Japanese version is here(日本語版)

Fall Lecture 2007

Cosponsored by JACET Kyushu-Okinawa Chapter & LET Kyushu-Okinawa Chapter

Teaching English in Korea: Current Issues and Challenges

Invited Speaker:Dr. Oryang Kwon

(Seoul National Univeristy)

Date: December 22nd, 2007
Venue: Room 304, Building No.2 at Seinan Gakuen University (Webpage)
Time: 15:00-16:30
(Registration will start at 14:45, 15 minutes prior to the lecture)
Participation Fee: Free for the members of JACET Kyushu-Okinawa Chapter/Non-members: 1000 yen/Non-mmbers (students) 500 yen
Party: A small banquet will be held at a Japanese-style restaurant called "Enza(円坐)", near JR Hakata Station. The restaurant charge is 5,000 yen. Feel free to join us.
Pre-Registration: As for the lecture, no pre-regsitration is necessary. If you attend the party after the lecture, please let us know of it by December 20th via e-mail. Our e-mail address is jimu-ko@n-junshin.ac.jp.

Abstract (Language:English)
Since its official introduction into Korean formal educational system in 1883, teaching of English has made both quantitative and qualitative changes. There were major changes in the 1990s that innovated and renovated the teaching of English in Korea. This lecture will review these changes and later developments in English education in Korea. The overall educational system including educational policies, curriculums, teaching methodology, testing, and teacher training will be discussed. Persistent problems and emerging issues in English education in Korea will also be discussed in the lecture.

About the Speaker

Professor Oryang Kwon received his Ph. D degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from the University of Texas at Austin. His teaching career includes two years in a middle school and 30 years in universities. He developed English textbooks and participated in developing the 6th and 7th national curricula of English education in Korea.
He served as the president of Korea TESOL (1995-1996), the Korea Association of Teachers of English (KATE) (2002-2004), and the Korea English Language Testing Association (KELTA) (2000-2007). He has been and is on several advisory committees for the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, including the Committee for the Improvement of English Education, the Committee for the Korean College Scholastic Ability Test, and the Committee for the Innovation of English Language Teaching. He is on the editorial boards of Language Testing, the international journal of ILTA, and Asian Englishes, an international journal published in Japan.
Dr. Kwon is the chair of the Department of English Education, Seoul National University, and the director of the university’s Foreign Language Education Research Institute. His interest areas are language education policies and testing. Currently he is in charge of a test development project for the National English Proficiency Test.

Japanese version is here(日本語版)