Korean for Post-beginners


This course is designed for those who want to expand their Korean language skills and understanding of the culture to a post-beginner’s level. You will learn to link short sentences and use modifiers to express more complex thoughts. You will also acquire a deeper understanding about Korean society.

Target audience:
This course is for anyone who has completed Korean Language and Culture for Beginners, or an equivalent language competency (around 16 learning hours).

Learning objectives:
By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • link two or more simple sentences to describe lists or sequences of actions and ‘cause and effect’ relationships
  • speak and write more complex Korean by using modifying elements
  • show a deeper knowledge of Korean society and culture.

Course outline:
Week 1

  • Language: Formal speech style
  • Culture: School systems in Korea

Week 2

  • Language: Making suggestions, expressing feelings
  • Culture: Who’s who in Korean politics

Week 3

  • Language: Expressing symptoms and prohibitions
  • Culture: Medical services in Korea

Week 4:

  • Language: Expressing reasons for actions
  • Culture: Emergency calls

Week 5

  • Language: Requests
  • Culture: Using public transportation in Korea

Week 6

  • Language: Describing someone’s appearance, making recommendations
  • Culture: Gift-giving taboos

Week 7

  • Language: Expressing desire to perform an action
  • Culture: Festivals in Korea

Week 8

  • Language: Expressing ability to perform an action
  • Culture: Making kimchi, types of kimchi

A short break is held halfway through each session and tea and coffee are provided. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments if you wish.

Mi Young Kim is a native of South Korea with over 20 years of teaching experience in Korean language and culture in both Korea, where she received a teaching excellence award, and New Zealand. She holds a teacher’s qualification from Korea and an MA in applied linguistics from Victoria University. She recently also completed a course in teaching of Korean as a foreign language at Seoul National University. She has also translated several pieces of Korean literature into English with Stephen Epstein, the Director of Victoria University’s Asian Studies Programme.

Class limit:
This course is limited to 20 participants, so please enrol early.

Relevant Links:
School of Languages and Cultures

For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556,  Email: conted@vuw.ac.nz

Please note: Courses need a minimum number of enrolments to go ahead. If your course doesn’t reach the number required, we’ll have to cancel it. If this happens, we’ll contact you by phone or email about a week before the scheduled start date and arrange a full refund. Please check your emails regularly.