Springer Texts in Education

Teaching English in East Asia

A Teacher’s Guide to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Learners

Authors: Williams, Clay

  • Presents beginning language teaching methodology to aspiring practitioners in East Asia
  • Explains how to adapt Western-developed language teaching practices and methods to better accommodate the realities of East Asian classrooms and learners
  • Explores the educational settings, learning styles, and the history of Western pedagogical methodology implementation in East Asia   
  • Details the prevailing educational psychology and learning/teaching practices in East Asia
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About this Textbook

This book investigates the current EFL market in East Asia, focusing on K-12, university, and cram school English education in Japan, China, and Korea. It explores prevailing educational practices by both Asian learners and teachers of English, contrasting them with Western practices, and illuminating why Western pedagogical methods have often encountered tremendous resistance from teachers, administrators, parents, and students in the East Asian classroom context. After establishing this cultural contrast of pedagogical norms, the book presents a series of practical means for adapting Western teaching practices and philosophies to better suit the learning styles of East Asian students and the cultural context and practical realities of the East Asian classroom, offering both Western teachers working in East Asia and native East Asian teachers realistic plans for turning theory into successful practice. These plans are divided by subsections, focusing on the linguistic subskills being taught: listening/speaking, reading, and writing. Each section includes two contrasting lesson plans to demonstrate how the educational theories and practices promoted by the author can often be implemented by making relatively simple changes to existing practices that incorporate a fuller understanding of how to actively assist students in developing new learning styles and behaviors. 

About the authors

Clay H. Williams is an associate professor in the graduate-level English Language Teaching Practices department of Akita International University (in northern Japan), where he teaches courses on linguistics, applied linguistics, psycholinguistics, and research methods. His primary research interests include cross-script effects on L2 literacy development with special emphasis on Chinese-English and Japanese-English literacy learning skills, lexical access in non-alphabetic script reading, and adapting L2 teaching methodologies to East Asian classroom contexts. He received a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) from the University of Arizona. Over the course of his career, he has taught a wide range of students, from two-year-olds to seventy-year-olds, and practically everything in between, in five countries and three continents.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • The Foreign English Teacher in East Asia

    Williams, Clay H.

    Pages 1-23

  • East Asian Educational Settings

    Williams, Clay H.

    Pages 25-46

  • East Asian Learners

    Williams, Clay H.

    Pages 47-71

  • Teachers in East Asia

    Williams, Clay H.

    Pages 73-94

  • Teaching Speaking/Listening in the East Asian Classroom

    Williams, Clay H.

    Pages 95-119

Buy this book

eBook $74.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-10-3807-5
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $99.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-981-10-3805-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Teaching English in East Asia
Book Subtitle
A Teacher’s Guide to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Learners
Authors
Series Title
Springer Texts in Education
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-3807-5
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-3807-5
Softcover ISBN
978-981-10-3805-1
Series ISSN
2366-7672
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 184
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations
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