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Introductory High School English Writing Class for NEAT Preparation

  • 인문논총
  • 2013, 31(), pp.57-84
  • Publisher : Institute for Human studies, Kyungnam University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Published : June 30, 2013

Hyung-sim Choi 1 SEUNG MI CHEON 2

1연세대학교
2서울디지털대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to present an analysis of the English writing class taught to Korean high school students with low proficiency and address its educational implications. Even though the NEAT (National English Ability Test) has been introduced to integrate the 4 English skills - reading, writing, listening, and speaking - within English classes, there have been several barriers preventing this realization in Korean high schools. In general, Korean English teachers have expressed the burden of both creating practical content for unfamiliar speaking and writing classes, and providing evaluation that guarantees objectivity and reliability. Therefore, this study introduces a writing class model centered on task-based activities and standardized evaluations patterned after Internet-based testing. Authentic language use requires writing skills with an understanding of discourse structure. However, current writing instruction routinely has centered around sentence-level composition. To rectify this, the inclusion of teaching and testing discourse-based writing will be presented. In conclusion, several advancements will be introduced to improve writing classes in Korean high schools.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.