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Discursive constructions of Korean identity: University EIL learners in an online community


2008 2008

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Abstract (summary)

This qualitative study focuses on a community of online English learners at a Korean university. The study seeks to explore how the learners construct their Korean identities and how they feel about the effect of mastering English on their Korean identities.

The study involves both online writing on various topics and one-on-one dialogues between the researcher and the learners. The data suggest that among the learners there is a considerable tension along three ideological dilemmas or dichotomous continua, namely expressing Pride Vs. Shame or Uncertainty concerning being Korean, debating Who's Korean vs. Who Is Not, and determining whether the mastery of English Enhances Korean Identity vs. whether it Threatens It. The study closely analyzes the ways that the participants position their arguments according to those ideological dilemmas.

In addition to analyzing and illustrating the tensions along those three continua, the study also examines the patterns of Agreement, Partial Agreement, and Disagreement that exist within the threads, replies, and dialogues that occur in the online community. Through explaining the constructions of Korean identity and the patterns of interaction, the study draws inferences for those who teach or research learners in similar contexts.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Language arts;
Linguistics;
Cultural anthropology
Classification
0279: Language arts
0290: Linguistics
0326: Cultural anthropology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Education; Language, literature and linguistics; EFL; EIL; English as a foreign language; Identity; Korean; Korean identity; Korean university students; Online community; TESOL
Title
Discursive constructions of Korean identity: University EIL learners in an online community
Author
Concilus, Frank W.
Number of pages
340
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0318
Source
DAI-A 69/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549895916
Advisor
Nienkamp, Jean
Committee member
Deckert, Sharon K.; Rafoth, Bennett A.
University/institution
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Department
English
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3331472
ProQuest document ID
304429690
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304429690
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