Learn at a moderate pace with our Korean language course. Starting in October, you will progress through three modules over a one-year period.
Whether you're learning Korean for travelling, working abroad or with foreign companies, or if you are a fan of K-pop, the Korean Beginners course will enable you to communicate confidently on a basic level in everyday situations, socialise and not feel out of place in the country you are visiting.
This Korean short course is an introduction to the Korean language and way of life for the purpose of practical communication. Challenging but rewarding, the course is perfectly suited to those looking to develop a basic command of Korean.
The Korean language short course consists of one evening class a week, for a total of 30 weeks; spread across three modules, which is ideal for those with various commitments or working full-time.
All of our language short courses are taught by qualified native speakers and delivered at City, University of London’s main campus, in the heart of the capital.
This Korean language programme will help you to develop essential listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. You will be introduced to Korean alphabet, Hangul.
By the end of the 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 will learn how to introduce yourself, talk about daily and weekly activities, past events, locations, to order food and drinks, do shopping and make suggestions.
In order to build confidence and understand the structure of the language, you will learn some markers for noun, verb forms for present and past tenses and suggestions.
You will be able to interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Is it the right level for me?
If you have no prior knowledge of Korean you must start with Module One, which takes place in October term.
If you have some basic knowledge of Korean and you are already familiar with the content of Module One you may choose to enrol on Module Two or Module Three. See the Eligibility section below for more details.
Please make sure you have the correct level by using our online guidelines.
This is a complete beginners’ course and no prior knowledge Korean is required.
The emphasis in this course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus on language that is required in authentic situations.
Classroom activities will include:
All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting. There is no formal assessment and no qualification is issued at the end of the course, but you will be awarded an official City, University of London certificate at the end of the course, if you have attended at least 70 per cent of the lessons.
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Jaehee Cho graduated from Korea University in Seoul with a BA in Korean language and literature education in 1987. She went on to study for an M.A. in Phonetics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 1997. Her interest is in learning and teaching languages, especially the sound of languages and how to teach a language more effectively using both structural and communicative approach. Jaehee has more than 25 years of experience in teaching Korean.
She wrote some books ‘Korean Listening Skills’ for Beginners and Intermediate learners. Currently she is also teaching Korean at King’s College London and FCO Language Centre.