sogang Korean 1A: Student Book. Sogang Unviersity Press. Seoul, ISBN: 9788976995728;

  • Choe et al. (2009). New Sogang Korean 1A: Workbook. Sogang Unviersity Press. Seoul, ISBN: 9788976995735;

  • Choe et al. (2008). New Sogang Korean 1B: Student Book. Sogang Unviersity Press. Seoul, ISBN: 9788976995773;

  • Choe et al. (2009). New Sogang Korean 1B: Workbook. Sogang Unviersity Press. Seoul, ISBN: 9788976995780.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.

Registration Studeren à la carte en Contractonderwijs

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  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: VRIESHOF


As is the case for all Korean Studies courses, a strict attendance policy will be enforced. Attendance in all lectures and seminars is expected. Failure to attend may result in a lower grade. If you do not attend more than three classes (per 5 EC), you will not be able to continue attending the classes and your exam and/or paper may not be graded by the instructor(s). If you have a valid reason for absence, you may get dispensation from this rule, but this requires that you consult the coordinator of studies.

ls de groep vol zit, kunnen studenten Dr. A.R. Nam mailen om op de wachtlijst te komen.