The impact of English language and cultural variations on Korean students in Australian undergraduate programs

Doctorate other than PhD


Park, Sang Soon. 2006. The impact of English language and cultural variations on Korean students in Australian undergraduate programs. Doctorate other than PhD Doctor of Education. University of Southern Queensland.
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The impact of English language and cultural variations on Korean students in Australian undergraduate programs

TypeDoctorate other than PhD
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AuthorPark, Sang Soon
SupervisorO'Neill, Shirley
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Qualification NameDoctor of Education
Number of Pages268
Year2006
Abstract

It is well understood by international students that a high level of proficiency in English language is fundamental to successful tertiary level study in English speaking countries. The necessity for cultural adaptation also emerges as a major concern for international students. Despite there being numerous resources for international students, Korean students continue to encounter problems with English, and with some cultural variations in Australian higher education. Reference to literature, as well as anecdotal evidence suggests that Korean students frequently have difficulties adapting to academic programs delivered in English, and to adjusting to some cultural differences in English speaking contexts. This research aimed to the nature of Korean undergraduate students' experiences regarding these academic problems in undergraduate programs in the Southeast region of Queensland. Firstly, it examined traditional methods of English teaching in Korea within the context of the Korean education system. Secondly, it surveyed the suggested 'attitudes towards studying difficulties studying in the English language in Australian undergraduate study programs'. Thirdly, in-depth interviews were conducted as a follow-up investigation to clarify the issues raised through the survey. This research deals with the questions of the main characteristics of Korean students' experiences in learning English as a second language, the best preparations required for them to enter Australian undergraduate programs, the main difficulties of them in adapting to the use of the English language in general and particularly for Australian tertiary level academic purposes, and the critical cross-cultural challenges that they encounter in the Australian undergraduate programs. Finally, based on the results of this study recommendations are made to assist in two major areas: (i) to provide advice to assist Korean students and other international students in their studies in Australia and; (ii) to improve the provision of English language education in Korea.

Keywordslanguage, culture, university, Korea, learning, teaching
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390108. LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
470306. English as a second language
Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
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