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The English Majors’ Expectations, Experiences, and Potentials: Inputs Toward Korea’s Globalization

Ian Done D. Ramos
Department of English Language and Literature, The University of Suwon 17 Wauan-gil, Bongdam-eup, Hwaseong City, Gyeonggi-do 445-743, South Korea
Abstract :
This paper determined the English majors’ a) expectations in terms of class contents, teaching 
methodology, and teacher's professional/personal traits; b) experiences in terms of English 
classes, outside school socialization, and dealings with foreign professors; and, c) potentials 
in terms of critical thinking-driven and communicative activities. Results revealed that there 
is a discrepancy between their expectations, experiences, and potentials in achieving 
communicative competence due to cultural aspects, amount of communicative outputs, 
limitation of critical thinking, teaching and learning orientations, and English education 
system. However, the researcher still believes that Korean students majoring English still 
have the potentials to excel in communicative challenges towards Korea’s globalization by 
putting up more international schools that are affordable and English conversation clubs on 
campus, by implementing CLT-based approach more meaningfully, by integrating culture in 
the curriculum but use effective techniques to draw out student’s attention to communicate, 
and by designing a curriculum training program for English teachers and English majors 
more meaningfully. 
Keywords :
communicative competence, 'strong' and 'weak' versions of communicative approach, instrumental motivation, cultural competence, culturally competent teaching and learning, critical thinking

Date Deposited : 28 Apr 2014 10:40

Last Modified : 28 Apr 2014 10:40

Official URL: http://www.macrothink.org/journal/index.php/ijele/article/view/4963/4036

Volume 2, Number 1, - 2014 , ISSN 2325-0887

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