UNSW Institute of Languages

Courses

Korean

Korean is one of the world’s oldest living languages. Korea is a leading trade partner with Australia. It is also a major source of tourism and migration with the largest concentration of Korean speaking Australians living right here in Sydney. When you study with us at UNSW Institute of Languages you will learn to speak, read and write Korean in a supportive environment as you develop your language skill through each level of study.

Duration Average class size Levels Fee
10 weeks 12 students Beginner to Advanced AUD$395

Key Benefits

  • Learn to speak, read and write Korean as you progress through the course levels.
  • Communicate more confidently when travelling to the Korean peninsula.
  • Understand and communicate better with Korean speaking friends or family.
  • Improve your current or future employment opportunities with the addition of a foreign language skill.
  • Small class sizes allow for high levels of interaction between students and the teacher.
  • Highly qualified and experienced teachers and advanced classroom technology create an ideal learning environment.

If you are currently on a Student Visa, you are only eligible to enrol in CRICOS registered courses.
All others (including international students on other visas) can enrol in non-CRICOS registered courses, such as Modern Language courses and Part-time English courses. Please contact admissions@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au or call 9385 0555 if you require further information.

The textbook for these courses is available from UNSW Bookshop on UNSW main campus, Abbey’s Bookshop (131 York St, Sydney). View the textbook prices available at UNSW Bookshop. Please note that if a language course is cancelled, UNSW Bookshop will only consider a refund for a textbook bought at UNSW Bookshop if the book has not sustained any damage or been written in.

Please note: This course outline is a guide only. Content may be adjusted by the teacher to meet the needs of the students in the class.

Course Level Guides

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have very little or no previous knowledge of the language.

Text Book: Korean Made Easy for Beginners by Seung-Eun Oh* although both the Romanized and Kana versions of this book are available, it is recommended that students use the Kana version if they want to improve reading and writing skills

This level covers the following topics:

  • Greetings
  • The Korean alphabets - Hangeu
  • Introducing yourself and others - countries/nationalities/job
  • Objects - asking the name, location and ownership
  • Family/The native Korean numbers
  • Phone/Sino-Korean numbers
  • Birthdays/Reading dates
  • Everyday life - expressing time

Language/grammar points include:

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

  • have an understanding of the basics of the language
  • be able to communicate in a limited way on some practical everyday matters.

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have some basic knowledge of the language.

Text Book: Korean Made Easy for Beginners by Seung-Eun Oh

This level covers the following topics:

  • 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 & appointments

Language/grammar points include:

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

be able to communicate in a simple way with an increasing range of vocabulary and language functions.

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

Text Book: Japanese for Busy People I - Lessons 12 - 18* although both the Romanized and Kana versions of this book are available, it is recommended that students use the Kana version if they want to improve reading and writing skills.

This level covers the following topics:

  • 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 & personal questions
  • Asking for directions on the street
  • Applying for a foreigner registration card/ passports, visa, extras
  • Applying for a bank account / reading and counting money

Language/grammar points include:

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

  • have awareness of some grammatical structures
  • be able to use and understand them in simplified contexts.

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

Text Book: Korean Made Easy for Everyday Life by Seung-Eun Oh.

This level covers the following topics:

  • At a cell phone store/ Opening a cell phone 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

Language/grammar points include:

  • 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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

be able to communicate in and understand the language on many practical everyday matters.

Module A

Text Book: Korean Made Easy for Everyday Life by Seung-Eun Oh.

This level covers the following topics:

  • At an electronics store/ shopping & electronics
  • At a beauty salon/ hairstyle
  • At a gym/ asking for information, facilities and requirements
  • At the post office/ words for the post office
  • At a hospital/ explaining symptoms
  • At a clothes store/ exchanging and getting a refund

Language/grammar points include:

  • 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

Module B

Text Book: Korean Made Easy for Everyday Life by Seung-Eun Oh.

This level covers the following topics:

  • At home, explaining a problem
  • At a police station, asking for help
  • At a travel agency, flight information/ticketing
  • At a hotel, Hotel vocabulary/ hotel items
  • At a travel destination, travel vocabulary
  • At a coffee shop, talking about Korea

Language/grammar points include:

  • 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 II

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to converse reasonably fluently with native speakers
  • discuss some personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures.

Cultural awareness will be further developed. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be developed.

We recommend that you refer to the Level Guide to select the most suitable level. If you need further help selecting a level, please contact our Enquiries staff on 9385 0555 or enquiries@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au

Please note that it is not always possible to transfer into a different level after enrolling.

If there isn’t a class to suit you, please join the waiting list and we will notify you when it is available.

