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What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning Outcomes

This beginning course will help you build language skills—speaking, hearing, reading, and writing—at a basic level and broaden your understanding of Korean culture. By the end of this course you should be able to

  1. Read and write proficiently in Korean with high beginner reading comprehension.
  2. Carry on conversations about family, school, hobbies, your age, and social life as well as about Seoul, Korea.
  3. You will understand the difference between formal and informal speech.
  4. You will gain a greater understanding the culture and people of Korea.

Course Materials

To successfully complete this course you will need the following:

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Course Organization


This course consists of nine units and a final exam. In each unit there are three to four lessons with assignments and readings. At the end of each unit, you will be required to submit a unit quiz and participate in a speaking appointment. These assignments will be graded and will help you prepare for the final exam. The following sections explain in more detail other parts of the course.

This course also includes an orientation. You must complete the orientation quiz before continuing in the course.

Other Resources

There is a course discussion board at the end of the course, as well as a course wiki. The discussion board is designed for students to connect, discuss course-related matters, and share ideas with each other. The wiki is designed for the instructor to post information that may provide enrichment or to post relevant information for the course.

Note: You may refer to your notes to complete your speaking assignments (except for the final speaking appointment) and writing assignments; however, you may not use a translation device of any kind for your written assignments. The unit quizzes, the review assignment, and the final exam are closed book and closed notes.

Technical Considerations

This course functions best in a web browser other than Internet Explorer. If you only have Internet Explorer, you can download other browsers (e.g., Firefox, Safari, etc.) for free online. If you have trouble playing audio files in Internet Explorer, you may wish to associate your audio (mp3) files with the Quicktime player. If you have trouble doing this, contact Technical Support at 1-877-897-8085 or

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Vocabulary Quizzes

There are eight vocabulary quizzes throughout the course, intended to help you review the material covered in that lesson. Vocabulary quizzes are designed to be taken as many times as you wish. If you find that you do not know or are not certain about an answer, go back to the lesson material and reread the section pertaining to that question. Any vocabulary words used in the book or the workbook are fair game in quizzes and assessments. Vocabulary quizzes account for 10 percent of your final grade.

Unit Quizzes

There are nine unit quizzes throughout the course. These quizzes are submitted electronically, with the grade immediately revealed. Incorrect answers will be noted, and an explanation of why the student answer was incorrect will be included. Questions will be based off of the vocabulary quizzes and the readings. Unit quizzes account for 20 percent of your final grade.

Conversation Café and Speaking Appointments

The Conversation Café is a virtual room where conversation practice and speaking appointments take place. Minimal English is used in the Café. Activities are moderated by a TA/instructor. Hours of the Café are posted on the Communication and Conversation Café page. Spend as much time as possible in the Café, practicing the concepts you learn! Before you complete your speaking appointment, you must spend some time practicing in the Conversation Café. You must complete the first Conversation Café to move on in the course.

Speaking appointments are graded oral assessments. You will be required to complete certain language tasks or have a dialogue with the TA/instructor during your speaking appointment. A speaking appointment is a required part of every unit and must be completed before you move on to the next unit. TA-graded speaking appointments are completed on a first-come, first-served basis (no scheduling) in the Conversation Café room. The first, middle, and final exam speaking appointments will be scheduled with your instructor and will take place in the instructor’s virtual room. These appointments require a photo ID and a webcam. If you are not able to keep your scheduled appointment, you must reschedule or cancel at least 24 hours before the appointment. If you fail to show up at your scheduled time, you will receive a 0.

A grade will be posted within 24 hours of the appointment. The lowest score from all of your speaking appointments will be dropped. (This does not include the final speaking appointment.) See “Grading” below to see what percentage of your final grade the speaking appointments are on.

We strongly encourage you not to use notes during your speaking appointments. That will help you be better prepared for the final speaking appointment where no notes are allowed. Note: You should complete all speaking appointments in the correct order. For more specific information about each speaking appointment, please refer to each assignment in the course.

Culture and Workbook Assignments

You will be required to complete nine writing assignment sets from the workbook throughout the course. Some of the workbook activities ask you to listen to some audio clips. These are found in the unit introductions and in each lesson's workbook assignment page. These should be uploaded in the assignment page and will be graded by the instructor or TA. Graded assignments will be returned with comments. These assignments count toward 15 percent of your final grade.

End-course Review

You will be required to complete and submit an end-course review. It is located at the end of unit 9. You will need to download the PDF provided, complete the fill-in-the-blank questions, and then upload your review in your course. This will be graded by your instructor and will account for 10 percent of your final grade. You must complete this assignment in order to receive a grade for this course.

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Due to the nature of this course's learning outcomes, the exams are only available in a paper format. Please plan for shipping time.

The final speaking appointment is comprehensive. Notes will not be allowed during your final speaking appointment. If you use notes during the final speaking appointment, you will receive a 0 grade and fail the course. The final exam is a proctored test that will cover the same material found in your unit quizzes, vocabulary quizzes, workbook and end-course review. There is no time limit. If you study the course material, the assignments, and the final exam preparation section in your manual, you should be adequately prepared for the test. You must pass separately both the oral and the written portion of the final exam with at least a 60 percent in order to pass the course.

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This is how your final grade for the course will be divided:

Assignments Percentage
9 Speaking Appointments 20%
9 Workbook Exercises (Writing Assignment Sets) 15%
8 Vocabulary Quizzes 10%
9 Unit Quizzes 20%
1 End-course Review 10%
1 Final Exam 25%
TOTAL 100%

You must pass the final exam to pass the course.

Grading Scale
A 100–94 C 76–74
A− 93–90 C− 73–70
B+ 89–87 D+ 69–67
B 86–84 D 66–64
B− 83–80 D− 63–60
C+ 79–77 E (fail) 59 or below

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Course Duration

Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months. You may only complete one speaking appointment per day. No exceptions. You have 1 year to complete this course, but if you need more than a year, you may purchase one 3-month extension.

Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


9 speaking appointments, 9 workbook exercises, 8 vocabulary quizzes, 9 unit quizzes, 1 end-course review (you must complete this assignment in order to receive a grade for this course), and 1 final exam. With the exception of vocabulary quizzes and the final exam, there are no resubmissions on graded work. On speaking appointments, the lowest score may be dropped except for the final speaking appointment.


1 final speaking appointment (may retake once for a fee; no-shows count as attempts and are given zeros), and 1 proctored, instructor-graded final exam (may retake once for a fee). To pass the course, you must pass both the final speaking appointment and the final exam with at least a 60 percent on each.

Course Duration

Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months. You may only complete one speaking appointment per day. No exceptions. You have 1 year to complete this course, but if you need more than a year, you may purchase one 3-month extension.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work. This may also include when a student copies and pastes directly from another source and passes it off as his or her own, copies computer-generated text from a translation tool and uses it as his or her own, or fails to cite a source after loosely summarizing its content in his or her own words. As determined by your instructor or the BYU Independent Study administration, if evidence of academic misconduct on assignments or exams is established, one of the two following consequences will apply to each incidence:

First Offense of Plagiarism

  1. You will fail the unit and be allowed the opportunity to resubmit the unit (or)
  2. You will fail the unit and be denied the opportunity to resubmit the unit

Second Offense of Plagiarism

  1. You will fail the unit and fail the class (or)
  2. You will fail the unit, fail the class, and may be ineligible to enroll in a specific course or any of our courses without going through an appeals process which will determine the severity of your plagiarism

University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.