Korean: language, customs and lifestyle

Course Dates: 16/03/24
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: Online
Find out more about the fascinating language, culture and traditions of Korea.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00

Course Code: LKRW02

Sat, day, 16 Mar - 16 Mar '24

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This workshop will give you an introduction to contemporary Korean lifestyle and its links to the ancient traditions of Korean culture.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• Etiquette and social customs
• Hanbok, Arirang, Hangul : the omnipresent and iconic pride of Korea
• Eating and shopping in South Korea
• Korean music: from traditional instruments to K Pop
• Korean traditional festivities.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Know how to be polite in Korea and how to use the most common salutations.
Be familiar with traditional dress, song, and the writing system considered by many to be the most elegant in the world: designed by a King to make writing accessible to more people.
Be familiar with the festivals and celebrations marking the passage of time and important moments in the life of Koreans.
Understand the food and the eating culture of the country.
Know what traditional Korean instruments and music sound like, and how KPop has become a worldwide phenomenon.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for complete beginners.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Our courses are characterised by spoken interaction and communication. Typical activities include pair work, group work, role plays and games. A range of resources will be used to support your learning including presentations, hand-outs, and audio-visual material.
Homework is highly recommended to consolidate learning.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

This course is based on the teachers' own materials. During the workshop, you will be advised on which other materials may be of interest to you.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may be interested in other Korean cultural workshops we offer, or a beginners Korean Language course at beginners level. Please ask the tutor or check our web pages for more information.

Jaeran Won

Jaeran is a language teacher with over 20 years of experience . Originally from Seoul, South Korea, she moved to London after earning her Bachelor and Masters degrees, as well as a Certificate in Education. Here, she worked as a professional translator for businesses and institutions such as the Court of justice, which led her to teaching Korean as a foreigin language, first privately and then in various further education institutions. This soon became her full time career, and since then she has taught Korean language and culture to adults and young adults at all levels, from absolute beginner to advanced, often supporting their studies or their entrance exams (e.g. at SOAS). Jaeran's lessons are always fun and lively, and incorporate examples and exercises taken from contemporay Korean culture such as TV dramas and K-Pop.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.