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Korean Graduate Students' Technology Use and Language Interaction in an American University

  • Modern English Education
  • Abbr : MEESO
  • 2007, 8(3), pp.171-196
  • Publisher : The Modern English Education Society
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Language Teaching

Jiwon Paek 1

1대구대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The study investigated how technology use of Korean graduate students affected their verbal interaction patterns in an American university. Korean graduate students established strong ties among themselves at school through virtual communities in cyberspace, which resulted in increased interaction in Korean. Furthermore, other technology uses made it possible for the participants to continuously access and enjoy Korean culture. The increased interaction in Korean resulted in decreasing necessity for English interaction on campus. In addition, the school websites and commercial business websites led them to depend on Internet-mediated communication in English. However, Internet-mediated communication resulted in a limited amount of output. It was doubtful that they enjoyed benefits in acquiring high level speaking proficiency by living and studying in an English-speaking country.

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