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Advanced Korean Language Training: Reading

Course 2018-2019

Admission requirements

MA Asia Studies students: Korea Studies (120 credits); East Asian Studies (60 credits) – Korea track; and others with sufficient Korean language skills (TOPIK level 4 or above).


This is an advanced-level reading class in Korean with emphasis on careful, active, reflective, and analytic reading. Students will read a variety of authentic texts, which can be structurally and/or linguistically complex. Reading materials encompass a wide range of topics in history, politics, society and culture of Korea, and different genres including scholarly works, literary works, newspapers, and magazines. To increase reading comprehension and to build background knowledge of Korea, students will research on given topics and raise questions to discuss. Students will play an active role in expanding vocabulary as well by creating word lists/word networks.

Course objectives

At the end of the course, a student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of advanced Korean grammar.
  • Have a good command of a broad range of vocabulary, idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms.
  • Understand a wide range of long and complex texts, and recognize implicit meaning.
  • Summarize information from different texts reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
  • Express him/herself clearly in an appropriate style on a variety of general, academic, professional or leisure topics.
  • Understand and actively engage in current debates on historical, political, social and cultural topics of Korea.


The timetable is available on the Asianstudies website

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total workload 280 hours;

  • Contact hours: 4 hours x 13 weeks = 52 hours
  • Preparation for class: 6 hours x 13 weeks = 78 hours
  • Assignments: 6 hours x 13 weeks = 78 hours hours
  • Oral presentations: 40 hours
  • Preparation for final exam: 32 hours

Assessment method

Assessment & Weighing

  • Attendance and active participation: 10%
  • Preparation for class & Assignments: 50%
  • Oral presentations: 20%
  • Final exam: 20%

In case of re-sit, only final exam (20%) can be retaken.

Exam review

If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.

### Blackboard
Blackboard will be used for:
* Sharing all relevant information including syllabus, reading materials and grade;
* Assignment submission

Reading list

To be announced on blackboard.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in [English]) and Dutch


Jin Hee Park


As is the case for all Korean Studies courses, a strict attendance policy will be enforced. Attendance for 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.