Korean Experience

TESL Master's Program

Jim Robinson began teaching and living in Korea in 1974, and has spent over six years in Korea in a variety of capacities:

  • From 1974-77, he was a Peace Corps volunteer teaching Middle School English and providing TEFL teacher education workshops for Middle School English teachers in Korea;
  • From 1977-78, he directed several Peace Corps pre-service and in-service training programs for TEFL Peace Corps Volunteers;
  • From June of 1980 through December 1981, he was a Fulbright dissertation scholar in Korea;
  • Since the early 1980s, he has continued to visit Korea and most recently began establishing and maintaining international agreements between SCSU and Korean Universities such as Catholic University, Kyunghee University in Suwon, Woosong University in Daejeon, Yonsei University, and Yonsei University at Wonju.

At present, Jim hopes to set up faculty and student exchanges and dual degree TESL MA programs with Universities in Korea so that SCSU faculty and students can go to Korea to teach and study, and Korean English faculty and students can come to SCSU to do the same.

His publications on education and TEFL in Korea include:

  • Nunch’i and communicative competence for East Asian students, ELT at the Crossroads: 40 years of Research, Teaching, and Service, Seoul, Korea:  Korean Association of English Teachers, pp.478-483, June 24-25, 2005.
  • Teaching Koreans within their own linguistic, cultural and educational contexts, In S. Oak and V. Martin (Eds.) Teaching English to Koreans, (pp. 215-230) Seoul:  Hollym Press, 2003.
  • Cultural Translations for TESL/TEFL Teachers, in Transpacific Exchanges:  A Collection of Academic Papers in Honor of Dr. James H. Robinson, 2002.
  • Ch=emyon in the ESL Classroom, MinneTESOL Journal 15, 1998.
  • Professional Communication in Korea: Playing things by Eye, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 39(3) 1996; Reprint in Intercultural Communication: A Reader, ed. Larry Samover.
  • Korean Teachers and their Expectations of their Students, Korea Journal 33(4): 49-59, 1994.
  • Social Status and Academic Success in South Korea, Comparative Education Review 38(4): 506-530, 1994.
  • Confucian Orthodoxy Meets ESL:  Teaching Across Academic Cultures, (with Patrick Dunham), MinneTESOL Journal, 11 1993.
  • The Importance of a Good Kibun in the ESL Classroom, (with Alex Fisher), MinneTESOL Journal 10 1992.
  • Teaching Across Academic Cultures:  Toward an Anthropology of the ESL Classroom, In M. McGroarty and C. Faltis (Eds.) Languages in School and Society:  Policy and Pedagogy, (pp. 151-168) Berlin:  Mouton, 1991.
  • Linguistic, Cultural & Educational Contexts of Korea,  In The Korea Papers: Profile in Educational Exchange (NAFSA Working Papers No. 10). Washington, DC:  National Association for Foreign Student Affairs, 1990.
  • Social Typing in Korean Schools:  A Transcultural Model, In George D. Spindler (Ed.), Education and Cultural Process:  Anthropological Approaches, (pp. 430-450) Prospect Heights, Illinois:  Waveland Press Inc., 1986.
  • Social Typing in Korean Schools: The Effects of Differential Teacher Interactional Styles, unpublished Ph. D. dissertation, School of Education, Stanford University, 1982.
  • Cultural Differences in the Classroom:  Korea and America, East West Education, Seoul,  Korea:  East West Education Research Institute, vol. 3, # 2, Fall 1982, pp. 83-99.
  • The Emerging Korean-American Family, In The Transition and Present Condition of Traditional Family Systems, (pp. 89-105) Seoul, Korea: The Korean Women's Association, 1981.
  • Spare the Rod and Spoil the Culture:  Cultural Discontinuity in Korea, Korea Quarterly, Seoul, Korea:  Korea Quarterly Publications, Spring 1980, vol. II, # 1, pp. 6-20.

For more information email the TESL Director, Jim Robinson at:  jhrobinson@stcloudstate.edu.

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