Critical pegagogy in ELT: perspectives and praxis of western English teachers in Korean post-secondary education

Brad, Dragos (2015) Critical pegagogy in ELT: perspectives and praxis of western English teachers in Korean post-secondary education. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Presently, there are numerous Native English Teacher (NETs) teaching in Korean post-secondary educational (PSE) institutions. The aim of this thesis is to explore the views held by NETs with regards to their self-perceived teaching perspectives while working in a Korean PSE setting. The thesis also aims to answer the assertion made in the literature that English as Foreign Language (EFL) teachers are "acritical and atheoretical". To this end, the thesis intends to identify the extent of the NETs’ preference for social reform as a teaching perspective, the NETs stated reasons for identifying with roles as social reformers, how these views are reflected in the NETs’ practice (praxis), what the barriers impeding the adoption and enactment of social reform are, and how the NETs’ perspectives relate to critical pedagogy. The results reveal that NETs in Korean PSE do not align themselves with social reform, yet categorizing NETS as "acritical and atheoretical" may be overly-simplistic. The results show that there are three kinds of obstacles that prevent NETs from engaging more with social reform and being less acritical and atheoretical: 1) NETs teaching in Korean EFL are conflicted and/or confused about their roles as English teachers; 2) there are significant cultural constraints to teaching in Korean EFL as a NET; 3) there are significant pedagogical constraints to teaching in Korean EFL as a NET.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 11890
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 123-134).
Keywords: critical pedagogy, Korea, English as a Foreign Language, English Language Teaching, post-secondary education, social reform
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: December 2015
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Korea
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Postsecondary education--Korea; English teachers--Korea--Attitudes; Critical pedagogy--Korea; Language and languages--Study and teaching--Social aspects--Korea

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