Summer short courses

Level 1A
Monday January 14 - Thursday January 24, 2019
8 sessions, 20 hours
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:15pm - 8:45pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, level 2 East Tower classrooms, Kensington
AUD $395

Term 1 Evening Courses

Level 1A
Wednesday February 6 – Wednesday April 10, 2019
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, level 2/3 (West Tower, L5 building), Kensington
AUD $395
Level 1B
Thursday February 7 – Thursday April 11, 2019
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, level 2/3 (West Tower, L5 building), Kensington
AUD $395

Term 1 Saturday Courses

Level 2A
Saturday February 9 - Saturday April 13, 2019
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
9:30am - 11:30am UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, level 2/3 (West Tower, L5 building), Kensington
AUD $395

Languages - FAQs

A course is one term of tuition. Each term is 10 weeks in duration.

We offer 6 levels of progression, which are divided into modules A and B. These are: Beginners (1A & 1B), Elementary (2A & 2B), Lower Intermediate (3A & 3B), Intermediate (4A & 4B), Upper Intermediate (5A & 5B), and Advanced (6A & 6B). Level 6B is an open-ended level that can continue indefinitely – some level 6 classes have been running for over 20 years!

The levels offered for each language vary from term to term and language to language. We are able to offer most levels for more popular languages, while levels for other languages are usually more limited. Check under the Dates and Fees tab the language you want to study to find out which levels are currently available.

Yes, you can. Some students may only want to enrol in one 10 week term.

Course books are chosen by language teachers. Check under the Level Guide tab of each language for more information.

Teachers follow the course books but often also provide additional materials for students.

No. We strongly encourage you to purchase their own course books. Course books can be bought from UNSW bookshop (UNSW main campus, building E15), Abbey’s Bookshop (131 York St, Sydney) or online. Please note that if a language course is cancelled, UNSW Bookshop will only consider a refund for a textbook bought at UNSW Bookshop if the book has not sustained any damage or been written in.

We prefer to employ teachers who are native speakers. All teachers will either be native speakers or have spent considerable time in a country in which the language is spoken.

Our teachers have at least one teaching qualification and teaching experience.

Classes have an average of 10-12 students, with 18 being the maximum number.

The minimum age for our students is 18. There is no maximum age.

Our language courses do not have formal exams or tests, but revision is conducted through a range of other methods depending on the class and the teacher.

You should self-assess their language level before enrolling in a course by considering the number of hours they have spent studying the language prior to the course and their experience of the language (check information under the Level Guide tab for further details). For further assistance, please contact Student Enquiries on 9385 0555 or enquiries@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au

Once payment has been made, you will receive a payment acknowledgement email and payment receipt. Please refer to the course dates, times and location details shown under the Dates and Fees tab in order to avoid missing the course start date. If we have to cancel a class due to insufficient enrolments you will be sent a class cancellation email 1 to 2 days before the class was due to begin.

Yes. Students who have applied for a course that is cancelled will receive a refund which may take up to 3 weeks to process. We often contact you first to see if you would like to transfer into another level before we officially withdraw your application and process your refund. For further information, please refer to our Conditions of Enrolment..

Yes. Online applications close at the end of week 3 of each term. However, it’s always best to apply as early as possible as we cancel classes that do not receive enough applications.

Most of our courses focus on speaking and listening and the essential grammar and vocabulary required to improved verbal and aural fluency. Courses focus less on writing and reading.

There is street parking on Day Avenue and streets just west of Anzac Parade. Restricted campus parking is also available in the UNSW car park on the corner of Day Ave and Anzac Parade.

The Summer short courses run in January and offer languages at Introduction level (1A and sometimes 1B). 20 hours of tuition are offered over 8 evenings (Mon-Thurs) so that a student can complete a whole level in less than 2 weeks.

2018 term timetable

Part-time Evening

Note that evening classes are offered one evening per week. Check the Dates & Fees tab for the evening each course is offered for the upcoming term.

Session Start Date Finish Date
Term 1 5 Feb (Mon) - 8 Feb (Thurs) 16 April (Mon)
Term 2 30 Apr (Mon) – 3 May (Thurs) 9 July (Mon)
Term 3 23 July (Mon) – 26 July (Thurs) 27 September (Thurs)
Term 4 8 Oct (Mon) – 11 Oct (Thurs) 13 December (Thurs)

Part-time Saturday

Note that Saturday classes are offered one morning per week. Check the Dates and Fees tab for the list of courses offered for the upcoming term.

Session Start Date Finish Date
Term 1 3 Feb 14 April
Term 2 5 May 7 July
Term 3 28 July 29 September
Term 4 13 October 15 December

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