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This paper presents a proposal to explore the efficacy of Korean ESL programs that utilize film and television series, particularly soap operas. Essential to the proposed study is the identification and exploration of specific mechanisms by which ESL learning is facilitated in these programs. The paper also aims to explore which specific linguistic operations and grammatical structures are most efficiently taught via the use of dramatic films and television series.
From the Paper:"There is a fair amount of research concerning the spread of Western culture, much of it specifically focused on American culture. Feigenbaum (2003) examines the effects of digital media in spreading entertainment into areas previously insulated from the spread of American culture. By the turn of the millennia, many countries already had or began to institute culturally protectionist policies; in 2003 South Korea allowed only 20% of airtime to be devoted to foreign programming (Feignebaum 2003). The spread of digital media, which avoids such restriction via satellite and the Internet, has contributed to the rapid Americanization of South Korea by cheaply feeding the already-present craze for all things American, with consequences for the entire region (Kister 1993; Fairclough 2005). No research has yet made a significant attempt to establish a connection between this phenomenon and ESL instruction, however.
"This is somewhat remarkable, as the use of television series--and even soap operas specifically--as effective tools for ESL instruction is very well documented (Cheng et al 2004; Grant & Starks 2001). Studies have shown that students are more actively engaged in learning when it involves plot and characters with whom extended relationships are formed (Clovis 1997). Specific areas of language acquisition have been observed to be particularly affected by instruction via television, including word integration during text processing (Fender 2001)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Cheng, L.; Rogers, T. & Hu, H. (2004). "ESL/EFL instructors' classroom assessment practices: purposes, methods, and procedures." Language testing 21(3), pp. 360-89.
- Clovis, D. (1997). "Lights, television, action!" Educational leadership 55(3), pp. 38-41.
- Fairclough, G. (2005). "Korea's makeover from dull to hip changes face of Asia." Wall street journal--eastern edition 246(83), pp. A1-A8.
- Feigenbaum, H. (2003). "Digital entertainment jumps the border." Scientific American 288(3), pp. 78-84.
- Fender, M. (2001). "A review of L1 and L2/ESL word integration skills and the nature of L2/ESL word integration development involved in lower-level text processing." Language learning 51(2), pp. 319-97.
Cite this Research Proposal:
English-Language "Soap Operas" in Korean ESL classrooms (2011, December 29) Retrieved October 16, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/research-proposal/english-language-soap-operas-in-korean-esl-classrooms-149736/
"English-Language "Soap Operas" in Korean ESL classrooms" 29 December 2011. Web. 16 October. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/research-proposal/english-language-soap-operas-in-korean-esl-classrooms-149736/>