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The Use and Cognition of Korean of the Students in the Korean Teacher Education Program

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2010, (72), pp.123-153
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Young-Mok Han 1

1충남대학교

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ABSTRACT

This research distributed a questionnaire to the students who were taking the Korean Teacher Education Program and analyzed the results of 175 students' responses. The students are female who are in their thirties and forties and the majority of them majored in languages or humanities. Before taking the program, 25 students(14.2%) took a course of Korean study and 40 students(22.9%) had teaching experience on Korean. 118 students(67.4%) responded that they are interested in Korean language and registered for the program in order to get a Korean language teaching certificate and to teach Korean to foreigners. The students also responded that the course hours for the completion of the program are on the whole appropriate. The students's actual use of Korean and their cognition are as follows. They showed a positive view about purification of a difficult loanword or a foreign language and about the use of a Chinese character with Korean and the education of a Chinese character. 53 students(30.38%) pointed out that misunderstandings which they have experienced through listening or reading were caused by grammar, language standard, and so on. They responded that they have tension and a difficulty in using an appropriate word in front of an audience, although they are much interested in speaking. Despite their responses that they are much interested in writing and are good at writing(101 students, 57.7%), the overall results of the research indicated that they often used dialects, vulgar words, and loanwords or foreign languages and frequently made mistakes in word-spacing and orthography. The results of the research showed that when they encounter a word that they do not know, they often use internet(84 students, 48%) and only 50 students(28.6%) use a Korean dictionary. Also, it was showed that 91 students(52.0%) have experienced a difficulty in grammar in everyday life.

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