Centre for Continuing Education

Korean Course 101 (Level 1): Beginners

Korean. Learn Korean with us.

COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.

Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Korean is spoken by over 75 million people worldwide. Although spoken mostly in North and South Korea, Australia and several other countries have large Korean populations who speak the language.
This introductory course introduces learners to simple vocabulary, greetings and numbering, the alphabet ‘Han-Geul’, and also provides an insight to Korean culture. No prior knowledge of the language is required.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • exchange basic greetings
  • briefly introduce yourself
  • ask and answer simple questions about the name of things
  • recognise the Korean alphabet, Han-Geul, including vowels and consonants
  • talk about numbers relating to contact numbers, date of birth and pricing
  • describe places where you are going.


This course covers the following topics:

  • A brief introduction of Han-Geul (the Korean alphabet)
  • Greetings and meeting people
  • Korean alphabet writing system and pronunciation
  • Asking the name of things, eg 'What is this? It is a bag'
  • Talking about the location of a person and a building
  • Telling the time, dates, days and months
  • Numbers – Sino numbers and pure numbers

Intended audience

Suitable for beginners.


No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Delivery style

Delivered as a series of interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged.

Prescribed text

New Sogang Korean 1A Student’s Book by Seoung Hee Kim, ISBN 9788976995728.

New Sogang Korean 1A Workbook by Seoung Hee Kim, ISBN 9788976995735.

Based on Pre-chapters 1-4 and Chapters 1-2 of the above text. The text is used for activities and forms the basis for consolidation and practice.

Textbooks should only be purchased after confirmation is received from us. This usually occurs up to five days prior to commencement.

Suggested textbook suppliers


Language Book Centre

Take your enrolment confirmation and a copy of this page to the Language Book Centre to receive a 10% discount off the price of the recommended text.

Please note that in some cases, our suggested supplier may not stock your prescribed text. Please check stock availability prior to signing up for any membership.

Please note

Selected courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.


Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October.

Apply for the language repeat discount.

What others say.

  • From all of my time trying to learn Korean, I’ve never successfully learnt any until I took this course. I’m very happy that I did. The Instructor was great in delivering the topic of interest and did an excellent job in making the course not just about the Korean language but also personalised from their experiences as a Korean, for individual students who wanted to know more about Korea. Thank you!

  • I love how the tutor is very engaging and helpful, giving us constructive feedback, and allowing us to learn the language in the best way.

  • Fantastic introductory course and an incredibly helpful teacher.

  • The seonsaeng was very friendly and knowledgeable, taking time to spend with each student and also allowed students to work at their own pace. I thoroughly enjoyed the classes. I highly recommend the tutor.

  • Very satisfied with the quality of the course and the way the material was presented by the tutor. The tutor had fantastic presentation skills and went at a pace that enabled me to learn things quickly and efficiently.

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What others say.

  • My tutor made the classes so fun and comfortable. I learnt so much.
  • The tutor was an absolute delight. So kind, patient, and warm towards the students. I would recommend this course to anyone and can't speak highly enough of the tutor.
  • Very satisfied with the quality of the course and the way the material was presented by the tutor. The tutor had fantastic presentation skills and went at a pace that enabled me to learn things quickly and efficiently.
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