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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 (8hrs/week) to obtain the course grade.
Prerequisite: Students should know how to read and write Korean alphabet, Hangeul, prior to joning the course.


In this intensive langauge 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 knowldege 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.


For more information see Timetable

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total Course load: 420 hours:

  • Contact hours: 104 hours (8hrs x 13 weeks);

  • Preparation for each class including quizzes and assignments: 156~208 hours (12~16hrs x 13 weeks);

  • Preparation for midterm exam: 30~50 hours;

  • Preparation for final exam: 36~58 hours.

Assessment method

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

  • Attendance 3%;

  • Weekly in-class vocalulary quizzes: 5%;

  • Online assignments by each unit: 5%;

  • Workbook: 3%;

  • Midterm written exam: 30%;

  • Final written exam: 40%;

  • Final Oral exam: 14%.

Note. Detailed information on exams, resit policy, and requirements to fulfil in order to pass the course will be provided in the course syllabus.

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


Blackboard will supplement offline class (e.g. extra course materials/self-study materials, announcement, grade center, etc.)

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 and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Contact the coordinator Mw. Dr. A.R. Nam


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 you do not attend more than three classes (per 5EC), 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.