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English fever: Educational policies in globalised Korea, 1981–2018

English fever: Educational policies in globalised Korea, 1981–2018
English fever: Educational policies in globalised Korea, 1981–2018
This paper explores the relationship between education policy and the trajectory of English fever in Korea. English fever refers to a fervent desire to become proficient in English at almost any cost. English fever started with governments’ globalisation efforts in the 1980s and further intensified in the aftermath of the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Drawing on policy enactment theory and analysing policy documents, this paper shows how English fever, once having taken root in Korean society, defied all policy measures to tackle it. The English language having a close relationship with social equity, these policies pursued an additional aim of increasing educational equity for students from low-income families. Their impact, however, proved minimal, partly due to educational stakeholders’ resistance. In order to relieve pressure on students, presidents Pak Geun-hye and Mun Jae-in tried to decrease the strong emphasis on English in curricula during the last decade. Copyright © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
0046-760X
Choi, Tae-Hee
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Choi, Tae-Hee
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Choi, Tae-Hee (2021) English fever: Educational policies in globalised Korea, 1981–2018. History of Education. (doi:10.1080/0046760X.2020.1858192).

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This paper explores the relationship between education policy and the trajectory of English fever in Korea. English fever refers to a fervent desire to become proficient in English at almost any cost. English fever started with governments’ globalisation efforts in the 1980s and further intensified in the aftermath of the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Drawing on policy enactment theory and analysing policy documents, this paper shows how English fever, once having taken root in Korean society, defied all policy measures to tackle it. The English language having a close relationship with social equity, these policies pursued an additional aim of increasing educational equity for students from low-income families. Their impact, however, proved minimal, partly due to educational stakeholders’ resistance. In order to relieve pressure on students, presidents Pak Geun-hye and Mun Jae-in tried to decrease the strong emphasis on English in curricula during the last decade. Copyright © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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Accepted/In Press date: 27 November 2020
Published date: 24 February 2021

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Local EPrints ID: 470862
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/470862
ISSN: 0046-760X
PURE UUID: 6cb05d05-860f-4d61-9a75-fa8486e68154
ORCID for Tae-Hee Choi: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8840-4082

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Date deposited: 20 Oct 2022 16:40
Last modified: 21 Oct 2022 02:02

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