Native English Teachers’ Sojourner Adjustment Relation to Culture Teaching in Korea

By Nicole Shipton.

Published by The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities

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The Democratic Republic of Korea's English education business is thriving, with approximately six billion USD per year spent on private English education alone. This study investigated 117 Native English Teachers (NETs) to examine their culture teaching in the classroom and how they themselves adjust to Korea. Culture teaching is classified into “Big C” culture and “small c” culture. A cross-sectional analysis of three time-stay groups was used for the NETs: less than two years, from two to five years, and more than five years of teaching in Korea. Correspondence analysis of the three time-stay periods is used to illustrate the results. Results indicated that the more time a NET was in Korea, he/she did more Big C culture teaching, less small c culture teaching, and had adapted to Korea either very well, or had rejected it.

Keywords: Big C Culture Teaching, Small C Culture Teaching, Sojourner Adjustment, Republic of Korea, NETs

The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp.1-15. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: July 13, 2013 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 564.445KB)).

Dr. Nicole Shipton

Assistant Professor, Tourism and Leisure Management Department, Induk University, Seoul, Kyonggi-do, South Korea

I have taught in the Korean educational system for over 10 years, and have experienced firsthand the effects of International Education in the role of both an educator and a student. As an educator, I have worked for the Seoul Ministry of Education at Shinsao Middle School, Sunchon National University. I am currently at Induk University in a tenure track in the Tourism and Leisure Management Department. Prior to my Korean experience, I also taught at Isik University in Turkey. My interests are in the areas of cultural tourism, language and communications (especially intercultural communications), and sojourner adjustment. My Ph.D. is in Global Studies (Korean Studies) from Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea.