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Bachelor 2018/2019

Korean Language: Basic Course

Category 'Best Course for Career Development'
Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Category 'Best Course for New Knowledge and Skills'
Area of studies: Foreign Regional Studies
When: 1 year, 1-4 module
Mode of studies: offline
Instructors: Ю Чжо Ен, Ksenia Andruschenko, Maria Baklanova, B.S. Chang, Elena Khokhlova, Moon Hee Ree, Vera Vishnyakova
Language: English
ECTS credits: 23

Course Syllabus


This course is catered for students with no prior experience in the language. We will start the course by introducing pronunciation, reading, typing, and writing. Great emphasis will be placed upon standard pronunciation, listening comprehension, and everyday “survival” language. Various supplementary listening materials will be used from the beginning of this course to give students an authentic, practical way to learn correct pronunciation and reinforce class lessons. Students will also be exposed to the language and culture via movies and cultural information. After taking this course, learners will have a basic understanding of the Asian language and will be able to conduct basic conversations of daily living such as exchanging personal information, talking about daily arrangements and food, asking about price, introducing the city, talking about hobbies etc. Selected topics and situations come from real life scenarios and can be used for everyday communications. In addition to the dialogues, the selection of reading materials and practice activities will make the content as rich and varied as possible, in order to stimulate the learners’ interests.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course aims at developing language competence – learning new language units (orthographic, phonetic, lexical, grammar) related to communicative scenarios and topics of the course; learning about language phenomena in the foreign language, about various ways of expressing ideas using the native and foreign languages;
  • The course aims at developing communicative competence – developing communicative skills through speaking, listening, reading and writing in communicative scenarios and topics chosen for the course.
  • The course aims at developing • socio-cultural competence – introducing students to the culture, traditions and realia of the country whose language they are learning; developing skills of presenting their country and its culture when communicating with foreigners.
  • The course aims at developing cognitive competence – developing general and special academic skills; familiarizing students with available ways of autonomous learning of a foreign language and culture, ICT included.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Comprehension skills: • Understand main ideas of clear standard input on matters encountered in daily and university life (Intermediate Low level) both in written and oral speech; • Fully understand texts (both oral and written) of Novice High level on topics covered during the course without a dictionary.
  • Producing skills: • Make proper word and grammar choices (Novice High level) and adjust speech and writing register to express intended meaning within topics covered during the course; • Express themselves with fluency and accuracy, both orally and in writing, on matters encountered in daily life (daily routines, likes/dislikes, habits and hobbies) and other topics covered during the course; • Engage in meaningful conversations on a variety of topics covered during the course.
  • Use properly vocabulary: 1. telephone call related words; 2. daily routine of university professor. Use properly grammar: -고 있다; -ㄹ게요; -면; -면 어때요?; -면 되다 / 안 되다. Can: 1.Make a phone call; 2. Ask to speak to someone on the phone; 3. Ask for and giving advice;4. Understand written text write about professor’s daily routines.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Korean Alphabet & Pronunciation
    Korean Alphabet & Pronunciation. Korean consonants and vowel pronunciation/ Number of letter, reading rules. Patchim reading rules. Basic greetings.
  • Greetings
    Vocabulary - Greetings, countries name, professions, major; objects, room facilities. Grammar - 는/은; -이다: 입니다 / 입니까; -이에요 / 예요; -도; -이/-가; 이것 / 그것 / 저것; 있다 / 없다; -의; 누구 Speaking skills - Introducing yourself (name, nationality, profession. college major); expressing pleasure at meeting someone; - Asking someone`s nationality, college major; asking questions “What is it?” “What is it in Korean / Russian?”; - Asking about someone’s major, introducing your major; - Telling what you have or have not. Writing and reading skills - Reading and writing self-introduction.
