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Korean

Korean is spoken by about 80 million people worldwide. Whether you’re interested in exploring the tranquil temples, or “ppalli ppalli” (“hurry hurry”) rush of urban Korea, or engaging with this culture’s innovative communication and entertainment culture, Korean is one of the most modern and tech-forward languages to learn today.

  • 10 weeks

  • All levels

Language support

Our small class sizes allow for high levels of interaction between students and the teacher.

Select your level

Manage freely your lust for learning with our 6 levels of progression. 

Affordable price

Gain new knowledge and expand your skills for the modest price of AUD $395.

Feel at home anywhere with languages

We invite you to spend a few hours every week in Korea with us, to learn the language of Psy, Jun Ji-hyun, BTS, and Lee Kun-hee.

UNSW Global courses are designed to create opportunities for real-life communication practice and connect you with other people who share your interests.

 

Did you know?

  • Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video was the first YouTube video to be reach 1 billion views, and is a parody of the lifestyle seen in Seoul’s wealthy Gangnam district.
  • Korean is unique in its origin, as it was designed specifically to develop widespread literacy in the country by using the simple, phonetic Hangeul

Why study Korean with us?

  • Learn to speak, read and write in Korean

  • Get an insight into Korean culture

  • Communicate confidently when travelling to Korean speaking countries

  • Understand and communicate better with Korean speaking friends or family

  • Improve your current or future employment opportunities

Levels and duration

There are three levels. Each level consists of either 20 weeks of study or 2 x 10-week terms.

Beginners (Level 1)

Module A

Who is this for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those with very little or no previous knowledge of the language.

What topics does it cover?

  • Greetings
  • The Korean alphabets - Hangeul
  • Introducing yourself and others: countries, nationalities, job
  • Objects: asking names, locations and ownerships
  • Family
  • Native Korean numbers
  • Phone/Sino-Korean numbers
  • Birthdays/reading dates
  • Everyday life - expressing time

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Construct syllables in Hangeul
  • Comparison of Korean and English
  • Question words
  • Possessives
  • Markers - subject, place, time
  • Native/Sino-Korean numbers and counting words

What textbook do I need?

Korean Made Easy for Beginners by Seung-Eun Oh*

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will have a basic understanding of the Korean language.


Module B

Who is this for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those with some basic knowledge of the language.

What topics does it cover?

  • Places - directions and locations
  • Transportation -means of transportation and duration
  • Buying things - ordering food and buying tickets
  • A day’s work - daily tasks and frequency
  • Hobbies - Korean films, food and sports etc.
  • Health - talking about health and symptoms
  • Travel - talking about sightseeing and trip
  • Plans and appointments

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Frequency
  • Making suggestions
  • Question words
  • Markers - place and object
  • Descriptive verbs in the present tense and past tense
  • Superlative
  • Negating with an

The future tense

What textbook do I need?

Korean Made Easy for Beginners by Seung-Eun Oh*

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate in a simple way with an increasing range of vocabulary and language functions.

Elementary (Level 2)

Module A

Who is this course for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basics.

What topics does it cover?

  • Beginning your journey in Korea
  • Asking for bus information/how to read bus numbers
  • Asking about subway destinations/ public transportation
  • Greeting someone for the first time
  • Hobbies and personal questions
  • Asking for directions on the street
  • Applying for a foreigner registration card, passports, visa etc.
  • Applying for a bank account
  • Counting money

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Could you please?
  • Command pattern
  • Honorific pattern
  • If (then)
  • Verbs: want to, have to/must

What textbook do I need?

Korean Made Easy for Beginners by Seung-Eun Oh

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will have awareness of grammatical structures and be able to use and understand them in simplified contexts.


Module B

Who is this course for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basics.

What topics does it cover?

  • At a mobile phone store/opening an account
  • At a real estate agency/looking for a house
  • Preparing the necessary items for living in Korea
  • Over the telephone/appointments, movie genres
  • On the street/location references, directions
  • At a movie ticket booth/movie information

At a restaurant/ordering, things in a restaurant

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Can
  • Wish, hope, it would be good if
  • Why don’t we?
  • Cause pattern
  • Formal pattern
  • Relative clause
  • Making present verb and adjective forms
  • Adjectives for describing tastes

What textbook do I need?

Korean Made Easy for Everyday Life by Seung-Eun Oh

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate in and understand the language on practical everyday matters.

Lower Intermediate (Level 3)

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who have a good basic knowledge of the language.

Lower Intermediate 3A and 3B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics does it cover?

  • At an electronics store
  • At a beauty salon
  • At a gym
  • At the post office
  • At a hospital: explaining symptoms
  • At a clothes store: exchanging and getting a refund

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • The comparative
  • The superlative
  • Changing adjectives into adverbs
  • Irregular verb pattern: part I
  • Conjunctions: but, and
  • Would you like to?
  • Explaining reasons
  • Commonly used question words

What textbook do I need?

Korean Made Easy for Everyday Life by Seung-Eun Oh


Module B

What topics does it cover?

  • At home, explaining a problem
  • At a police station, asking for help
  • At a travel agency, flight information/ticketing
  • At a hotel
  • At a travel destination
  • At a coffee shop

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Even though, no matter how
  • Explaining a situation
  • Relative clause
  • Would/could you please?
  • When
  • Stating experience: have (done)
  • Commonly used conjunctions
  • Irregular verb pattern: part 2

What textbook do I need for this level?

Korean Made Easy for Everyday Life by Seung-Eun Oh

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will develop a deeper cultural awareness and be able to converse reasonably fluently with native speakers and discuss personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures.

Courses

These courses run weekly from 9:30am - 11:30am for 10 weeks.

UNSW Staff and Students (not including students on international student visas) can request a code for a 25% discount by clicking here.

Students who are re-enrolling in Modern Language courses can request a code for a 10% discount by clicking here.

Location

UNSW Institute of Languages

223 ANZAC Parade, 

level 2/3 (West Tower, L5 building),

Kensington, NSW 2033

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Important Information

  • This course outline is a guide only. Content may be adjusted by the teacher to meet the needs of the students in the class.
  • This is a non-CRICOS registered course. International Student Visa holders are not eligible to enrol in non-CRICOS registered courses, including Modern Languages and Part-time English / Exam Preparation classes at this time.

    However, international students who are not on a student visa can enrol in these courses. Temporary Residents who want to enrol in Modern Languages or Part-time English / Exam Preparation classes can do so by contacting [email protected]

  • Please note that Commonwealth financial support is not available for Non-Award programs including Global’s Foundation programs and all language courses.