ULKR51002 - Introduction to Korean

  • Credits: 10
  • Level: 1
  • Co-requisite: Open to all students. If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to the course unit selection guidance, which includes information about eligibility for LEAP units, on your programme structure.
  • Taught during: Semester 2
  • Anti-requisite: Students taking the unit for university credit as part of their degree must not have already taken the unit ULKR51010 LEAP Korean 1.
  • Timetable: See timetables


This course is for absolute beginners. It introduces students to Hangeul (the Korean alphabets), and the fundamentals of Korean grammar, reading, and writing while developing some basic communicative skills. It aims to teach students very simple structures, lexis, and phrases, which will enable them to communicate in a limited number of common everyday situations in a Korea. The introductory course differs from LEAP Korean 1 in length, topics covered, and learning outcomes.

LEAP Korean 1 is a full-year course taught over two semesters, and goes further and deeper into the language as it is approximately double the number of teaching hours and double the number of self-study hours, whereas the introductory level – Introduction to LEAP Korean– is only one semester long.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • handle some of the basic grammatical structures of Korean;

  • understand and read some familiar and daily expressions used in recurring situations and write very simple messages with the use of Hangeul;

  • communicate orally at a basic level in a limited number of common everyday situations;

  • convey a basic understanding of ways of life in Korea.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1.1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Pair and team work, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation. 

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars, three hours per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and will be supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning


Semester 2: 


  • Week 11- Listening 10% & Written Exam 50%
  • Week 12 - Oral Exam 40%

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of: informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities; formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.


Dr Orieb Masadeh-Tate 

Taught by

See timetables

Maximum entry

23 per group

Set texts  

To be confirmed

Recommended texts

Basic Korean, A Grammar and Workbook (IBSN:978-0-415-77487-1).


Fee-paying students can move on to the LEAP Korean 1, but should note that much of the material will be a repeat of the introductory unit.

Students may be able to proceed to LEAP Korean 2 ( if it runs in 2022/2023) subject to:

  • achieving a mark over 80%
  • Agreeing to study independently the material recommended by the language tutor to reach the Common European Framework level required at the end of LEAP Korean 1. A1
  • an entry-level assessment carried out by the tutor.


Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and employability. It will help prepare you for travelling to and working in Korea.