English Education Program for North Korean Refugee College Students: Evaluations Based on Socio-Educational Model

Posted: 17 Jan 2018 Last revised: 18 Jan 2018

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SungHee Shin

CUNY Queens College

Booyuel Kim

KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Insook Kim

Independent

Yu Shieun

Korea University

Date Written: December 18, 2017

Abstract

This study was designed to expand our understanding about the ways in which North Korean Refugee College Students (NKRCS) acquire English as their second language in their newly adapted South Korean society. Using a socio-educational model, we paid close attention to their perception toward English, which includes their openness and identification with the target language community and their culture. By examining the six-month English education program for NKRCS, we analyze factors that hinder NKRCS from success in English learning in relation to their motivations. Despite the instrumental goal of the English education program to improve English test scores, most of the participants were not ready to take the test but wished to learn more about basic and conversational knowledge of English, which reflected integrative motivation. Results suggest that this motivational discrepancy may demotivate the participants and lead to low attendance and low performance on the test.

Keywords: North Korean refugee college students (NKRCS), English as second language (ESL), socio-educational model

Suggested Citation

Shin, SungHee and Kim, Booyuel and Kim, Insook and Shieun, Yu, English Education Program for North Korean Refugee College Students: Evaluations Based on Socio-Educational Model (December 18, 2017). KDI School of Pub Policy & Management Paper No. 17-12, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3090138

SungHee Shin

CUNY Queens College ( email )

Flushing, NY 11367
United States

Booyuel Kim (Contact Author)

KDI School of Public Policy and Management ( email )

P.O. Box 184
Seoul, 130-868
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

Insook Kim

Independent ( email )

Yu Shieun

Korea University ( email )

1 Anam-dong 5 ka
Seoul, 136-701
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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