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ERIC Number: EJ1087272
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0951-0893
EFL Young Learners: Their Imagined Communities and Language Learning
Yim, Su Yon
ELT Journal, v70 n1 p57-66 Jan 2016
This study explored how South Korean primary school students approach learning English, using the notion of an "imagined community". Twenty students from two primary schools were selected for semi-structured interviews. The data analysis shows that the construction of South Korean students' imagined communities seems to be influenced mainly by their learning experiences outside school which involve private lessons, English test systems, and parental attitudes towards English, and an emphasis on grammar teaching and learning. The students' imagined communities are far from the one presented in the national primary curriculum, which focuses on communicative language teaching (CLT). This gap results in students' poor engagement in the classroom when taking English lessons at state schools. This indicates that educational reform such as CLT needs to be implemented with recognition of students' learning outside school and the imagined communities envisioned by students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea