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Improvement of English learning for North Korean refugee students in South Korea: English educational contexts and issues

  • Modern English Education
  • Abbr : MEESO
  • 2015, 16(3), pp.231-250
  • Publisher : The Modern English Education Society
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Language Teaching

Lee Hyun Joo 1

1경기대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study aims to have a deep understanding of North Korean refugee students’ English learning context and the issues regarding English learning in South Korea. As the number of North Korean refugee students coming to South Korea has been increasing gradually, it is important to implement new directions and customizedcontents based on the learners’ needs. To this end, this study conducted in-depth interviews with five North Korean refugee students about their English language learning experiences and problems. Four English teachers were also interviewed regarding their teaching contents, experiences, and additional supports needed. The results of the study showed that it is necessary for North Korean refugee students to have living connected language contents, Korean educational culture strengthened by new teaching approaches, English academic skills, and extra-curricular activities for improving their English abilities in South Korean educational context. This study not only suggests some implications for effective English teaching for North Korean refugee students today, but also sheds light on establishing decent plans for those who are learning English in the unified Korea’s English education system in the future.

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