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Some Tasks and Directions for Korean Lexical Education

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2010, 33(), pp.259-296
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

LIM JI Ryong 1

1경북대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to identify some of the main tasks for Korean lexical education, and discuss desirable directions for the future. The findings of this study are as follows. First, goals, contents, methods and guidelines for assessment have not yet been prepared, though lexical education is very important in terms of acquisition of lexical functions. Second, the main tasks of lexical education are as follows. (1) Its goals should be to promote use of accurate and rich vocabulary, widen world knowledge, and contribute to the creation of a language culture by enlarging and refining lexical knowledge and lexical awareness. (2) The curriculum should specify the elements involved in achieving the above goals. (3) Its methodology should follow an inquiry-based learning model. (4) Appropriate assessment criteria should be developed, focusing on the extent to which the goals have been achieved, and this assessment should be closely related to the curriculum contents. Third, desirable directions for lexical education are as follows. (1) It should follow a human-centered approach and an integrative and encyclopedic perspective according to the open-ended conceptualistic language view. (2) It should lead to inquiry-based learning, activating the learner's interest through precise observation, systematic analysis and description, and rational explanation. (3) It should enrich the learner's daily use of language by focusing on personal meaning. (4) It should inform the learner about the present state of Korean vocabulary and offer ways of mastering it, while motivating him or her to comprehend its properties and love its purified form.

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