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Korean 1

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September, February, May (semi-intensive)
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Online course

This is an online course. To be able to participate in this course, you are advised to use a headset with microphone.  To check that everything is working properly, please use: Quick Tech Check

Course description

For the Korean 1 course no prior knowledge of the language is required. You will be introduced to the Korean alphabet and the pronunciation of the Korean language. In this course, the topics covered include: Hangeul alphabet, asking what something is, ordering at a restaurant, talking about a location, asking for a telephone number, asking for the price, asking for the time, talking about one’s schedule. The necessary grammar is explained and ample attention is paid to vocabulary. All skills are covered: speaking, writing, reading and listening. Besides the language, this course also focuses on culture and society.

After completing this course, you will be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. You can introduce yourself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details. You can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

The course makes use of the digital learning environment BrightSpace. Within this learning environment you will find the homework and additional learning materials. Course participants are expected to prepare the lessons at home (approximately three hours per lesson).

The course is concluded with a test. Participants who have attended 80% of the lessons and who have successfully completed the final test are awarded a certificate.

Course material

  • Sogang Korean COMPACT SERIES 1. Student’s Book. Seoul: Sogang University Press. ISBN 9788992491709. Hangeul 1 - Unit 2 (pp.24-79).
  • Optional: Sogang Korean COMPACT SERIES 1. Work Book.
    Seoul: Sogang University Press. 
    ISBN 9791161630021



  • New Sogang Korean 1A Student’s Book. Seoul: Sogang University. ISBN: 9788976995728.

The textbook Sogang Korean COMPACT SERIES 1 consists of 14 units and corresponds to   level A2.1 of the CEFR/ERK. The content is divided into three courses. After the course Korean 1 you will reach level A1.1, after following Korean 2 level A1.2 (A1) and after
Korean 3 level 2.1.

The course material is not included in the course price. Course participants are required to purchase course materials themselves. (amazon.com, bol.com, Kooyker in Leiden)

Target group and admission requirements

The course is intended for adults with a higher education diploma, including both students and staff members of Leiden University, as well as interested parties who have no connection to Leiden University.

The course is open to any person aged 17 or older with a completed secondary school education. There are no entry requirements with respect to knowledge of Korean. A basic knowledge of English is required.

Other information

  • The maximum number of participants for an online course is 16 and for a classroom course is 18.
  • The course load is 56 hours. On request a Course load declaration form can be issued. The student should enquire with their department whether course participation can be converted into credits.
  • The holiday periods can be found in the Academic Language Centre's academic calendar.
  • If classes are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be added on to the end of the course. Please take into account courses may end later than scheduled.
  • The course level is indicated with the help of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
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