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English Language Learning Difficulty of Korean Students in a Philippine Multidisciplinary University

Guzman, et. al. University of Santo Tomas, Philippines

Group 2:

Nurosifa Awaliah Kartika Ningrum Warda Rahmita

Abstract

This study analyzed the English language learning difficulties which takes 13 Korean students in Philippine Multidisciplinary University as the sample related to their sociolinguistic competence, motivation in using the English language, and cultural factors.

Introductio

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What is the reason?

To analyze what and how learning difficulties is experienced by Koreans in Philippines.

Previous studies mentioned:

Hellsten & Prescott (2004)

It is quite difficult for foreign students to adjust to a new environment

Poor English and critical thinking skills

Failure to participate in the collaborative learning mode

Differences in cultural communication, academic literacy styles and expectation of rote learning

Kim & Margolis (2000)

Korean students have had very little English listening and speaking experience .

Finch (2001)

The difficulties of Korean students in speaking the English language due to lack of confidence and lack of effort.

Method

Method: Descriptive qualitative

  • Study Site

  • Subjects 13 Korean students: 7 females and 6 males

  • Data Collection Procedure

A robotfoto Interviews

  • Data Analysis

Analyze, categorize and the interview result

Findings

Related to Sociolinguistic and cultural factors

Findings  Related to Sociolinguistic and cultural factors

Motivation

 Motivation

Discussion

Language Learning Difficulty :

Sociolinguistic Competence

Discussion Language Learning Difficulty :  Sociolinguistic Competence Requires the ability to communicate in the target

Requires the ability to communicate in the target language

Koreans difficulty in learning English is their exposure to Filipino students speak L1

Cultural Factor Cultural differences

Philippine Students

Korean Students

Individual

Counterpart/ Group

Speaking up

Listening to teacher

Student-centered approach

Difficulty to criticism

Active in discussion class

Passive in discussion class

Cross culture communication Korean hierarchically structured relationship (gap between literally being said and what is the meant)

Motivation

Integrative Motivation

Want to learn a language because they want to familiar, and culture.

Motivation  Integrative Motivation Want to learn a language because they want to familiar, and culture.

Instrumental Motivation

Want to learn a language for the purpose such as a job, get a salary or graduation.

Motivation  Integrative Motivation Want to learn a language because they want to familiar, and culture.

Conclusion

This study succeeded to identify the English language learning difficulties of Korean students in a multidisciplinary university.

Sociolinguistic competence Motivation Cultural factors

Translation of the Filipino language to English language is not fully comprehended by Korean