• Class Number 3711
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
SELT Survey Results

The course uses Korean film to enhance students’ ability to listen, speak, read and write Korean with nuance and sophistication. Films provide excellent learning tools for developing advanced level language skills and also for gaining historical and sociocultural understanding. Students will view a variety of films that touch on Korean history, culture and society. The films will serve as a resource for modelling grammar and discourse patterns that are common in conversational Korean. The lecture is largely designed to guide and facilitate students’ active learning to gain advanced level Korean in both oral and written forms.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a sophisticated command of the spoken and written vocabulary, sentence structures, and styles appropriate to a wide range of topics on Korean film and society, using honorifics as the situation demands.
  2. Independently gather and appraise Korean source materials; summarise and evaluate the main ideas of complex Korean texts.
  3. Appreciate the linguistic and visual styles used in different film genres with an appropriate mode of critical discourse.
  4. Read, discuss, and analyse a range of cultural and socio-political phenomena.

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Additional Course Costs


Required Resources

No required textbooks

Korean Dictionary for foreigners, Today’s Korean Conversation, and etc. Apps for both Apple and android available

  • Talk To Me In Korean (TTMIK) Website: https://talktomeinkorean.com/

Youtube Chanel: https://www.youtube.com/user/talktomeinkorean

  • Watch Korean TV programs for free:
  1. SBS VOD: Apps for both Apple and android available
  2. VIKI Rakuten TV: Stream Korean Dramas and TV Shows with English subtitles for free (https://www.viki.com/) Apps for both Apple and android available 
  3. Netflix & Language Learning with Netflix (extension): Some Korean shows/Dramas even allow you to switch between English and Korean subtitles (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/language-learning-with-ne/hoombieeljmmljlkjmnheibnpciblicm?hl=en)

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Orientation & Introduction ??? ??? ??? * Please note this schedule is subject to change. Sign up for the group and individual presentation schedule on Wattle) Tutorial: Initial meeting with your language exchange partner
2 Memories of My Youth Film 1: Sunny ?? (2011)
3 Reading and discussion on Film 1 Individual presentations Submission: Final project proposal
4 Life Journey from a child's perspective Film 2: A Brand New Life ??? (2009) Group presentation 1 *14 March (Canberra Day)
5 Reading and discussion on Film 2 Individual presentations
6 Struggle with diversity Film 3: Like a Virgin ???? ??? (2006) Group presentation 2 Tutorial: Mid-semester meeting with your language exchange partner Teaching Break (4-16 April)
7 Reading and discussion on Film 3 18 April (Easter Monday) Submission: Final project script
8 Korea towards a multicultural society? Film 4: Punch ??? (2011) Group presentation 3 * ANZAC Day: 25 April (Monday)
9 Reading and discussion on Film 4 Individual presentations
10 What happened in Gwangju, 1980 Film 5: A Taxi Driver ????? (2014) Group presentation 4
11 Reading and discussion on Film 5 Individual presentations Submission: Final project video clip
12 Final Project Showcase & Review Tutorial: Wrap-up meeting with your language exchange partner

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Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Participation 15% 10 % 27/05/2022 27/05/2022 1, 3, 4
THREE individual presentations 30% 20 % 11/03/2022 25/03/2021 1, 3
Group presentation: Movie introduction 15% 15 % 18/03/2022 31/03/2021 1,2, 3
Final project: movie recommendation podcast 20% 20 % 20/05/2022 11/06/2022 1, 2, 3, 4
Final examination 20% 25 % * * 1, 2, 3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


See Assessment 1 for details.


See Assessment 5 for details.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 27/05/2022
Return of Assessment: 27/05/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4

Participation 15%

Attendance is not marked per se, but classroom participation is crucial for enhancing proficiency in a foreign language. Students are strongly encouraged to attend all sessions and make the best opportunity to practice Korean. You won't be assessed based on the level of language proficiency, so don't be afraid of making mistakes! To obtain a passing mark in participation, students should show consistent and engaged participation aligned with the learning outcomes of the course in the following activities:

