Faculty of Arts


Korean for Beginners 1


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
•    Talking about past events 

Please note that if you are a Native Speaker of this subject, or have passed a more advance language acquisition course in this subject, you cannot take this course.

If you are a Native Speaker and enrol into this course it could be considered cheating which may result in you being found to have committed Academic Misconduct.

Native Speaker refers to those who can speak fluently and read and write without difficulty. You may have acquired this language from early childhood and speaking this language remains one of your primary means of communication.

Students enrolled into this course will need to complete a Language Proficiency Declaration.


Coursework + exam

Availability 2021

Summer School, repeated Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Dr Inshil Yoon


Integrated Korean Beginning 1, (Third Edition), University of Hawai’i Press, 2019.

Integrated Korean Workbook Beginning 1, (Third Edition), University of Hawai’i Press, 2019.


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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