Journal Articles: TESOL Review, 2010

TESOL ReviewFull reference: Pollard, Andee. (2010). English and the Korean Learner: A Question of Wants, Needs and Intelligibility. TESOL Review, 2, 75-96.

Abstract: This paper looks at how the Korean learner of English perceives a selection of English varieties – General American English, Indian English, Irish English, Korean English and Received Pronunciation – as well as how intelligible these same varieties are perceived. It is through understanding the perceptions of our students thatwe can determine what the best course of action is for them in relation to their English acquisition. This quantitative study presents findings that appear to suggest that English education in Korea and the Korean learner of English are being partially influenced by linguistic imperialism. In competition to this linguistic imperialism, and in the hopes of increasing receptive intelligibility levels for the Korean learner of English in the international context, this research takes what is essentially a World Englishes approach to English as a Lingua Franca and suggests that learners of English could benefit from exposure to otherwise unfamiliar varieties of English.

KEYWORDS: Intelligibility, Korean English, World Englishes, ELF, TESOL

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