  1. Homework assignments (5%): Watch a film of the week and submit 4 notes on your thoughts and 10 useful lines after watching films on Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 (Exempted if you have a group presentation on the same week). **Note: Homework assignments should be turned in before the class starts in order to receive full credit. Homework submitted after the class has started or one day late will be given half credit. Any later submission will receive no credit.
  2. In-class activities in lectures and tutorials (5%): This course is heavily discussion-oriented. You must be prepared to be engaged in every lecture and tutorial session and to communicate in Korean with your peers and the instructor as much as possible.
  3. 4-5: Active involvement and strong engagement in lectures and tutorial activities (e.g., asking questions, responding to questions, cooperation with peers, speaking exercises, and punctuality)
  4. 2-3: Moderate participation in classes 
  5. 1: Little participation in classes 
  6. 0: Missed more than 1/3 of lectures and tutorials 
  7. Weekly peer-learning meeting (5%): In addition to the regular lecture and tutorial sessions, students will need to participate in a one-hour weekly meeting with a Korean language exchange partner throughout the semester. You are required to submit a piece of evidence each week (e.g., a snapshot of their screen or workout sheet). The peer-learning session will provide students with opportunities to practice how to articulate and exchange their ideas in Korean effectively. More details will be provided in the first week of the semester. 

Students are required to practice Korean verbally and interact with one another actively but respectfully in both lectures and tutorials. Participation marks cannot be earned at sessions not attended, so absence from those sessions will result in a loss of opportunity to earn marks. Absence, arriving late, or leaving early (more than 10 minutes) without notification is considered tardy. If you cannot be present in class on time, contact your instructor at least 12 hours in advance. It is your responsibility to keep track of your performance and take any necessary measures. NO adjustments (e.g. by doing “extra credit” work, etc.) will be made at the end of the semester for any reason. Students who have issues with participating in the majority of classes or require academic accommodations must contact the course convenor at the beginning of the semester if not before.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 11/03/2022
Return of Assessment: 25/03/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3

THREE individual presentations 30%

Each student will need to submit THREE pieces of writing (appx. 800 characters long with no spaces) and give in-class presentations over the course of this semester (Due on Weeks 3, 5, 7, 9, or 11):

  1. Film critique: Write an analytical film review of the week based on the in-class discussion sessions. Express your opinions of the film and support your criticism convincingly. Write in a plain style (-? form).
  2. Creative story-telling: Imagine yourself as a character or a director of a film of the week and create your own version different from the original story. You may also create a prequel or sequel of the film. Write in a plain (-? form) or casual/polite style (-?/?? form).
  3. A letter to a director or a character: You can write a letter to a film director or character of the week. You may also imagine yourself as a character and write a letter to another character of the week. Write in a plain style (-? form).

Students are expected to: i) gather your information and thoughts about the film; ii) analyse metaphors and themes of the films you watch and; iii) improve your writing skills in Korean. No visual aids are required in your presentation. However, you should include a title of your presentation, glossary and two comprehension questions for your audience (max. 1 page) in your writing assignments and provide it in your presentation. Your scripts can be hand-written or typed but they must be double-spaced (written in every other line) in order to provide enough room for any correction or feedback needed.

Evaluation criteria: 

  • Basic requirements: a title of your writing, length, deadline, completion of other required components, etc.
  • Content: appropriate and accurate use of vocabulary and grammar patterns, originality, flow, etc.  
  • Delivery: volume, pace, pronunciation, eye contact, body language, expression of emotions, etc.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 18/03/2022
Return of Assessment: 31/03/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2, 3

Group presentation: Movie introduction 15%

All students are required to participate in an in-class presentation to introduce a film of the week in a small group (2-3 members) on Weeks 4, 6, 8 or 10. This group presentation will allow you to gain experience in reading and summarising information from Korean source materials and to achieve an in-depth understanding of a film through teamwork.

  • Submission (1-2 pages): I) the outline of the film (genre, director, plot, cast, interesting bits about the film, selected scenes, one-line star review, etc.; ii) analyses of 2-3 selected scenes (e.g. metaphors and themes of the films); and iii) glossary for the audience
  • Presentation (appx. 15 minutes): Presenters may use PowerPoint slides and notes to help their presentation. Don't read out to the class unless you are citing quoted material from printed texts. Students will sign up on Wattle in W1 to schedule their group presentations.

There will be both group marks (on the basic requirements and content) and individual marks (on delivery). You will be graded based upon:

  • Basic requirements: one-line star review, length, deadline, completion of other required components, etc.
  • Content: factual information, organisation, quality of ideas and understanding, language usage (accuracy, appropriateness, etc.), etc.  
  • Delivery: volume, pace, pronunciation, eye contact, body language, expression of emotions, etc.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 20/05/2022
Return of Assessment: 11/06/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Final project: movie recommendation podcast 20%

Each student will create a 10 minutes podcast about a movie recommendation with the help of your language partner. You may select any Korean film that has not been featured in this course. You will play the role of a guest (e.g., character or director of the film) of the podcast who will introduce the overview of a film, explain the reasons for the recommendation, and analyse the film in-depth with your commentaries. Your language partner will be the host of the podcast who will introduce and interview the guest (you) and wrap up the show. You are expected to work closely with your partner throughout the semester to exchange feedback, practice reading and acting, and record the podcast video. However, you are solely responsible for the entire process of your final project. It is your responsibility to draft the interview questions and answers and edit the video recordings if necessary. If you are having problems with your group, please try to reach out to me early on and let me see what I can do to help.


