Title

Go Abroad! Korean Perspectives on their English Study Abroad Experience

Publication Date

2008

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Bonnie Mennell

Abstract

This paper explores and documents Korean study abroad participants’ perception of studying English in North America. The researcher asked a small sample to complete self-analytical questionnaires about their English language development as well as what aspects of their abroad experience helped to facilitate it. The questionnaire focused on (1) the study abroad participants’ perceptions of language and language learning, (2) the role of the language classroom, (3) the influence of the social and academic environment (before, during and after), and (4) the study abroad experience as a whole. The findings revealed that the participants felt that they had made great gains in fluency due to the benefits of a learner-centered classroom and that the results of going abroad was enhancement of their cultural competences through interacting with their fellow international students and an improvement in their employability in Korea.

Disciplines

International and Comparative Education | International and Intercultural Communication

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