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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2022-2023 (archived)


Department: Centre for Foreign Language Study


Type Open Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • Korean Stage 1 or an equivalent qualification subject to decision by the module's language coordinator. No higher entry Korean language qualification permitted.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Any Core Language Module offered as part of the BA Modern Languages and Cultures


  • To consolidate and revise prior knowledge
  • To develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in the target language.
  • To enable students to function effectively in a general social context
  • To extend lexis and knowledge of grammar
  • To develop basic essay writing skills
  • To promote intercultural awareness


  • The first part of this module aims to consolidate and revise prior knowledge, which will involve a comprehensive review of basic language structures followed by the further study of key aspects of grammar.
  • Most functional and notional topics studied at this level will be determined by the main course book, supplemented with handouts and digital resources.
  • Oral activities will promote the basis for developing confidence, flexibility and fluency in conversations.
  • All teaching materials will be Hangul based, hence students will achieve full competency in reading and writing in Hangul.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of this module, students are expected to:
  • demonstrate further knowledge and understanding of the linguistic principles, structures and registers of the target language;
  • demonstrate knowledge of some aspects of the social, economic and political structures of Korea;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of some features of Korean culture and society gained through the study of cultural topics.
  • This module will introduce approximately 1500 new vocabulary items;
  • by the end of the modules students will have a vocabulary of around 2500 items ; this is broadly equivalent to level A2 in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
Subject-specific Skills:
  • On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
  • extract relevant information from mainly descriptive written sources containing a of high-frequency volume of everyday language;
  • write short essays in Korean related to both personal and social spheres, expressing and discussing views; understand the main points of clear standard speech and authentic aural passages on familiar topics from typical everyday situations;
  • relate a series of events and take part in a structured discussion on familiar topics;
  • apply a range of grammatical principles; make effective use of reference materials such as grammars and dictionaries;
  • use a range of language-learning techniques and skills by independently developing strategies to extend their lexis and knowledge of grammar.
Key Skills:
  • By the end of this module, students will be able to:
  • communicate information, ideas and opinions both orally and in writing;
  • give a short class presentation in Korean;
  • gather and process information from a variety of paper, audio-visual and electronic resources;
  • narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or a film;
  • use IT effectively both as a means of communication and as an aid to learning;
  • demonstrate some ability as an independent learner;
  • deal with a variety of situations likely to arise whilst abroad.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • This module is delivered through three 1-hour seminars each week
  • Contact time will be used to introduce new material and provide the students with high quality target language input from the module tutor and multimedia sources.
  • In preparation for each session students will be expected to revise new material and complete formative language exercises.
  • The assessment scheme for this module is designed to test students' level of attainment in language production (speaking and writing) and reception (listening and reading).
  • In order to reflect the continuous nature of the language learning process the module will be assessed by a combination of continuous formative and summative in-course assessment.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Seminars 60 three times per week 1 hour 60
Preparation and Reading 140
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Language Tasks Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Project assignments (Term 1) 100% Yes
Component: Reading and Writing Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Independent research project (Term 2) 60 minutes 100% Yes
Component: Speaking and Listening Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Individual oral assessment with pre-prepared listening tasks (Weeks 21-22) 15 minutes 100% Yes

Formative Assessment:

Students will be given assignments to practise and consolidate new skills as well as to assess the students’ ability to transfer their knowledge to new situations. All formative assessments will be submitted to the module tutor. Summative language portfolio assignments will also fulfil a formative role since full feed-back will be provided to students.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University