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Korean Language in Use


Admission requirements

BA2 students in Korean Studies who successfully completed Korean 3 (5722KK03) or Korean Language Study in Korea (5722VK07, level 3 or equivalent) can enroll.


This course is designed to consolidate communication skills of Korean language obtained through Korean 1 ~ 3 courses. There is a particular focus on getting familiar with colloquial language and developing practical language skills. Different media resources such as TV drama, variety shows, movies, documentaries, and webcomic will be used to learn vocabulary from, look into grammar usage, and to choose discussion topics from. By the end of the semester, students are expected to have wider exposure to different colloquial styles of the language and certain cultural themes that might surface more than others in Korean mass media.

Course objectives

  • Reinforce grammatical features, vocabulary, and background knowledge learned from Korean 1, 2, and 3.

  • Expand knowledge of grammar gained in Korean 3 and learn supplementary vocabulary.

  • Learn new grammar and vocabulary in context.

  • Increase awareness of contemporary Korean culture and social issues


The timetables are avalable through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Assessment and weighing

  • In-class tasks: 5%

  • Quizzes: 30%

  • Assignments: 20%

  • Group project: 20%

  • Final Written Exam: 25%
    Total: 100%


  • If a student fails to meet the attendance requirement (* see Remarks), the student will fail the course. No resit or make-up for attendance.

  • No resit for missing a quiz on time.

  • You must receive 50% or higher on all quizzes combined in order to pass the course.

  • There are no resits for the assignments and group project. If the deadline is missed, the final grade of the assignment/project will be lowered from the student’s true grade. For example, if the final work is submitted within 7 days from the deadline, 10% of the true grade will be deducted. If submitted within 8~14 days from the deadline, 20% of the true grade will be deducted. No submissions will be accepted thereafter.

  • You must resit the final exam if the grade is lower than 6.0.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

List of media contents to be used for the course materials: (* The list is subject to change without notice due to the accessibility of the resources.)

  • TV drama: ‘나의 아저씨’, ‘사이코지만 괜찮아’

  • TV show: ‘비정상회담’, ‘별다리 시리즈’, ‘유퀴즈온더블락’

  • Docuseries : ‘김영철의 동네 한 바퀴’

  • Movie: ‘82년생 김지영 (Kim Ji-young: Born 1982)’

  • Webcomic: ‘아홉수 우리들’ (NAVER Webtoon)


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory.


  • 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 results in a lower grade. If students do not attend more than three classes (per 5EC), they will not be able to continue attending the classes and their exam and/or assignments may not be graded by the instructor(s). If the students have a valid reason for absence, they may get dispensation from this rule, but this requires that they consult the coordinator of studies.

  • Dispensation from the attendance policy for extenuating circumstances can only be granted by the Board of Examiners.