This course is only available for BA students Korean Studies and in some cases also for students in MA Asian Studies.
No previous knowledge of Korean required.
No partial EC is given – students should attend all classes (8hrs/week) to obtain the course grade.
In this intensive language course, offered four days a week, students will learn Korean in an interactive small-group setting. Both fundamental linguistic knowledge and practical language use will be emphasized through various speaking, listening, reading, writing, and grammar exercises and activities.
Foreign language learning is an accumulative process, and students are expected to attend all classes and study for MINIMUM 2 hours everyday to make successful progress in this course.
Read and write Korean alphabet fluently
Practice and acquire good pronunciation and accent
Grasp fundamental knowledge of Korean grammar and gain 600+ vocabulary
Understand simple spoken and written Korean on familiar topics, mostly related to self and direct surroundings
Maintain simple daily conversation and write simple sentences on personal matters
Gain insight into Korean language and culture
For more information, see Timetable
Mode of instruction
Total course load: 420 hours
Contact hours: 104 hours (8hrs x 13 weeks)
Preparation for each class including quizzes and assignments: 156~208 hours (12~16 hrs x 13 weeks)
Preparation for midterm exam: 30~50 hours
Preparation for final exam: 36~58 hours
Only when you pass the exam, your final grade will be determined in combination of the following items:
Weekly vocab quiz: 5%
Assignment: 10% (Workbook 8%, Extra reading assignment 2%)
Midterm: 25% (Vocabulary, Grammar, Expressions, Conversations and Writing 10%, Listening and Reading 10%, Oral (Skit) 5%)
Final: 55% (Vocabulary, Grammar, Expressions, Conversations and Writing 20%, Listening and Reading 20%, Oral (Fluent Reading, Task, Free conversation) 15%)
Your assignment grade should be 6.0 or higher to pass the course. In other words, if you fail to submit assignments in a timely manner, you may fail the course even if your overall course grade is 6.0 or higher. Your diligent daily study is highly valued.
Assignments submitted two or more weeks late will not be graded: i.e. if you submit many assignments at the end of the semester all at once, they will not be counted toward your assignment grade. If you have a valid reason to submit your assignment late, you may get dispensation from this rule, but you have to consult the course coordinator, Mw. Dr. A.R. Nam.
If you fail to meet the attendance requirement, you will fail the course with no resit chance.
If you fail to receive 6.0 or higher from assignment grade, you will fail the course with no resit chance. You can prevent this by punctual submission of your assignments.
You have 2 resit chances for vocab quiz upon request, within 2 weeks of the original quiz date.
There is no resit after the midterm written exams even if your grade is lower than 6.0.
If your weighted average grade of midterm and final (1:2) for “Vocab, Grammar, Expressions, Conversation and Writing” is below 6.0, you need to resit only for this portion. This resit covers the entire material of the relevant area of the course and the mark will replace both midterm and final (thus, 30% of the final grade).
If your weighted average grade of midterm and final (1:2) for “Listening and Reading” is below 6.0, you need to resit only for this portion. This resit covers the entire material of the relevant area of the course and the mark will replace both midterm and final (thus, 30% of the final grade).
Even if your weighted average grades of written exams are 6.0 or higher, you are to resit if your final written exam is below 5.0.
There is no resit after the midterm oral skit. Regardless of your grade, you perform your skit only once and the grade is final even if you receive a grade below 6.0 (no fail as long as you perform a skit). Unless absolutely necessary (e.g. serious health issues such as a scheduled surgery, family emergency such as attending funeral), you cannot postpone your skit. If you postpone your skit, your grade will be lowered.
Final oral exam consists of three components. You should receive overall 6.0 or higher to pass the oral exam. If you fail to receive 5.5 or higher in any of the three components (even if the average of the three is over 6.0), you need to resit the failed component(s).
As is the case for all Korean Studies courses, a strict attendance policy will be enforced. Attendance for all seminars is expected.
Failure to attend results in a lower grade (no penalty for the first three absences, but you will lose 1% each of your final grade from the 4th absence and on).
If you are late for class three times, it will be considered as one absence.
If you do not attend more than 9 classes (i.e. 10th absence and on), you will not be able to continue attending the classes and your exam and/or assignments may not be graded by the instructor(s). If you have a valid reason not to attend, you may get dispensation from this rule, but you have to consult the coordinator of studies, Ms. Kraakman, on this.
To pass the course and advance to Korean 1.2, you need to accomplish:
Decent attendance record (no more than 9 absences)
Assignment grade of 6.0 or higher
Performance of midterm oral skit
Exam grade of 6.0 or higher from all three components of the exams: 1) Vocabulary, Grammar, Expressions, Conversation, and Writing; 2) Listening and Reading; and 3) Oral (6.0 or higher for overall oral grade and minimum grade of 5.5 for individual components of oral exam)
If you fail to fulfil any single one requirement mentioned above, you cannot continue your study.
Debriefing exam: Within two weeks after exam, date and time for exam debriefing session will be announced via Blackboard in order for students to view their exam.
Blackboard will supplement the off-line class (e.g. extra course materials/self-study materials, announcement, grade check, etc.).
Choe et al. (2008). New Sogang Korean 1A: Student Book. Sogang Unviersity Press. Seoul, ISBN: 9788976995728
Choe et al. (2009). New Sogang Korean 1A: Workbook. Sogang Unviersity Press. Seoul, ISBN: 9788976995735
Choe et al. (2008). New Sogang Korean 1B: Student Book. Sogang Unviersity Press. Seoul, ISBN: 9788976995773
Choe et al. (2009). New Sogang Korean 1B: Workbook. Sogang Unviersity Press. Seoul, ISBN: 9788976995780
Students are required to register for this course via uSis, the course registration system of Leiden University. General information about the Registration procedure
Contact the coordinator: Mw. Dr. A.R. Nam
As is the case for all Korean Studies courses, a strict attendance policy will be enforced. Attendance to all lectures and seminars is expected. Failure to attend results in a lower grade. If you do not attend more than three classes you will not be able to continue attending the classes and your exam and/or paper may not be graded by the instructor(s). If you have a valid reason not to attend, you may get dispensation from this rule, but you have to consult the coordinator of studies on this.