  1. 1-page proposal (Week 3): i) names of participants and their roles in the podcast; ii) a brief outline of the film of your choice; and iii) discussion topics in focus along with a few sample questions that stimulate thinking about the film. Take enough time to select movies to recommend. The topic may be related to one of the themes discussed in the course and examine a phenomenon that has not been examined in detail. After selecting your theme and movie(s) to introduce, watch the entire movie(s) of your choice. Review the specific scenes you want to discuss and take notes on them.read criticism and reviews relevant to the movie(s) and take notes from the readings as a resource to organize your own interpretation of its meaning.
  2. Script (Week 7): Your script should include a title of your podcast, names of the group members and their roles. Attach a glossary for the audience to the end of the script. Do not simply copy and paste translated sentences from online. Scripts that rely heavily on translation tools will result in point deductions.
  3. Final video clip (Week 11): Your performance should be natural and engaging. You should not read off your scripts (whether directly or hidden somewhere where the camera cannot reach – viewers can tell!). Make sure to speak in a clear tone and at an audible volume. Practice enough before shooting to speak and act as natural as possible. English subtitles and a credit reel are not mandatory but welcome. The performance of your language partner won't be part of your assessment.


  1. Start with a clear and short overview of the film: What is your movie about? What makes this movie worth watching? Why would you recommend this movie? Take your time to consider how to engage with your audience in your introduction of the film(s) because most of the class won't have seen the movie.
  2. Demonstrate a level of sophisticated analysis. This is where you elaborate on your interpretations of the film with a more focused analysis of some particular aspect of the movie. Which scenes reveal your points of recommendation? How efficiently? Use two or three short film clips to illustrate your points. You may analyse film technique, details about the acting, script, costumes, soundtrack or other elements involved in filmmaking to develop your point of view.
  3. Demonstrate your ability to deliver cross-cultural comparison in detail and to debate on different opinions or interpretations persuasively. Gather, appraise and cite Korean language source materials (e.g. relevant news articles, statistics and/or a film review). Draw information from at least two external sources to deepen your discussion. Look for reviews that are substantive (more than superficial praise or criticism).

Evaluation criteria:

  • Basic requirements: length, deadline, number of critiques and/or reviews read and incorporated, completion of other required components, etc.
  • Content: organisation, clarity, quality of ideas and understanding, language usage (accuracy, appropriateness, etc.), originality, etc.  
  • Delivery: volume, pace, pronunciation, eye contact, body language, expression of emotions, etc.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Final examination 20%

A final examination will be held during the final exam period after Week 12. The final test will evaluate your writing, reading, listening comprehension, speaking skills on the basis of the course materials (movie lines, workout sheets, reading materials, lecture and discussion notes) on the five films featured in this course. This will test students’ use of vocabulary and useful expressions, the accuracy of grammar and sentence structures along with proper spellings, conjugations, particles and conjugations. More details will be provided close to the final exam period.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Online submission must meet the following requirements:

  1. All written assignments, hand-written or typed exams must provide enough room for any correction or feedback needed. Please write or type in every other line.
  2. Convert your documents to a correct file format before submitting them to Wattle. 
  3. Typed assignments must be double-spaced in 12-point font and be submitted in an MS Word file (.docx).
  4. Hand-written essays must be submitted in a PDF file (NO .png, .jpg, etc.).

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (handwritten assignments, artworks, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Students who need an extension should obtain prior approval from the instructor. Full credit will be granted only for assignments turned in on time. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day: i.e., 1 day late 10% deduction, 2 days late 20% deduction, etc. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. In order to avoid a penalty, students are encouraged to submit their assignments prior to the deadlines. 

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Teachers will endeavour to return all assignments within two weeks, and all mid-term test results upon the end of the mid-term break.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Assignments may sometimes be resubmitted, but only upon the instruction/invitation of the course tutor.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Research Interests

Korean language and culture; language pedagogy; linguistic politeness; language ideology; linguistic anthropology


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