Enhancing Students Willingness to Communicate in English through Korean Pop Culture: A Case Study


In recent years, Korean pop culture such as Korean drama, pop singers and TV programs have gained popularity in Taiwan, particularly among teenagers. The aim of the present study is to find out whether students_øΩ_øΩ will be more willing to use English to communicate with topics they are interested in. The participants were 37 students from a local middle school. Throughout the five-day camp, various topics related to Korean cultures have been used in the lessons during teaching, such as Korean Festival, Korean Landscape, Korean Food. At the end of the camp, students have to use English to give a three minutes presentation comparing Taiwanese culture with Korean culture. Through the presentation, students will be able to apply what they have learned into the presentation. At the end of the camp, 78% of the participants stated that they enjoyed learning English through Korean pop culture, 41% of the participants indicated their English speaking ability have improved and 94% of the participants indicated that they have gained knowledge about Korean cultures and 81% of the participant stated that the camp has met their expectation. Among the 32 participants who filled out the questionnaire at the end of the camp, 17 would like to participate in similar English camp in the future and 13 stated they are not sure if they would be able to participate in the future, it would depend on whether they have time or parents_øΩ_øΩ decision.

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Yun-Fang Sun, Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Taiwan

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Conference: ACLL2016
Stream: Language education

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