Module Catalogue 2023/24

SML2017 : Introduction to Korean

SML2017 : Introduction to Korean

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment

This module is not suitable for native speakers or those with an A-Level (or equivalent) in Korean.
Students must have achieved a minimum of 60% in CHN/JPN1066 or CHN/JPN2010 in Stage 1 in order to take this module. CHN/JPN1065 and CHN/JPN1066 must both have been passed at first attempt.


Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment

In order to take this module, students must be studying on TT12, T901 (with Chinese OR Japanese only or with Chinese OR Japanese and one European language), TN92 (with Chinese OR Japanese only), Y001 (with Chinese OR Japanese).


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this module aims to provide students with an introduction to modern Korean. It aims to give you a basic knowledge of Korean grammar and vocabulary using written and spoken sources. You will also learn to communicate orally in Korean.

Outline Of Syllabus

Korean uses the writing system Han’gŭl which is made up of 10 consonants and 14 vowels (24 letters). The first weeks of the module will therefore be dedicated to learning Han’gŭl including writing and reading.

Basic sentence structure, grammatical systems and vocabulary will be introduced and practised through simulations of everyday situations to ensure students become able to complete and understand basic communication at the beginner’s level.

Work requirements includes weekly exercises, both written and oral.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of this module you will have gained:
- An understanding of basic written texts in Korean
- A knowledge of basic Korean grammar and vocabulary

Intended Skill Outcomes

You will have learned:
- to handwrite basic sentences in Korean
- to read short passages in Korean
- how to pronounce Korean
- to understand basic spoken Korean and converse orally in basic Korean

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching202:0040:00PiP Language seminars
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities301:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study981:0098:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00PiP
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Private study mainly in the Language Resource Centre.

As this is a beginners’ languages course, it is more classroom-based than the other optional modules, hence the
higher number of contact hours. The language teaching will be integrated (oral, aural, and writing skills), rather than compartmentalised, and thereby closer to a real-life situation. This explains why
class tests and group learning are continuous.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Aural Examination302M15N/A
Oral Examination102M15N/A
Written Examination602A40Assessing grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M30Assessing grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MSmall practice assignments throughout the year.
Written exercise2MSmall practice assignments throughout the year.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Written examination (unseen) (40%) - In the 90-minute exam students will be assessed their knowledge of basic grammar and vocab as well as reading and writing skills.

Aural exam (15%) - In the 50-minute in-class exam students will be assessed their listening skills that they have practiced in class.

Oral examination (15%) – In the 10-minute exam students will be assessed basic communication skills that they have practiced in class.

Written exercises (30%) – Students will be assessed their knowledge of basic grammar and vocab as well as reading and writing skills by in-class test.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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