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Reconceptualization of English Ideology in Globalizing South Korea.

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Title:Reconceptualization of English Ideology in Globalizing South Korea.
Authors:Yang, Seung W.
Contributors:Asian Studies (department)
English Ideology
National Competitiveness
Date Issued:May 2018
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:This thesis examines how the South Korean president-elect Lee Myung-bak’s public English education reform plan in 2008 revealed a shift in top-down delineation of language ideology as a mechanism of national competitiveness. The state historically allocated the Korean and English languages as “Korean body” and “Western utensil,” respectively, to frame Korean as an inherent and genealogical character of the nation and English as a necessary but foreign tool. However, qualitative content analysis on Korean news articles reporting on President Lee’s 2008 public English education reform plan showed that the PTC’s English ideology deviated from previous iterations of confining English as a Western utensil. Instead, Lee’s reform plan outlined an eventual Korean-English bilingual nation where speaking English was to become a normative repertoire congruent with Korean identity. Situated within other studies on the evolving nature of Korean identity, this thesis reveals that Korea’s once considered static linguistic identity is showing signs of dislodging as the state continues to pursue national competitiveness in the globalizing world.
Description:M.A. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2018.
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