  • My family
    Grammar - 습니다 / ㅂ니다; 습니까 / ㅂ니까 verb endings - Pronouns - Age quantifiers Vocabulary - Family - Korean numerals Speaking skills - Describing your family, asking questions about someone’s family, their occupation - Telling your age, asking someone’s age - Asking question “Who is it?” Writing and reading skills - Describing of someone’s family
  • Neighborhood
    Grammar - 여기 / 저기 / 거기 - 이 / 가 아니다 - 에 - -하고 - Location words Vocabulary - Places, facilities, public organizations - Times of the day Speaking skills - Asking for and describing the location of the place / object - Making appointment Writing and reading skills - Reading and writing about location on the street, about neighborhood
  • Daily routines
    Grammar - 에서 - 하다 - -을 / 를 - Informal verb endings –아요 / 어요 / 여요 Vocabulary - Daily routines - Plans for weekend - Week days - Frequency adverbs Speaking skills - Talking about daily activities - Asking people how they spend the weekend, about their daily routines - Telling and asking about schedule Writing and reading - Reading and write about schedule and daily routines
  • College life
    Grammar - Dates - Past tense - -에게 / 한테 / 께 - ㅂ-stem irregular verbs Vocabulary - Korean national holidays - Types of colleges in Russia and Korea, college life (holidays, classes schedule, etc.) Speaking skills - Asking about dates of national holidays, date of birthday, etc. - Telling about past activities - Asking and telling about college life Writing and reading skills - Writing and reading about your college
  • To the college
    Grammar - -에서 – 까지 - -부터 – 까지 - -로 / 으로 - Honorific speech: -시-, -께서 - Verb ending -고 Vocabulary - Sino-korean numerals - Transportation - Verbs used for direction - Honorific nouns Speaking skills - Asking and saying time - Asking for the way to… - Describing route to the college / office, etc. Writing / Reading skills - Reading and writing about routes
  • Visiting friend’s house
    Grammar - -아서 / 어서 / 여서 - Negation 안 / 못 - Exclamative verb ending -네요 - -지만 Vocabulary - 아직, 벌써 adverbs Speaking skills - Giving excuses, refusing the invitation - Explaining the subway route - Giving complement, expressing surprise - Telling about eating habits Writing and reading skills - Reading and writing about visiting friend’s house
  • Restaurant
    Grammar - Descriptive verbs ending –ㄴ / 은 - -으러 / 러 verb ending - -ㄹ래요 - 고 싶다 - -이 / 가 되다 Vocabulary - Korean cuisine - Names of dishes - Taste - Phrasal expressions with dishes names Speaking - Describing favorite food, it’s taste - Making an order in restaurant / café - Talking about cuisine preferences - Telling about dreams Writing and reading skills - Reading and writing about dreams
  • Hobby
    Grammar - -는 verb ending - 동안 - -씩 - -는데 - Future tense -ㄹ 것이다 Vocabulary - Hobbies - Movie, music, literature genres, sports Speaking - Asking and telling about hobbies and favorite movies, books, sports, etc. - Making a polite refuse - Telling about future plans Writing and Reading skills - Reading and writing about hobby and future plans
  • Telephone call
    Grammar - -고 있다 - -ㄹ게요 - -면 verb ending - -면 어때요? - -면 되다 / 안 되다 Vocabulary - Telephone call related words - Daily routine of university professor Speaking - Making a phone call - Asking to speak to someone on the phone - Asking for and giving advice Writing Reading skills - Reading and writing about your professor’s daily routines
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In-class assignment
  • non-blocking Mid-term exam
  • non-blocking Homework
  • non-blocking Unit test
  • non-blocking Final exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.12 * Homework + 0.12 * In-class assignment + 0.4 * Mid-term exam + 0.36 * Unit test
  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.4 * Final exam + 0.12 * Homework + 0.12 * In-class assignment + 0.36 * Unit test


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Yeon, J., & Brown, L. (2019). Korean : A Comprehensive Grammar (Vol. Second edition). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2092301

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Kim, S., Curtis, E., & Cho, H. (2017). Korean Grammar : The Complete Guide to Speaking Korean Naturally. Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1942424