Reflection On Korean Learning

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As the world around us changes, so does the way education is viewed and impacted. Over the years, academic relations and activities have adapted to the needs and opportunities presented by social, cultural, political and economic conditions of the developing world (Knight, 2013). To keep up with the changes of the new generation, an array of new learning techniques and strategies have been studied, helping both teachers and students develop their understanding about the range of ways information is learnt best, based on learners individual strengths and weaknesses.

I decided to reflect upon my experience of learning Korean, as it is something that has been a part of my life since I was young. Through this reflection, I chose to investigate the concepts of ‘surface and deep processing’ and ‘self-efficacy’ to gain insight of what my personal strengths and weaknesses are when it comes to my study habits. Reflection of my own learning experience will help me expand my knowledge as a pre-service teacher, in order to help my students learning in the future.

Being born into a Korean background always meant that speaking Korean would be an important aspect in my life, however, living in Australia since I was three and going to an English speaking school meant that Korean would be my second language. I could speak very simple Korean, but could not write or read properly. I always had difficulty communicating with my grandparents over the phone and spoke more English than Korean at home, even though my parents could not understand English well. Due to family expectations, my mum forced me to go to Korean school every Saturday when I was in grade three. During school, I would always be on...

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... or task is defined as self-efficacy (Bandura, 1986, 1997). Self-efficacy has been associated with more effective learning and study skills (Robbin et al. 2004), such as deep learning as mentioned in the previous concept. Hence, my low self-efficacy that I showed in my working abilities showed through in my work and learning. Self-efficacy is an important aspect when it comes to academics as it is one of the core components of self-regulated learning (Schunk, 2005).

Once I started learning with meaning through deep processing, my marks went up, boosting my self-confidence as well. I was able to approach tasks with more belief that I could successfully compete it,

As a pre-service teacher, analysing my own learning experience gives me insight into how I important it is to should students in a way that address their individual strengths and weaknesses.
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