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Korean Journal of General Education 2021;15(5):185-197.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.46392/kjge.2021.15.5.185    Published online October 31, 2021.
Korean University Students' Usage, Awareness and Attitudes Toward ELF
Hyojung Shin
Professor, Tabula Rasa College, Keimyung University
한국 대학생들의 ELF(English as a Lingua Franca) 사용 실태와 인식에 관한 연구
계명대학교 Tabula Rasa College 교수
Correspondence:  Hyojung Shin,
Email: shincess@kmu.ac.kr
Received: 20 September 2021   • Revised: 20 October 2021   • Accepted: 25 October 2021
Based on a survey conducted among 77 Korean university students, this article examined their usage and awareness of ELF (English as a Lingua Franca), and observed if problems which previous researches have claimed appeared among them. By analyzing data gathered via 2 simple questions and 4 descriptive questions, this study found that the respondents appreciated English as a basic medium for global communication. The respondents also reported various domestic and foreign situations in which they used English to communicate with different interlocutors who spoke different native languages. However, critical issues, such as ownership of English, idealized attitudes toward Standard English, and bias against the varieties of English spoken, all of which have been reported in several empirical researches, were also detected. As globalization extends throughout all areas of our life, and as L2 speakers excel L1 speakers in number as a result, this article calls for more effort to discuss ELF issues in general English education for university students. It also calls for the development of new pedagogical practices. The findings of this study could provide for a meaningful start in that it looked into the real life situations of the students.
Key Words: ELF (English as a Lingua Franca), globalization, cross-cultural communication, ELF awareness, attitude, general English education
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