An Autoethnography in Jejueo Revitalization

Date of Award

Spring 5-14-2021

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Boyd Bradbury


Jejueo Korea


An Autoethnography in Jejueo Revitalization


This action research project presents an autoethnography of the education of Jejueo (jay-joo-aw), a Korean language spoken primarily on Jeju Island, a semiautonomous island off the southwest coast of mainland Korea. A scholarly literature review and looking at media about Jejueo shows the conundrum of whether Jejueo is a language or a dialect. Looking at Jejueo’s first published textbook, one can see the emergence of learning Jejueo as an academic endeavor, and one can compare the effectiveness of the textbook to other foreign or second language textbook. An autoethnography that explores what one can do to help revitalize Jejueo gleans current information and attitudes regarding what lies ahead for this critically endangered language. This research recommends further investigation into the teaching practices of Jejueo, as well as what an individual can do in order to perpetuate the learning and teaching of this language.

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