Title page for ETD etd-06292005-222143

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Park, Eun-Soo
URN etd-06292005-222143
Title A case study of young Korean children's English learning experiences in the United states
Degree PhD
Department Teaching and Learning
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Barksdale, Mary Alice Committee Chair
Nichols, William D. Committee Member
Potts, Ann Committee Member
Tilley-Lubbs, Gresilda A. Committee Member
Tlou, Josiah S. Committee Member
  • study abroad context
  • English language learners
  • second language learning
  • sociocultural perspective
Date of Defense 2005-06-15
Availability unrestricted
The present study examined five Korean elementary students’ English learning experiences in the United States. By examining Korean students’ experiences while they were living in the United States, the study aimed to explore what the students themselves thought about regarding what they had learned while living in an English-speaking community and the students’ perceptions of how these experiences influenced their English learning. Specifically, the study investigated the linguistic, cultural, and attitudinal impact of living temporarily in the United States on Korean elementary students. Interviewing was the primary means of collecting data for the study. These data was supplemented by a short survey, classroom observation, and relevant documentation about the children’s learning, such as samples of the children’s schoolwork. The analysis of data for this study began with organizing a description of each case, then, analyses were constructed to construct themes that cut across the data, and these themes have been utilized to generalize about what significant experiences constituted the development of English as a second language. This document reports the findings concerning the nature of the processes of learning and development that five Korean children experienced in learning English in the United States; teacher and student interaction; student and student interaction; meaningful learning experience; and classroom activities.

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