What Does It Mean to Learn English? Korean Students Speak Up
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
Dr. Nicole Shipton
Visiting Professor, English Department, Induk Institute of Technology