Roles of the State, the Society, and the Professionals in English Education in South Korea
by Dr. Oryang Kwon, Seoul National University
Date: Wednesday April 24th, 2013, 4PM
Place: Humanities Bld. 1006
English language is deemed as a critical element in the people’s endeavor to climb the social class ladder, and in the nation’s efforts to survive and prevail in the competitive international arena. Improvement of English education, therefore, is of primary concern not only to professionals but also to the society and the government in each nation of this region. As such, the three groups assume important roles in English-as-a-foreign language education. If their respective roles are ideally allocated and cooperatively played, the effects of such harmony would be an improvement in English education. However, reality shows that their roles often overlap or are in conflict with each other, resulting in confusion and difficulties. Dr. Kwon will discuss positive and negative effects of these three groups’ roles in policy-making and implementing English education in Korea as well as other Asian countries. Teaching opportunities for English speakers in Korea will also be addressed.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Oryang Kwon is currently a professor at Seoul National University, Korea. Dr.Kwon served as the president of Korea TESOL (1995-1996), the Korea Association of Teachers of English (KATE) (2002-2004), and the Korea English Language Testing Association (KELTA) (2000-2011). He has been and is on several advisory committees for the Ministry of Education of Korea, currently chairing the Advisory Committee for the National English Ability Test (NEAT). He is on the editorial board of Language Testing, the international journal of the International Language Testing Association. In 2012, he chaired the Exam Writing Committee of Korea’s College Scholastic Ability Test (大學修學能力試驗).