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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024

Module CFLS1K31: Korean Stage 3

Department: Centre for Foreign Language Study

CFLS1K31: Korean Stage 3

Type Open Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • Successful completion of Korean Stage 2 or equivalent prior ability in Korean language. No higher entry Korean language qualification permitted


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

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


  • To review, consolidate and further develop knowledge of the main aspects of the Korean language.
  • To enable students to improve their target language skills effectively.
  • To enable students to communicate competently on a variety of general topics.
  • To foster an understanding of contemporary Korean society and culture.
  • To develop presentation skills in Korean.
  • To develop essay writing in different styles.


  • Most functional and notional topics studied at this level will be referenced by the main course book. Class materials will be supplemented by online and other independent resources
  • Oral activities will promote the basis for developing confidence, flexibility and fluency in conversations, as well as presentation skills.
  • As part of this module students are required to complete a small project which will evenly demonstrate students’ reading and writing skills as well as cultural awareness.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • On successful completion of this module learners will be able to:
  • Communicate and interact in Korean in most general conversational circumstances
  • demonstrate a wide range of knowledge and understanding of the main linguistic principles, structures and registers of the target language.
  • demonstrate a deeper knowledge and understanding of various aspects of Korean cultures and societies.
  • demonstrate a more advanced knowledge of aspects of Korean social, economic and political structures.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • On successful completion of the module learners will be able to:
  • write essays related to both personal and social spheres, expressing and discussing views;
  • enter into conversation with confidence on issues related to the topics studied in class;
  • understand and report on the main points of a selection of standard speech and authentic passages in the target language regarding current affairs, customs and social issues
  • relate to a series of contemporary events and take part in semi-structured discussion on current affairs, customs and social issues;
  • apply a range of grammatical principles to the use of the target language;
  • make effective use of references material such as grammars and dictionaries;
  • use a range of language learning techniques and skills effectively by independently developing strategies to extend their lexis and knowledge of grammar.
Key Skills:
  • On successful completion of this module learners will be able to:
  • give an oral presentation in Korean;
  • write an essay demonstrating an ability to organise ideas in a logical and coherent sequence in sustained prose using the target language, and critically analyse arguments;
  • communicate information, ideas and arguments both orally and in writing;
  • gather, process and reference information from a variety of sources and resources;
  • deal effectively with a range of situations whilst in Korea.

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

  • This module is delivered through seminar style classes.
  • 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 introduced 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 formative and summative in-course assessment.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Seminar 60 three times per week 1 hour 60
Preparation, reading and assessment 140
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Reading & Writing Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written assessment (term 1) 50 minutes 40% No
Written assessment (term 2) 50 minutes 60% Yes
Component: Speaking & Listening Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Video presentation, research-based (Term 2) 15 minutes 40% No
Group oral assessment with pre-prepared listening tasks 20 minutes 60% Yes

Formative Assessment:

Regular homework/assignments will be given to the students to practise and consolidate what they have done in class and to prepare for the following session, some of which will be submitted and marked as formative assignments and regular feedback will be given to the students accordingly.

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