Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2012

Abstract

Heritage language learners, learners who speak a language at home but have never been taught the language formally, face very different obstacles when it comes to language acquisition when compared to second language learners. For this reason, existing introductory Korean language courses do not address their needs. However, these learners are motivated to become fluent in Korean because it ties them to their heritage and therefore are willing to challenge themselves. In the course of three lessons, this project will discuss a few key mistakes that Korean heritage language learners make. Then, the lessons will address a proposed way to address these issues. These lessons will start from an explanation of the alphabet and conclude with the students reading short passages. These lesson plans are able to encompass all of this information because they include rubrics for grading, homework assignments, potential word lists, readings, supplementary PowerPoints and media clips that can be useful for the lesson.

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