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Oryang Kwon




Oryang Kwon


Professor Oryang Kwon received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, USA. His career had been devoted to ELT and research before he retired from the Department of English Language Education, Seoul National University, where he is currently a professor emeritus. He served as the President of Korea TESOL, Korea Association of Teachers of English (KATE), and Korea English Language Testing Association (KELTA). He also served as an editorial board member of Language Testing of the International Language Testing Association and that of Asian Englishes. He has written numerous secondary-school English textbooks, co-authored \\\\\\\"A History of English Language Education in Korea\\\\\\\" and edited a book titled \\\\\\\"New Horizons in English Education Research\\\\\\\" (2014). He is currently translating books in ELT and testing.


ABSTRACT
TESOL and Tesology in Asia: A Critical Review

In Asian EFL countries, most students experience the difficulty in the use of the spoken language. One of the reasons is that English has been taught mainly as a written language, without many opportunities to use it in live conversation. And the Asian scholars in “Tesology”, studies on TESOL, have been affected by theoretical changes in the “inner circle” of the English speaking academia, almost to the degree of Tesological imperialism. This paper reviews the TESOL and Tesology in Asia to see how we, EFL specialists, are doing our job, with a greater focus on the Korean context.