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Curriculum design for the high school credit program in Korean language at Sup sogŭi Hosu (Lake in the Woods), the Korean Language Village at Concordia Language Villages Choi, Junghwa

Abstract

This thesis concerns curriculum design for the high school credit program in Korean Language at Sup sogiii Hosu (Lake in the Woods), the Korean Language Village (KLV) at Concordia Language Villages (CLV). It reviews the main features and principles of the draft curriculum for the Korean Language Village 4-week high school credit program, evaluates the design based on the classroom results of the inaugural credit session, discusses the feasibility of a total immersion approach in Korean learning for speakers of English, and suggests further directions for Korean immersion curriculum development using WebCT tools. The entire draft curriculum, covering two years of high school curriculum, is presented as an appendix. Along with a general review of immersion, this study also contains a general review of CLV's educational philosophy and its actual program features, and suggests the critical role that KLV can play in facilitating Korean education in the U.S., where the need for more effective Korean language education is rapidly increased. The thesis also discusses the importance of Korean language education for the Korean adoptees who make up a significant portion of the KLV population, and calls for the reform of existing Korean education programs targeted mainly at 2n d generation Koreans in the U.S.

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