ERIC Number: EJ1085162
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
English Is for Dummies: Linguistic Contradictions at an International College in South Korea
Kim, Stephanie K.
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v46 n1 p116-135 2016
Under the slogan of internationalisation, Korean universities have opened international colleges as a way to better attract and accommodate foreign students. However, due to a lack of foreign student recruiting capability, the majority of the students who enrol at one such international college are not foreign, but Korean. Contradictions arise when the English-language medium enforced by the foreign faculty members of the college conflicts with the linguistic practices of the mostly Korean student body. This article uses an international college in South Korea as a case study for the examination of the role of English on student life at Asian universities pursuing internationalisation strategies via the recruitment of foreign faculty members. Paradoxically, by establishing an international college that aggressively enforces the English language medium, the Korean university has created an environment where students avoid using English at all.
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Usage, Korean, Case Studies, International Education, Educational Strategies, Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, College Faculty, Language Role, Asians, Universities, Student Recruitment, Language of Instruction, College Students, Ethnography, Educational Quality
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Korea