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Korean 5

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September, February
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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

The Korean 5 course is a course for intermediate students. It is intended for those who have completed the Korean 4 course or have a comparable level (A2) of Korean.

Participants who have completed  the course can have practical conversations, such as guessing, suggesting, comparing, making excuses, recommending, sharing experiences. People are also able to understand short texts and speak with others in normal speed in Korean.

All skills are covered:  speaking, listening, writing and reading. In addition, attention is paid to fluent reading and  conversation. Both informal and business language is practiced based on practical  situations. Also current issues related to society and culture are used in discussions for  higher level Korean language study. Course participants are expected to prepare the lessons at home (approximately three hours).

The course is concluded with a written test at the end end of the course. 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 2. Student’s Book. Seoul: Sogang University Press. ISBN 9788992491792. Unit 8-14
  • Optional: Sogang Korean COMPACT SERIES 2, Work Book.
    Seoul: Sogang
    University Press. ISBN 9791161630045. 


  • New Sogang Korean 2A Student’s Book. Seoul: Sogang University. ISBN: 9788992491266. Unit 8-9.
  • New Sogang Korean 2B Student’s Book. Seoul: Sogang University. ISBN: 9788992491327. Unit 1-5.

The textbook Sogang Korean COMPACT SERIES 2 consists of 18 units and corresponds to   level B1.1 of the CEFR/ERK. The content is divided into two courses. After the course Korean 4  you will reach level A2.2 (A2) and after following Korean 5 level B1.1.

The course material is not included in the course price. Course participants are required to purchase course materials themselves. (amazon.com, bol.com, or Kooyker in Leiden). The course books are available from from different suppliers, some of whom are abroad (shipping (shipping to the Netherlands possible).  It is advisable to order in time due to delivery time.

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.

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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