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A study of the descriptions of "phonological rule" in the Government-authorized Korean Language Textbook for High School

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2011, (77), pp.355-385
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Lee Raeho 1

1전북대학교

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ABSTRACT

The goal of the study is to clarify anticipated problems of and suggest complementary solutions for descriptions of "phonological phenomenon" in high school Korean language textbooks. The Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology(MEST) promulgated the revised curriculum of Korean language study in 2007. As a result, Korean high schools have begun to issue new authorized textbooks of Korean language. At present, 16 kinds of textbooks have passed the MEST's official approval. I believe that the phonological section of the authorized textbooks should be composed of the following contents: first, learners should understand and explain the difference between writing and practical pronunciation; second, learners should learn and practice the phonological rules, thereby improving their standard pronunciation. However, in some cases, the textbooks have pedagogical problems because the author’s descriptions of phonological rules are misleading due to his or her personal opinion and bias. In other cases, textbooks’ descriptions are too simple to provide sufficient explanations. These problems are found most often in such parts as "alternation", "contraction", "deletion" and "addition". In my view, descriptions of phonological rules in the textbooks require more consistency and precision for the learner to fully understand and practice the phonological rules.

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