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$390

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.

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.

Please note that this level consists of 20 weeks which are divided into two 10-week modules (A and B). Modules A & B may be taken in any order and are offered on alternating terms. Both modules should be completed before progression to the next level.

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.

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

January Short Course

January Short Course is a two week intensive short course that builds your initial language skills

Level 1A
Monday 15 January 2018 - Thursday 25 January 2018
8 sessions, 20 hours (Course days are Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:15pm - 8:45pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390

Term 1 Evening Courses

Level 1A
Wednesday 7 February – Wednesday 11 April 2018
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, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 1B
Thursday 8 February – Thursday 12 April 2018
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, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 2A
Tuesday 6 February – Tuesday 10 April 2018
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, Kensington
AUD $390

Term 1 Saturday Courses

Level 2A
Saturday 3 February – Saturday 14 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
9:30am - 11:30am UNSW Main Campus - Blockhouse (Building G6) AUD $390

Languages - FAQs

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

There are 6 Levels. These are: Beginners (level 1), Elementary (level 2), Lower Intermediate (level 3), Intermediate (level 4), Upper Intermediate (level 5), and Advanced (level 6). Each level consists of 20 weeks of study, or 2 x 10 week terms.

Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, French and Italian are offered in a variety of levels from Beginners through to Advanced levels. Other languages are offered from Beginners to Intermediate levels. The availability of levels each term depends on student numbers.

Levels 1 and 2 are divided into 10 weeks courses (1A, 1B, 2A and 2B). Courses at these levels must to be taken in sequence because they offer beginners or elementary level instruction which will give the student a basic foundation in the language. Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 are all 20 weeks covering two separate modules over two separate terms.

Yes, you can. Some students may only want to enrol in one 10 week term. However, in order to progress to the next level it is usual for students to study for 20 weeks at the one level.

Course books are chosen by language teachers. See the Course Content section of the website for more information.

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

No. Students are encouraged to purchase their own course books. Course books can be bought in week 1 in the Blockhouse – UNSW Main Campus, or from UNSW bookshop, or online.

We have a policy of employing 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.

All UNSWIL teachers have teaching qualifications and teaching experience.

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

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

UNSWIL 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.

Students 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 (see website Level Guide for further details). For further assistance, please contact Student Enquiries.

Once payment has been made you will receive a payment acknowledgement email and payment receipt. This will be your class confirmation. No further confirmation will be sent. 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. 

Most 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.

Students will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of each level, provided they have attended at least 60% of the term. For students in levels 3,4,5 and 6, certificates will be issued at the completion of the 20-week level.   

No. Payments can be made online using a credit card.  EFTPOS is also accepted.

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.

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