The purpose of this study is to investigate the Korean language learner and the instructor’s perception about Korean buddy program and to analyze the difference between the learner’s perception and the instructor’s perception as a basic study to enhance the efficiency of the program. In order to do this, we investigated the learner’s perception about the program by variables and implemented in-depth analysis using SPSS(23.0) program. Also we analyzed the differences of perception in order to utilize the instructor’s expertise and rich experience for improving the buddy program.
As a result of the needs survey for learners, it seems to be necessary to develop a differentiated program according to the learner’s proficiency. Especially, regarding the buddy’s academic background and nationality, both the learner and the instructor do not absolutely require the standard of being a Korean university student. The result of the differences analysis revealed that there is a significant difference between the learner and the instructor about the main role of the Korean buddy and the usefulness of the program. These research results implies that it is necessary to reestablish the buddy’s role and to reorganize the contents of buddy’s activity. (The Catholic University of Korea)