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Goryoin’s Language Use and Language Environment : a case from Goryoin of Wolgok village in Gwangju

Suk, Ju Yeon 1 박수연 1 추연 2

1조선대학교
2남부대학교

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ABSTRACT

Goryoin refers to Korean immigrants from the former USSR who have migrated back to Korea since the year 2000. In this study, I examine the motivation of Goryoin’s Korean learning, their institution based Korean learning experiences, their overall proficiency in Korean, Russian, their birthplace language, English, ultimate proficiency level in Korean which they eager to achieve, etc. I also measure how much they want their next generation to learn Korean as heritage language. More than 70% of Goryoin subjects in the experiment estimate that their proficiency in Korean is below mid-level. In contrast, more than 90% of Goryoin subjects in the experiment estimate that their proficiency in Russian is above upper mid-level. Almost 70% of Goryoin report that their proficiency in birthplace language is above mid-level. Unexpectedly more than 30% of Goryoin subjects report that their proficiency in English is above mid-level. More than 85% of Goryoin in the experiment hope they would like to speak Korean just like native Korean. 97% of Goryoin want their children to learn Korean as heritage language.

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