This study chose Kim in the case study since she is a top student in her school. Kim speaks a little bit better English than most of the students and also performs well in English lessons and examinations. Thus, she will be capable of helping us understand how she has successfully mastered English, unlike her fellow students. Background The elementary school where Kim is enrolled is one of the best international schools in Korean. Most of its students are Korean. The school has a population of 199 Korean students and two multicultural students.
As mentioned earlier, she is a thirteen-year-old student who has just started learning English as her second language. She is two years into the program and she is already making progress, although it is slow according to her home teacher. She comes from a wealthy Korean family which is willing to spend to limits to get her everything they deem necessary in terms of education. She has been schooled in America for a year where she acquired more English knowledge. Kim started attending Elementary school for English classes.
She is top in her class in terms of spoken and written English. Her classmates also come from the same social-economic background but Kim has a richer English background due to her interaction with native English speakers. These were the factors which have created a barrier between Kim and the other students. As observed during the study, the students in Kim’ s class are afraid of competing with her due to their perceived superiority. Instructional programKim has been enrolled in Elementary School to study English as her second language. She is in an upper elementary class where they study English three times a week for forty minutes.
The three English lessons are taught by three different instructors: there are a Korean English teacher, a Korean English conversation instructor and an instructor who is a native English speaker. The school puts more emphasis and regard to the native English instructors due to their important role in the school. The school takes a global approach to learning hence seeks to become a global leader in education.
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