A sociolinguistic profile of English and English education in South Korea
The focus of this paper is a sociolinguistic profile of English and English education in South Korea. Following the discussion on Korea and several Expanding Circle countries that share issues and concerns in relation to English, a brief sketch of contexts of English in South Korea will be presented. The focus will be on English education at the secondary level; the national English curriculum, English textbooks, the national qualification exam for English teachers, and the Plan for Effective Public English Education (The Presidential Transition Team, 2008) will be examined in order to identify areas in need of improvement. Lastly, based on the description provided, suggestions will be proposed for systematic and substantial change in English education in the public sector of South Korea. ^
Margie Berns, Purdue University.
Language, Linguistics|Education, English as a Second Language