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English Language Ideologies in Korea: Interpreting the Past by Jinhyun Cho

By Jinhyun Cho

This quantity severely examines the phenomenon of “English fever” in South Korea from either micro- and macro-perspectives. Drawing on unique learn and wealthy illustrative examples, the e-book investigates key questions: why is English so renowned in Korea, and why is there one of these hole among the ‘dreams’ and ‘realities’ linked to English in Korea? those questions are explored throughout the eyes of English-Korean translators and interpreters, who signify the pro workforce such a lot intensely engaged within the zeal for English language mastery. Macro-perspectives specialise in old components resulting in the increase of English, with English-Korean translation and studying as a key topic. Micro-perspectives discover the goals that folks connect to English and the ways that they think it might probably rework their lives, and distinction those desires with the stark realities felt at the flooring. The gaps among those desires and realities are explored from numerous angles, which come with commodification, gender and neoliberalism. The publication therefore deals clean insights on how the phenomenon of “English fever” has been created, reproduced, and sustained from either old and modern viewpoints.

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