Undergraduate course

Korean, TESOL & Linguistics BA (Hons)

Want to explore Korea, teach English around the world, and gain a rich understanding of language and its structure?

Designed to give you the skills you need to teach English in Korea and around the world, our Korean, TESOL & Linguistics programme will provide you with a deep understanding of Korean culture and the experience of a year studying in Korea.

  • UCAS Code – TTX1
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 4 years full-time
  • Start date – September 2019, September 2020
  • School – Languages & Linguistics

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £9,250 per year

    International 2019-20 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

Starting with Korean for beginners, we use a communicative Korean teaching style for your first year. In your third year you will study abroad in Korea with one of our partner institutions and explore aspects of Korean cultures, communities and societies. By the end of the programme, you will be able to have conversations, give presentations, join in discussions, write coherently and communicate effectively for a range of academic, social and professional purposes.

As part of the Linguistics side of the programme, our linguistics experts will guide you through a fascinating array of modules exploring topics including how we acquire language and the way language choices can express identities and cultural values.

By the end of the programme, successful students reach upper B2/C1 Independent/Proficient User level on the JF standard for Korean language education. You will be able to have conversations, give presentations, join in discussions and write coherently, communicating effectively for a range of academic, social and professional purposes.

 

CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages) is an internationally-recognised English language teaching qualification awarded by Cambridge Assessment English, part of the University of Cambridge. It normally costs £1300 but is included in the Korean, TESOL & Linguistics course fee, subject to successful interview.

CELTA is a four-week intensive course delivered on campus at York St John University. You have the opportunity to apply to take a CELTA course between your second and third year or at the end of your fourth year before you graduate.

CELTA includes theoretical input, tutorial support and consultation, supervised lesson planning, 6 hours of assessed teaching practice, peer observation of teaching practice and observation of experienced teachers in the classroom.

Course structure

Level 1

Modules

Semester 1:

  • Accelerated Korean 1 - This intensive course is for students with no prior knowledge of Korean language. With a focus on practical communication skills and self-expression the course covers the language needed to communicate in Korean on routine and familiar topics.
  • Key Concepts for Language Learning and Teaching - This module introduces you to the discipline of applied linguistics and to controversies in its definition, scope and relationship to linguistics and language teaching. The module will prepare you for any tutoring you may do in your second year and beyond.

  • English Language and Linguistics - This module aims to develop your critical awareness of language, introducing the historical development of language and of English, of linguistics, and a variety of systematic approaches to language study.

Semester 2:

  • Accelerated Korean 2 - This intensive course is for students with no prior knowledge of Korean language. Successful students will be able to read and understand simple written texts and express themselves on everyday matters both orally and in writing.

  • Descriptive Grammar of English - This module examines the grammatical framework of linguistic structures. Discussions will also consider how configurations of the elements of this framework relate to meaning. Where possible, the module examines these issues in relation to real texts.

  • Phonetics - This module introduces the principles of articulatory phonetics and instructs students in the description, recognition and production of a subset of the sounds and symbols of the International Phonetic Association.

 All modules are worth 20 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Level 2

Modules

Semester 1: 

  • Korean Language and Society 1 - You will learn Korean through engaging and stimulating activities covering a wide range of topics relating to Korea. You will develop a critical understanding of aspects of Korean cultures, communities and societies.

  • Applied Phonetics and Phonology - This module builds on and applies phonetics teaching from level 1. You willl be introduced to aspects of phonetics and phonology which support the analysis of varieties of language including child phonology and languages other than English.

  • World Englishes - What is the impact of the spread of English on other languages, cultures and identities? This module addresses the development, structure and use of international varieties of English, tracing the origins and history of the language to its current role as a global language.

Semester 2:

  • Korean Language and Society 2 - You will learn Korean through engaging and stimulating activities covering a wide range of topics relating to Korea. By the end of the module successful students will be able to effectively describe experiences and events in Korean, both orally and in writing, and give reasons and explanations for opinions.

  • Intercultural Communication - Incorporating real-life examples and case studies from around the world, this module prepares you to understand ‘culture’ beyond the essentialist stereotyping. You’ll be able to reflect on and improve your own communication skills, whilst gaining theoretical knowledge in the area of intercultural communication.

  • Psycholinguistics - This module helps you develop an awareness of the psychological dimensions of language knowledge and use and provides you with a broad map of the concepts, issues, phenomena and research methods associated with the field of psycholinguistics.

 All modules are worth 20 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Level 3

Year Abroad

This year will provide an exciting period of study in Korea. For more information see the study abroad tab. 

