Korean course outline

The Cactus Course Outlines provide a learning framework for the Cactus Foreign Language Evening Courses. They are designed to provide you with a good idea of what you might cover over a 10-week period, and include typical themes, grammar and vocabulary fields. They are flexible rather than prescriptive, in that our teachers may decide to adapt their learning plans to the specific level, aims and interests of their classes. Use the tabs below to view the relevant Korean course outline for your level.

Korean Beginner 1

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Introductions to Hangul and Sound Changes
  • Introducing yourself: greetings – saying “Hello”, and “Goodbye”
  • Likes & dislikes
  • Simple Sentences (Adverbs, Plural, Nouns, Articles)
  • Wanting and not wanting
  • Asking Questions

Grammar:

  • To be
  • Present – simple simple/continuous
  • Particle and very stem
  • Prepositions
  • Topic markers
  • Subject markers
  • But and however
  • Plurals
  • Articles
  • Word order – sentence, question

Cultural Content:

  • Everyday Korean Culture
  • Everyday speaking and polite forms of speech
  • Levels of formality and body language

Skills Work:

  • Focus on speaking/active practice
  • Hangul / Writing / Reading
  • Variety of listening activities
  • Pronunciation – key sounds

Korean Beginner 2

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Asking questions about individual people and things
  • Talking about daily activities and socialising
  • Describing people and things
  • Colours
  • Numbers

Grammar:

  • Subject markers
  • Topic markers
  • Possessive markers
  • Word order and sentence structure
  • Conjugating descriptive verbs
  • Making verbs negative
  • Verbs as adjectives
  • Avoiding repetition
  • Because +
  • Adverbs

Cultural Content:

  • Everyday Korean Culture
  • Everyday speaking and levels of formality
  • Cultural points that relate specifically to the topics of the level

Skills Work:

  • Focus on speaking/active practice
  • Hangul / Writing / Reading
  • Variety of listening activities
  • Pronunciation – key sounds

 

Korean Beginner 3

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Hobbies
  • Telling the time/days of the week/months of the year
  • Making plans and scheduling
  • Shopping
  • Family and relationships
  • Talking about the past

Grammar:

  • Subject markers
  • Topic markers
  • Object markers
  • Using ‘tell me about…’
  • Using ‘please…’
  • Future forms
  • Past forms
  • Pronouns
  • Formal and informal Korean

Cultural Content:

  • Everyday Korean Culture
  • Everyday speaking and levels of formality
  • Cultural points that relate specifically to the topics of the level

Skills Work:

  • Focus on speaking/active practice
  • Hangul / Writing / Reading
  • Variety of listening activities
  • Pronunciation – key sounds

 

Korean Elementary 1

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Age and Birthdays
  • Public transport
  • Music in Korea (and K-pop)
  • Organising parties and events
  • Apologising

Grammar:

  • Noun-modifying form
  • Honorific expressions
  • The clausal connective
  • Sentence endings
  • The progressive form
  • Expressing desire and opinion

Cultural Content:

  • Working out someone’s real age
  • Etiquette when travelling
  • The Korean Wave

Skills Work:

  • Focus on speaking/active practice
  • Hangul / Writing / Reading
  • Variety of listening activities
  • Pronunciation – key sounds

 

Korean Elementary 2

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Extended family
  • Describing people
  • Going to the doctors
  • Taking a taxi
  • Communication: emails, phone calls, messages

Grammar:

  • Sentence endings
  • The clausal connective (sequential)
  • Irregular predicates
  • Negative commands
  • Expressing obligation or necessity

Cultural Content:

  • The family and traditions
  • Religions in Korea
  • The Hell Train (subway in Seoul)

Skills Work:

  • Focus on speaking/active practice
  • Hangul / Writing / Reading
  • Variety of listening activities
  • Pronunciation – key sounds

 

Korean Elementary 3

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Making purchases
  • Making suggestions
  • Describing food and tastes
  • Describing feelings
  • Talking about activities

Grammar:

  • Can/cannot
  • Compound verbs
  • While -ing
  • The nominalizer
  • Negation
  • The conditional
  • The comparative
  • Expressing frequency

Cultural Content:

  • Insa-dong
  • Food culture
  • Popular sports in Korea

Skills Work:

  • Focus on speaking/active practice
  • Hangul / Writing / Reading
  • Variety of listening activities
  • Pronunciation – key sounds

 

 

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