• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Korean
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
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This course introduces students to modern spoken Korean and to its writing system, Hangeul. In Korean 1 students begin to develop basic listening and reading comprehension as well as oral and written Korean communication skills. Emphasis is placed upon learning to recognise, pronounce and write the Korean alphabet and its most common consonant clusters. Students also will have the opportunity to learn a range of common sentence patterns and read and write basic sentences, which allow them to write and speak about a range of everyday situations. Conversational and cultural situations covered in the course include meeting and greeting, describing possessions, and making basic use of honorifics in conversation and writing.   

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Recognise and pronounce the basic consonants and vowel sounds of Korean.
  2. Read and write the Korean alphabet and its most common consonant clusters.
  3. Use an active vocabulary of around 400 items.
  4. Recognise and apply in conversation and writing a limited range of simple sentence structures and tenses for everyday situations.
  5. Communicate in speech and writing to introduce themselves and others, to ask and answer questions about such personal information as where they live, their acquaintances, and their possessions; make basic use of honorifics in conversation and writing.
  6. Demonstrate a basic understanding of common socio-cultural activities such as self-introduction in the classroom and communicating with teachers and family members.

Other Information

On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at a Beginner level of Korean.

Students with native speaker proficiency (may include cognate languages and dialects) or with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to undertake a language proficiency assessment to ensure enrolment at the most appropriate level. Relevant past experience includes:

  • Previous study of the language (both formal and informal, for example but not limited to, at school, or, home, or through online activities, etc.)
  • Being exposed to the language in childhood via a family member or friend
  • Travel or living in a country where the language is spoken
  • The language being spoken in your home (even if you do not speak it yourself)


Students who require a proficiency test must review the language proficiency assessment site and contact the CAP Student Centre for appropriate enrolment advice. Students who are not sure if they need to undertake a language proficiency assessment should seek advice from the course or language convenor. Students who intentionally misrepresent their language proficiency level may be investigated under the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 as having failed to comply with assessment directions and having sought unfair advantage. This may result in a penalty such as reduced grades or failure of the course.


Students are not permitted to enrol in a language course below one that they have already successfully completed, except with permission of the language and/or course convenor.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Homework assignments (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Quizzes (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Mid-term oral exam (25) [LO 3,4,5,6]
  4. Final oral exam (25) [LO 3,4,5,6]
  5. Final written test (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  6. Class participation (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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Five contact hours per week. Total workload for the course is 130 hours including independent study. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with KORE6120

Prescribed Texts

1) Seoul University Korean 1A: Workbook (Seoul University Language Education center, 2013).  

2) Seoul University Korean 1A: Student's Book (Seoul University Language Education center, 2013).

Also refer to the course Wattle site for information on obtaining the textbooks. 

Other photocopied worksheets will be provided. 

Preliminary Reading

TBA. Refer to the course Wattle site for more information. 


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2133 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In-Person and Online View

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