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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).


The course Korean 3 builds on the essential linguistic knowledge and practical skills gained during the previous courses Korean 1 and 2, to further develop an intermediate level in speaking, listening, reading and writing competence in Korean. At this advanced level students will deal with more grammar and linguistic proficiency than before. Students will at the same time learn how to apply gained theoretical knowledge to actual and correct usage of the language through interactive and communicative activities during the classes, next to the assignments of writing and grammar exercises.

Course objectives

This course enables the student to achieve an overall level equivalent to B1 of the Common European Frame (CEF).
This is the last course in a series of three language acquisition courses within the International Studies program. The final objective of this course series is to obtain an intermediate level of proficiency in Korean, aimed at communication with people in the region in everyday social situations and enabling students to follow current affairs in the region via various media.

  • Listening: B1

  • Oral productions (speaking): B1 / B2

  • Written production (writing / translation):B1

  • (Audio) visual reception (reading): B1


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction

Two two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. Being absent will result in a lower of the participation grade with 0.5 for every absence after the first two (2) times.

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 5 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 140 hours, broken down by:

  • Attending classes: (4 hours per week over 12 weeks) 48 hours

  • Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 48 hours

  • Assessment hours (exams and other assessment): 44 hours

Assessment method


  • Attendance

  • Assignments Workbook Extra Grammar / Reading / Writing assignment

  • Three vocabulary quizzes

  • Two Midterm Exams Two oral exams for Speaking / Conversation Two written exams for Grammar / Listening / Reading / Writing

  • Final Exam Oral skit / Free dialogue Written Exam for Grammar / Listening / Reading / Writing


Partial Grade Weighing
Attendance 5%
Assignments (2 x 5%) 10%
Vocabulary Quizzes (3 x 5%) 15%
Midterm Exams (2 x 20%) 40%
Final Exam (10% Oral + 20% Written) 30%

End grade

To successfully complete the course, please take note that the end grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the in-class oral and listening performance and exams.


If the end grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is a possibility of retaking the full 80% of the exam material (reading, writing, speaking and listening). No resit for the tutorial (participation) is possible.

Retaking a passing grade

Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2017 – 2018.

Exam review

How and when an exam review takes place will be determined by the examiner. This review will be within 30 days after official publication of exam results.


Blackboard will be used for tutorial groups. Students are requested to enroll on Blackboard for this course, but only after correct enrolment in uSis.

Reading list

The course books are as follows:

  • Song-Hee Kim 2008. Sogang Korean New Series Student’s book 2B. Hawoo. ISBN: 978-89-9249-132-7

  • Song-Hee Kim 2008. Sogang Korean New Series Workbook 2B. Hawoo. ISBN: 978-89-9249-136-5


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis can be found here.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Drs. M.S. CHI (Myong Suk)

When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number and tutorial group number.


This course uses Integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.