Jaime Chung

Email: jhjchung1@sheffield.ac.uk
Supervisor: Dr. Mark Payne

Title of Thesis:

Exploring the South Korean “Manager Moms”: The Role and Issues of English Language Education in Self-directed Lifelong Learning


I intend to investigate how highly-educated South Korean mothers cope with the educational phenomenon called “English Fever” (Park, 2009; Seth, 2002) when it comes to educating their children. The study also aims to understand how the processes of managing and guiding their kids’ English language education actually affect these mothers in their own learning endeavour, which will be explored through the theory of lifelong learning (Field, 2006; OECD, 2001).

The main research questions I anticipate to explore are:

1) What roles do South Korean moms play in children’s English language education?
2) What is the status of English in South Korean society and how does it influence Korean moms?
3) How do South Korean moms position themselves in teaching and learning English?
4) What are the issues in self-directed lifelong learning in South Korea?