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The influence of individual variables on Korean speaking proficiency development in short-term study abroad Korean language learners; Focusing on the CAF analysis

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2018, 59(), pp.55-86
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Published : March 30, 2018

Jung Hyewon 1

1경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to investigate Korean speaking proficiency development(Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency; CAF) and examine the effects of individual variables of learners on the Korean speaking proficiency. The study analyzed the correlation between learner’s language proficiency before studying abroad, intercultural sensitivity, personality, language use, learner’s social network, and Korean speaking proficiency development for 15 study-abroad participants. The data revealed that learner’s language proficiency before studying abroad doesn't affect on Korean speaking proficiency development. Also, the analysis indicated that there are positive correlations in three aspects: (a) between openness of learners and development of speaking accuracy; (b) between time spent speaking with native Korean speakers and development of speaking accuracy; (c) between durability(i.e., frequency of contact with native Korean speakers) in social networks and development of speaking complexity. And the factor singled out by most participants as interrupting Korean speaking proficiency development was time spent speaking in English with native Korean speakers.

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