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Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Korean I

Indian Institute of Technology Madras and NPTEL via Swayam


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ABOUT THE COURSE: Korean I introduces students to the Korean language and culture as the first elementary course. Through this course, a foundation in communicative competence at the beginner level will be built. The course combines the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and uses real-life scenarios to convey basic grammar and vocabulary. To ensure maximum exposure to the new language, classes are conducted as much as possible in Korean. Multimedia will be used to enhance language learning and cultural awareness. The course assumes no prior knowledge of Korean. It is intended for the beginner who has never studied Korean formally but would like to develop proficiency step by step in the target language for social or professional purposes. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate and use the knowledge, skills, and proficiency expected to some extent at the Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and Level I of the Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) in general.INTENDED AUDIENCE :Anyone interested in learning the Korean languageINDUSTRY SUPPORT :Companies/Organizations/Individuals having business/work with Korean and/or Korea-related content


Week 1 :Learning the Korean alphabet, 한글(Hangeul)1) Introduction to Hangeul2) Basic Consonants and Vowels3) Features of Hangeul
Week 2 :
4) More Consonants and vowels with Words5) ‘Batchim’ (Syllable-final consonants)

Unit 1 안녕하세요? (Hello)Vocabulary: Nationality, Occupation
Week 3 :
Grammar & Expression: ① 인사말, ② N은/는 N이에요/예요Speaking 1: Introducing oneself in an informal settingGrammar & Expression: ③ N입니까? N입니다, ④ N이/가 아닙니다Speaking 2: Introducing oneself in a formal setting
Week 4 :
Listening to a conversation about nationality/occupationReading/Writing: Self-introductionPronunciation: Intonation of statements and questionsCulture Note: Greeting etiquette in Korea

Unit 2 이거는 뭐예요? (What is this?)Vocabulary: School supplies, Daily goodsGrammar & Expression: ① N이/가 있어요[없어요],② 이거는[그거는, 저거는] N이에요/예요Speaking 1: Talking about the names of items
Week 5 :
Grammar & Expression: ③ N 주세요, ④ N하고 N, N과/와 NSpeaking 2: Requesting items in the shopListening to a conversation about the names of items and shoppingReading/Writing: About a roomPronunciation of ‘예’
Week 6 :
Unit 3 한국어를 공부해요. (I study Korean.)Vocabulary: Verb 1, Place 1Grammar & Expression: ① V-아요/어요 ② N을/를Speaking 1: Talking about current activitiesGrammar & Expression: ③ N안에서 ④ 안VSpeaking 2: Talking about locations
Week 7 :Listening to a conversation about a schedule/daily lifeReading/Writing a text message about the schedulePronunciation: LinkingCulture Note: Rooms in Korea

Unit 4 어디에 있어요? (Where is it?)Vocabulary: Place 2, Location
Week 8 :
Grammar & Expression: ① 여기가 N이에요/예요 ② N에 있어요[없어요]Speaking 1: Talking about a placeGrammar & Expression: ③ N에 가요[와요] ④ N 앞[뒤, 옆]Speaking 2: Asking/answering destination/location
Week 9 :
Listening to a conversation about destinationReading & Writing a description of a placePronunciation: Glottalization 1

Unit 5 주말에 친구를 만났어요. (I met my friend over the weekend.)Vocabulary: Numbers 1, Days of the weekGrammar & Expression: ① 날짜와 요일, ② N에Speaking 1: Talking about dates and days of the week
Week 10 :
Grammar & Expression: ③ V-았/었-, ④ V-고Speaking 2: Talking about past experiencesListening to a conversation about dates and an examReading/Writing a journal entryPronunciation of number ‘십(10)’Culture Note: Traditional holidays in Korea
Week 11 :
Unit 6 얼마예요? (How much is it?)Vocabulary: Food, Numbers 2, MoneyGrammar & Expression: ① V-(으)세요, ② N 개[병, 잔, 그릇]Speaking 1: Ordering food at a restaurantGrammar & Expression: ③ N-이/가 A-아요/어요, ④ N도Speaking 2: Asking the price of items
Week 12 :
Listening to a conversation about price/a menuReading/Writing an advertisementPronunciation: Silent ‘ ㅎ ’Culture Note: Kimchi

Taught by

Prof. Soo Jin Shim



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