Faculty of Arts


Korean for Beginners 1

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for KOREAN 110.


Learning Korean as a foreign or second language is becoming increasingly popular in New Zealand as well as overseas.

This course aims to introduce beginners to basic spoken and written skills in modern Korean. By the end of the course, successful students will be able to carry out a conversation on simple topics of daily life, to comprehend simple Korean texts and to write about their own everyday life at a basic level. Students must attend the lecture plus the streamed classes. This entails four class hours per week.

Topics covered

  • Reading and writing the Korean alphabet –consonants, vowels and syllable blocks
  • Greetings and introducing yourself and your friends
  • Asking questions
  • Comparing items
  • Negative expressions
  • Changing topics
  • Asking alternative questions
  • Talking about your daily routine
  • Making requests
  • Talking about your family and others’ families
  • Asking about locations - in and around the house, university and town
  • Expressing possessive relations
  • Talking about activities on days of a week
  • Expressing the purpose of your action

Important information

KOREAN 110 is for students who have never studied Korean before or whose study of Korean is very limited, normally not higher than NCEA 1. The prescribed textbook and workbook can be purchased from ubiq, the University bookshop.

Provisional class limits information for 2018: Enrolment in KOREAN 110G for Summer School  is limited to 105 students. Not offered to native speakers of Korean. First in, first admitted.

View the course syllabus

Availability 2018

Summer School, repeated Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr Inshil Yoon


Integrated Korean: Beginning 1 (2nd Edition)

Recommended Reading

Integrated Korean Workbook: Beginning 1 (2nd Edition)


Coursework + exam


KOREAN 110: 15.0 points


KOREAN 100, 250. May not be taken if a more advanced language acquisition course in this subject has previously been passed

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