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Course overview

View or print a Korean language brochure (PDF 5581KB)

Stage 5

Year 9 and 10 200 hour Korean course

At NSW School of Languages, Years 9 and 10 students are offered the opportunity to undertake the Standard or Background course depending on students’ prior learning and/or experience. Our dynamic and exciting Korean courses offer highly engaging learning experiences with effective and innovative activities. Supported by our knowledgeable and passionate teachers, students work through activities on our eLearning platform and are encouraged to develop their communication skills and cultural understanding through engagement with Korean-speaking communities and Korean-language media. Our face-to-face lessons each term provide students with a unique opportunity to participate in and learn through a range of vibrant cultural activities including cooking, crafting activities and music. Your unique Korean-learning journey at NSW School of Languages starts here!

Year 10 100 hour Korean course

The 100 hour Korean course is a one year course for Year 10 students who have not studied Korean before. This course is complemented by a range of interactive tasks enabling students to consolidate their learning. A wide variety of audio and visual material presented through the e-learning site brings the study of the language and culture alive. Through this course, the students will develop their Korean language skills with the self-directed blended learning materials and weekly speaking lessons. There are 32 modules to complete, ranging in topics from family, friends, sports, hobbies, and schools.

Year 9 and 10 Korean - background stream (formerly Year 9 and 10 Korean Pre-in Context)

This course is for students who are brought up in a home where the Korean language is used and have a connection to Korean culture. Students in this course have some degree of understanding of the Korean language. Teachers support students to enhance their bilingual and bicultural identity through regular speaking lessons and online learning resources that target the listening, reading and writing skills. Face to face lesson days are held at the NSW School of Languages at various times throughout the year. 

Stage 6

Korean Beginners

This course is designed for students with very little or no knowledge of Korean. In this course, students gain a wide exposure to the Korean language, culture and way of life through a course complemented by e-learning delivery and a rich array of audio and visual material. The coursework consists of 8 modules in each term. The modules are set for self-directed study in Preliminary and HSC Korean Beginners courses. Students are expected to submit work regularly. This includes handwritten submissions, interactive online tasks as well as speaking lessons via telephone and/or online conferencing tools. Weekly speaking lessons with the teacher are also a compulsory part of this course whereby students can develop their Korean speaking skills. Face-to-face lessons days are also organised for students to meet and interact with their peers at NSW School of Languages. 

Korean Continuers

The Korean Continuers course is a blended learning course produced for Distance Education by NSW School of Languages. The preliminary course consists of 25 units and the HSC course consists of 19 units. The course is comprehensive and aims to develop all four-skill areas. The learning materials are accessible online. There is a wealth of self-correcting exercises so the students can get immediate feedback; there are also a variety of tasks which require students to consolidate their learning and to get examination practice. Speaking lessons are scheduled on a weekly basis with the aim of developing the students' conversational skills.

Korean in Context

Stage 6 Korean in Context is the modern standard version of Korean. Both the Preliminary and HSC courses are focusing on a range of texts related to the Issues, viewed from one or more of the three Perspectives (Personal, Community and International) and drawn from one or more of the three Contexts (Social and Community Settings, Contemporary Literature and the Arts, and Media). The study of the Issues will enable students to strengthen their personal connections to their heritage and will enhance the development of their bilingual and bicultural identity. 

The coursework consists of 8 modules in each term. The courses are available through virtual learning space with a variety of stimuli to explore the study of the Issues. There are weekly speaking lessons with their teacher to develop their understanding and receive feedback and support. Face-to-Face or Virtual Lesson days are also held each term, providing students with first hand experiences of Korean cultures and language learning activities. 

Course materials


All learning materials are provided by NSW School of Languages via Moodle and Canvas.


All students should have a comprehensive language dictionary. We recommend the purchasing of one of the following dictionaries:

1. Si-sa Elite: English-Korean & Korean-English Dictionary (Paperback)

2. Metro: Dong-A's Metro English-Korean, Korean-English Dictionary

3. English-Korean & Korean-English One-to-one Dictionary

4. Minjung’s Essence Korean-English Dictionary (4th Edition)

Syllabuses (from NESA)

Go to the NESA syllabus downloads page for more information on the syllabus.