A Journey of an African American's Korean as a Second Language Learning in the Korean Community

한국 사회에서의 아프리카계 미국인 학생의 제 2언어로서의 한국어 학습과정

  • Received : 2017.03.07
  • Accepted : 2017.04.14
  • Published : 2017.06.28


This case study examines the experiences of an African American student's successful second language acquisition in Korea. There is an increasing number of multicultural families in Korea; but few research on African American students' second language learning. In the past, some American researchers have analyzed African American students as academic underachievers for learning and there is a scarcity of research on African American students' successfully acquiring a second language. With this qualitative research design, the researchers interviewed, and observed an African American girl named Mary. The researchers also interviewed Mary's mother, teacher, and peers about Mary's Korean language development. The results of this study revealed Mary's determined efforts to become a fluent Korean speaker with support from family, community and friends. Mary underwent unique social and systematic supports for her language development. This paper concludes with the educational implication for multicultural language learners in Korea and the possibility to diminish the common stereotypes of African Americans as underachievers.


Education for minorities;Second Language Learning;Educating African American;Multiculturalism;Korean Language


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