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Korean 1


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.


This course teaches students Korean for everyday communication through the study of 1) grammar and vocabulary, 2) speaking and listening, and 3) reading and writing skills. Specific attention will be given to pronunciation and spelling of the Korean alphabet. Furthermore, characteristic aspects of the Korean language such as politeness and register will be dealt with.

Course objectives

The course objectives for this course are as follows.
-Gaining knowledge of basic (A1 level) Korean grammar, phonetic structure, and spelling.
-Being able to apply the above knowledge to produce basic Korean sentences in written and spoken form, and being able to read basic texts and listen to simple conversations.
-Creating an awareness of the cultural characteristics of the Korean language as compared to the student’s native language


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website

Mode of instruction

Three two hour seminars every week

Assessment method

Students in this course will be assessed through the following methods.
-In-class participation 20% (ongoing)
-Reading/vocabulary/grammar/creative writing 40% (written exam, week 8/16)
-Listening 20% (comprehension exam, Week 7/15)
-Speaking 20% (oral exam, week 7/15)


Blackboard will be used. Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

The course books are as follows:

-Y.M. Cho, H.S. Lee, Integrated Korean Textbook, Beginning 1. Second edition (University of Hawai’i Press, 2010).
-M.J. Park, J.W. Suh, Integrated Korean Workbook, Beginning 1. Second edition (University of Hawai’i Press, 2010).


Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable