Asia Pacific Education Review

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 152–161 | Cite as

English language learning difficulty of korean students in a Philippine Multidisciplinary University

  • Allan B. de Guzman
  • Emmanuel Jeric A. Albela
  • Deborah Rosalind D. Nieto
  • John Bernard F. Ferrer
  • Rior N. Santos
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Abstract

This qualitative study analyzed the English language learning difficulties of 13 purposively chosen Korean students relative to their sociolinguistic competence, motivation in using the English language, and cultural factors. Interview responses were transcribed, categorized and thematised according to saliency, meaning and homogeneity. The findings of the study disclosed that, on the whole, while the subjects never had the opportunity to use the English language in Korea, they use it almost everywhere in the Philippines. Their difficulties exist both in daily conversation and in the academic setting. Such difficulties are attributable to both the subjects’ and the Filipinos’ different entry points in the learning and use of English. Despite cultural barriers in communication, however, the Koreans studying in the Philippines are instrumentally motivated to learn the English language.

Key words

English language language learning difficulty Koreans Philippines 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allan B. de Guzman
    • 1
  • Emmanuel Jeric A. Albela
    • 1
  • Deborah Rosalind D. Nieto
    • 1
  • John Bernard F. Ferrer
    • 1
  • Rior N. Santos
    • 1
  1. 1.Educational Research and DevelopmentUniversity of Santo Tomas CenterManilaPhilippines

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