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ERIC Number: EJ939947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1345-8353
The Roles of English Language Education in Asian Context
Chang, Bok-Myung
Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, v15 n1 p191-206 2011
This study surveys the history of English language and the roles of English language education in Asian context. Through the historical survey on English dispersal in Asian countries, the first section of this study traces the dispersal of English from the 18th century and the development of English in Asian countries. The second section of this study explains the development and characteristics of English language education policies in Asian countries. These countries belong to the expanding circle according to Kachru's model, and in the expanding circle, English plays a very important role as a tool for interaction among nonnative speakers. This section surveys and compares the developmental characteristics of English language education in Asian countries. The third section emphasizes the important role of English education and the future of English language education in Asian countries. Also this section focuses on the characteristics of English as an International language, and emphasizes the role of English as a tool for inter-cultural communication in the world. The purpose of English language education in the Asian context is to cultivate young people who are well equipped with English capabilities and their own professional abilities. (Contains 1 figure and 1 footnote.)
Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics. Department of English, Namseoul University, 21 Maeju-ri, Seonghwan-eup, Cheonan-city, Choongnam, Korea 330-707. Tel: +82-2-3290-1995; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Asia; China; Hong Kong; Japan; Malaysia; Philippines; Singapore; South Korea; Taiwan