This book offers an insight into the 21st century teaching and learning of English in Asia. Despite English being widely recognized as a lingua franca in this era of globalization, the general EFL proficiency of graduates from high schools and even universities in most Asian countries are still below the expectations of policymakers. Given the critical role English will play in the globalized world, this review and examination of the current state of English education in Asia is both important and timely.
This book consists of ten chapters from ten different Asian countries, including the Russian Far East. The scope of the book allows EFL students, researchers and teachers to gain perspectives on many of the significant current issues, expectations, and challenges in the teaching and learning of English faced by Asia in the 21st century.
Soo-Ok Kweon is a Professor at Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Asia TEFL book series.
Bernard Spolsky is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at Bar-Ilan University, Israel.