What Does It Mean to Learn English? Korean Students Speak Up

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This paper explores the human relation to language learning within English as a Foreign Language context. A select group of Korean college students from various majors, who all have opted to study English as their elective, participate in a focus-study on their perceptions of English learning. The students’ perceptions on what they feel they gain through face-to-face interaction while learning English with a native speaker of English are discussed as well as their general perceptions of learning English within Korea over their course of interaction with the language are documented. Students are asked to explore their learning styles and learning experiences over their life time with English and compare and contrast their perceptions. Given this time for reflection, students are then asked how they themselves might take a more active role in their language acquisition.


Keywords: Experiential Learning, English as a Foreign Language, Perceptions, Korea
Stream: Language, Linguistics
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: What Does it Mean to Learn English?


Dr. Nicole Shipton

Visiting Professor, English Department, Induk Institute of Technology
Seoul, Kyonggi-do, South Korea

Currently I am working on a PhD in Korean Studies in International Education at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea. I have taught in the Korean educational system for 10 years, and having experienced first hand the effects of International Education in the role of both an educator and student, I am very interested in the perceptions behind those engaging in this sort of endeavor on an academic level. I have currently completed the coursework for the PhD and am now engaged in the dissertation stage. As an educator, I have worked for the Seoul Ministry of Education at Shinsao Middle School teacher, Sunchon National University and currently, at Induk Institute of Technology as a full-time visiting professor. Prior to my Korean experience I also taught in Turkey at Isik University. My interest is to develop further the area of International Internships within Korea in the future.

Ref: H08P0361