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Korean 3 (Upper-)Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies who have passed Korean 1 Beginners and Korean 2 Pre-intermediate.


This course aims to develop intermediate level of competence in speaking and communication skills in Korean. Students will learn how to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst staying in South Korea, to produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. This course is a learner-oriented language course, which means the participation of students plays a key role of learning.

Course objectives

The course objectives (A2/B1 level) are as follows.

  • Students will learn how to describe experiences, impressions, how to give reasons for opinions, how to explain plans.

  • Students will develop interaction skills to participate into conversation on topics that are familiar, on topics of personal interest or everyday life.

  • Students will gain the knowledge and understanding of intermediate level Korean grammar, vocabulary, expressions and sentence structures.


The timetable will be available on the BA International Studies website this autumn.

Mode of instruction

Two two hour tutorials every week.

Attending tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam.

Course Load

Total course load: 140 hours (5 EC)

Attending classes: 48 hrs (4 hours per week x 12 weeks)
Preparing classes, exams and extra activities: 92 hrs

Assessment method

3 oral and written exams 40%
6 continuous assessments (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) 20%
6 vocabulary quizzes 20%
Participation (home assignment, presentation, and attendance) 20%

The resit will be a written exam of two hours, and will test if the students have reached the end level of this semester. This exam consists of the following components:

  • Reading and writing;

  • Written dialogue;

  • Vocabulary and grammar.


Blackboard will be used. Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.
All the relevant information including syllabus, course slides, vocabulary lists and grade will be given through Blackboard.

Reading list

The course books are as follows:

  1. Song-Hee Kim 2008. Sogang Korean New Series Student’s book 2B. Hawoo.
    (ISBN: 978-89-9249-132-7)
    1. Song-Hee Kim 2008. Sogang Korean New Series Workbook 2B. Hawoo.
      (ISBN: 978-89-9249-136-5)


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.


Instructor: Dr. J.H. Park