Korean for Post-beginners


Photograph of two women in national costume walking to templeOverview:
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 for Beginners, or an equivalent language competency, which includes knowing how to do basic conjugation.

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: expressions for weekend activities
Culture: sports in Korea, Koreans’ weekend activities

Week 2:
Language: time expressions, making appointments
Culture: Understanding the Korean calendar (solar/lunar), holidays in Korea

Week 3:
Language: Talking about weather
Culture: seasons in Korea, seasonal foods

Week 4:
Language: Possessive expressions; telling what you are good/poor at
Culture: School systems in Korea

Week 5:
Language: Telling time
Culture: Who’s who in Korean politics

Week 6:
Language: Describing progressive expressions
Culture: Medical service in Korea

Week 7:
Language: Making requests
Culture: Using public transportation in Korea

Week 8:
Language: Describing someone’s appearance; recommending
Culture: Gift-giving taboos

Week 9:
Language: Expressing wanting to do something
Culture: Festivals in Korea

Week 10:
Language: Expressing ability
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.