ERIC Number: ED413779
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Narrative of Korean Children: A Case Study of Structural and Cultural Components in Second Language Development by Learners of English.
A study investigated how native Korean-speaking children living in the United States tell stories in English, focusing on structural characteristics, cultural constructs, and second language development. Subjects were three children born in Korea and attending American elementary schools; two had been in the United States for less than a year. Their personal narratives, concerning the most terrible or sad experience and/or the happiest experience in their lives, were recorded and analyzed in relation to research on story structure, language development, and cultural influence. Results indicate the stories contained three major components: narrative, descriptive, and evaluative structure. The children made "look-alike" events become one, single, large story, and the stories were object regulated with little evaluative structure. It is suggested that evaluative structure is likely to develop as the children interact more with their peers in the United States. Transcripts of the stories are appended. Contains 34 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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