Level 4

Modules

Semester 1:

  • Korean Language Project 1 - This module is designed for final year students who have spent a year (or a semester) in Korea. The class will be content-based, and so you are expected to communicate in Korean and discuss a range of topics. By the end of this module, successful students will be able to communicate flexibly and effectively in Korean, both orally and in writing, for a range of academic, social and professional purposes.

  • TESOL Theories and Methods - This module applies linguistic theory to the practical issues of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Theories of second language acquisition and learning, and methodologies of second language teaching will be related to a variety of teaching and learning contexts world-wide.

  • Grammar and Phonology - You will explore core features and structures of English grammar and phonetics. Skills taught on this module will enable the detailed description of L2 Englishes, drawing on theories of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and second language acquisition.

 

Semester 2:

  • Korean Language Project 2 - This module is designed for final year students who have spent a year (or a semester) in Korea. The class will be content-based, and so you are expected to communicate in Korean and discuss a range of topics. By the end of this module, successful students will be able to communicate flexibly and effectively in Korean, both orally and in writing, for a range of academic, social and professional purposes.

  • Dissertation (40 credits) - you will carry out independent research related to your programme on a topic of your choice backed by tutorial supervision.

All modules are worth 20 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Year abroad

This course includes a year of study abroad enabling you to immerse yourself in Korean culture and society whilst studying at one of our Korean partner institutions. 

During this year you will take Korean language classes at your host university. You are expected to fully engage with the tuition and assessment, but your grades will not be converted to York St John credits, as the study abroad is in addition to first, second and fourth year. You will take a distance-learning work placement module during your year abroad.

Approval to study abroad is given subject to meeting basic criteria. For study abroad in 2021/22, the requirements include passing all modules and attending at least 80% of all taught sessions. While almost all our students do meet these criteria, occasionally students don’t.

If students have otherwise met the requirements to progress to third year, but have not met the criteria for study abroad, it will usually be possible to transfer to a course which does not contain a study abroad element, most likely English Language, Linguistics & TESOL BA (Hons).

Teaching & Assessment

Delivery

Korean classes are delivered in small groups of up to 25 students. TESOL and Linguistics modules are delivered using a mixture of lectures, workshops and seminars. Seminar groups have up to 30 students.

Academic and research skills are embedded in modules, for example, academic writing and referencing, peer review, use of web-based resources for document sharing, and the use of wikis and blogs.

Contact Hours

In first, second and third year, while you are studying at York St John University, you will take three modules per semester. Each has 2–4 hours of contact time. The taught sessions could be spread across all five days of the week, or could be concentrated into fewer days. Taught sessions are scheduled between 9 am–8 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 am–1 pm Wednesday, and 9 am–6 pm Friday.

As well as the taught sessions, you will also have academic tutorials through the semester, you can set up tutorials with your module tutors, and you'll be able to attend events such as the Colloquium Lectures and Language Talks.

Whilst you are studying in Korea you are likely to have more contact time although the details will depend on the university you are studying at.

Self-study time

If you are joining us from school, college or the workplace you will probably feel you have a very empty timetable. This is becuase a 20-credit module, which is equivalent to 200 hours of study, only has 2-4 hours a week of contact time - the rest is study you are expected to do yourself.

We support students in achieving this by giving lots of guidance on what to study, including weekly readings and preparation for assessments, and offering regular tutorials and drop-in sessions with module tutors so you can get feedback on your work. All modules are supported by materials hosted on Moodle, the University's Virtual Learning Environment.

Staffing

You will be taught by a Korean lecturer and academic staff in the School of Languages & Linguistics. The Head of School is Dr Rachel Wicaksono. The Korean, TESOL & Linguistics programme is managed by the Subject Director for Languages and TESOL Dr Becky Muradás-Taylor. University support staff are well intergrated into our programme, for example, a representative from the library contributes sessions on research and referencing over the course of the programme.

Assessment methods

Korean modules are assessed with a combination of oral exam, videos, class tests and written work. The assessment for TESOL and linguistics modules varies from module to module. There is an exam on Language Structure: Grammar in first year. Other assessment methods include essays, presentations, data analysis, online tests, peer reviews, blog posts and research proposals and reports.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

 The programme is not suitable if:

  • Korean is your first language
  • You have an A level in Korean
  • You have B1 level or above of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) in Korean

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website. York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation

Tuition fees

Home / EU students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For those courses that include a year of study abroad the fee for the year in which the study abroad takes place is 15% of the regular annual tuition fee. 

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support

COURSE-RELATED COSTS

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

STUDY ABROAD

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.

 

ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING COSTS

View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

FINANCIAL HELP AND SUPPORT

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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