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ERIC Number: ED313905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Elementary Language Education in South Korea.
Kim, Byong Won
A review of South Korean elementary school textbooks and teacher's guides suggests three characteristic aspects of language and literacy education, including: (1) that two new language styles are appearing in textbooks, distinguishing the educated from the uneducated in everyday life, and that children learn formal speech style in the first grade and writing style in the third grade; (2) that while the Hangul alphabet is taught and used exclusively in the elementary school, it is mixed with Hanmun characters in society; and (3) two definitions of the paragraph appear in textbooks: one is the same definition used in the English-speaking world, the other a traditional one defining the paragraph as a unit of meaning forming one of several parts of a chapter or story. The policy of encouraging the exclusive use of Hangul and discouraging Hanmun characters use at school is expected to produce generations free from inappropriate concepts of the unit of language and locus of meaning advocated by Hanmun users. The two new language styles will help children become familiarized with both traditional, as well as new writing styles in Korea. These trends are seen as providing children with the ability to survive in a traditional society and building a generation that is part of the world society. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea