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Korea Journal of English Language and Linguistics - Vol. 19, No. 4, pp.837-857
Abbreviation: KASELL
ISSN: 1598-1398 (Print)
Print publication date 31 Dec 2019
Received 10 Nov 2019 Revised 11 Dec 2019 Accepted 19 Dec 2019

초등영어 학습자 어휘 수준에 적합한 영어 애니메이션 영화 탐색
김기택 ; 성민창*
제1저자, 경인교육대학교
*교신저자, 경인교육대학교

Exploring English-language animated movies lexically appropriate for Korean elementary school students
Kim, Kitaek ; Min-Chang Sung*


This study applies corpus analysis methodologies to the scripts of twenty popular English-language animated movies to explore whether their vocabulary levels are appropriate for Korean elementary school students. Assuming that elementary school students have learned the 1,000 words designated by the 2015 revised Korean national curriculum for elementary English education, it is examined how many word tokens in each movie should be comprehensible for the target students. The script of each movie was put into Wordsmith 4.0, which catalogued the token frequencies of all lexical types. We then calculated the lexical types that are expected to be comprehensible for the target students as a proportion of the total token frequency of each movie. If 95% coverage of a script is needed for unassisted comprehension (Liu and Nation 1985), only one of the twenty movies ―Finding Dory ― is close to being lexically comprehensible for the students, but they would still need to learn additional 63 words before watching the movie. The main pedagogical implication is that teachers must be careful when choosing and using animated movies in elementary English classes.

Keywords: English-language animated movies, comprehensible input, elementary English education, token and type frequency, the 2015 revised Korean national curriculum

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김기택(Kim, Kitaek), 교수(Professor)경인교육대학교(Gyeongin National University of Education)경기도 안양시 만안구 삼막로 155(Sammak-ro 155, Manan-gu, Anyang-si, Gyeonggido, Korea)Tel: 031-470-6324E-mail:

성민창(Sung, Min-Chang), 교수(Professor)경인교육대학교(Gyeongin National University of Education)경기도 안양시 만안구 삼막로 155(Sammak-ro 155, Manan-gu, Anyang-si, Gyeonggido, Korea)Tel: 031-470-6335E-mail: