Attitudes to World Englishes: Implications for Teaching English in South Korea

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Taylor & Francis, Mar 27, 2017 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 196 pages

This book critically examines South Korean English teachers’ awareness of and attitude towards eight varieties of English and how they respond to the proposal of a World Englishes approach in their teaching practice. It showcases the deeply rooted favouritism towards American English and illustrates how relevant challenges arising from this attitude can be addressed to meet the changing needs of future participants in international contexts. This book argues that disclosing and questioning the hidden discursive practices embedded in the English education policy in South Korea may be the first step in raising awareness of and in changing negative attitudes towards embracing diversified Englishes. The findings are systemically discussed in relation to the implications that researching awareness and attitude has for pedagogical considerations and for teacher training. This book aims to contribute to the field of WE, where studies relating to the South Korean context are largely limited.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 World Englishes
3
2 Overview of eight varieties of English
17
3 Language and attitude
34
4 English education in South Korea
46
5 Measuring attitudes to varieties of English
56
6 Englishes? Awareness of varieties of English
65
7 Attitudes towards Inner Circle Englishes
74
9 Attitudes towards Korean English
99
10 Preferred teaching models and pedagogical implications
115
11 Pedagogical implications
130
12 Further suggestions
140
References
143
Appendices
161
Index
183
Copyright

8 Attitudes towards Asian Englishes
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Hyejeong Ahn is a Lecturer at the Language and Communication Centre of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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