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Teaching English in East Asia

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


Part of the Springer Texts in Education book series (SPTE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Clay H. Williams
    Pages 1-23
  3. Clay H. Williams
    Pages 25-46
  4. Clay H. Williams
    Pages 47-71
  5. Clay H. Williams
    Pages 73-94
  6. Clay H. Williams
    Pages 121-146
  7. Clay H. Williams
    Pages 147-166
  8. Clay H. Williams
    Pages 167-184

About this book


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. 


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Akita International UniversityAkitaJapan

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.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Teaching English in East Asia
  • Book Subtitle A Teacher’s Guide to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Learners
  • Authors Clay H. Williams
  • Series Title Springer Texts in Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Texts in Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-3805-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-3807-5
  • Series ISSN 2366-7672
  • Series E-ISSN 2366-7980
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 184
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
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