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The Asian EFL Classroom

Issues, Challenges and Future Expectations, 1st Edition

Edited by Soo-Ok Kweon, Bernard Spolsky


214 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors



  1. Learning Spaces, Learning Management, and Learning Anchors in ELT Classroom in the Philippines: Contexts and Directions (Philip Jay N. Alcoberes and Rosarito T. Suatengco )
  2. Teaching English in Contemporary Chinese Contexts (Haixiao Wang, Hua Chen and Wenyu Wang)
  3. The challenges and changes of the Russian EFL classroom (Natalya Maximova)
  4. In search of order for teaching and learning English in the Malaysian classroom (Cynthia Yolanda Doss and Ramesh Nair)
  5. The Asian EFL classroom: issues, challenges and future expectations applied critical thinking and EFL pedagogy in Vietnam (DýõngThị Hoàng Oanh and Nguyễn Xuân Đạt)
  6. The flipped classroom as a paradigm shift for teaching EFL in Korea (Heyoung Kim)
  7. Indonesian EFL teachers’ responses to in the current and future challenges (Nenden Sri Lengkanawati)
  8. Promoting plurilingualism throughout language classrooms in East Asia: Implications from EFL research in Japan (Shien Sakai)
  9. English education in partnership with third parties: A Case of equity in Hong Kong (Tae-hee Choi)
  10. Building Today for Tomorrow: Teachers and Students in the Singapore English Language Classroom (Donna Lim, Kiren Kaur and Ruth Y. L. Wong)


About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education

In Asia, schooling, teaching and learning are undergoing major changes as a consequence of wider economic, social, cultural and political movements. The success of some Asian countries in international education benchmarks has redirected attention to the region. This is counterbalanced by other countries that are struggling to educate their citizens in the midst of political instability, ideological and religious tensions, poverty and natural disasters. In spite of such broad differences across countries in Asia, pioneering and innovative research is being conducted that is of increasing interest to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and governments worldwide.

The Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education book series will examine key theoretical and empirical research on the changing institutional and cultural contexts of Asian education. The series aims to establish a strong platform for the critical discussion of educational practices and pedagogies in Asia, and is open to Asian and international researchers with a focus on the region. Interdisciplinary research is welcomed, including education, social sciences, psychology, organisational studies, economics, history, political science, cultural studies, and language and literacy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Language Arts