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ERIC Number: EJ838574
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0015-718X
True Beginners, False Beginners, and Fake Beginners: Placement Strategies for Korean Heritage Speakers
Sohn, Sung-Ock; Shin, Sang-Keun
Foreign Language Annals, v40 n3 p407-418 Oct 2007
Placing heritage Speakers into Korean language classes is a challenging task because they display a wide range of proficiencies. Since Standard placement tests often fail to place students effectively within a program, placement procedures that take into account heritage language use need to be developed. This article describes the Steps that the University of California, Los Angeles' Korean program took to place heritage students into appropriate levels of instruction. Since total scores did not accurately reflect test takers' linguistic profiles, a noncompensatory scoring approach was adopted to ensure that they demonstrated a minimum level of ability in every component tested. The article also offers placement strategies that can be applied to a wide variety of instructional settings. (Contains 4 notes, 6 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California