Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
English: Teaching English as a Second Language: M.A.
College of Liberal Arts
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Keywords and Subject Headings
English, Korean, articles, second language acquisiton
Correct use of English articles is a challenge for many English learners. English learners of various native language backgrounds make frequent mistakes when it comes to choosing appropriate articles to denote definiteness in English. Korean language falls into a language group that lacks an overt article system, which causes many Korean English learners to struggle with English articles. This study investigates the use of English articles by Korean students who are studying in an American college using English as a second language. An oral translation task of a Korean story into English, which involved voice recording, transcribing those recordings and then calculating each English article use, was employed to examine thirty-five Korean participants’ English article use. The results demonstrate a few features in Korean students’ article use:
(1) Korean learners follow the accuracy pattern of the → a/an → zero article in descending order of proficiency; (2) no significant statistical evidence was found between the accuracy of article use and length of stay in English speaking counties; (3) Korean students presented comparatively more accurate article use in definite contexts than in indefinite contexts suggesting that correct article use in indefinite contexts is more problematic for them compared to definite contexts; and (4) when they make mistakes, subjects misused the more than zero article in indefinite contexts where a/an I s required, while misusing zero article more than a/an in definite contexts where the is required. Both in definite and indefinite contexts, participants used the the most and a/an the least.
Choi, Minhui, "Use of English Articles by Korean Students" (2017). Culminating Projects in English. 109.