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ERIC Number: EJ914923
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0737-5328
Teaching How to Discriminate: Globalization, Prejudice, and Textbooks
Lee, Incho
Teacher Education Quarterly, v38 n1 p47-63 Win 2011
Language education is a complex social practice that reaches beyond teaching and learning phonology, morphology, and syntax. Language is not neutral; it conveys ideas, cultures, and ideologies embedded in and related to the language, so that language education needs to be examined not only on the purely linguistic level, but also on the broader social and political level. One of the social and political factors that influence language education is governmental policy. Language education is often subject to explicit policy decisions made by governmental bodies. This study seeks to unveil the influence of South Korea's globalization policy on the content of government-approved South Korean high school EFL (English as a Foreign Language) textbooks. The author examines the ways in which globalization is reflected and promoted in the textbooks. In doing so, the author investigates popular social perceptions about globalization in South Korea and interprets textbook contents within unique South Korean social and historical contexts. Then the implications of this study are discussed with respect to the role that all teacher educators need to play in encouraging pre-service teachers to examine instructional materials through a critical lens. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea