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Graduation qualification for English proficiency in universities

  • Modern English Education
  • Abbr : MEESO
  • 2011, 12(4), pp.282-302
  • Publisher : The Modern English Education Society
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Language Teaching

YOUNG JOO BANG 1 양미란 2

1명지대학교
2동아방송예술대학

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ABSTRACT

The study aims to investigate the graduation qualification for English proficiency implemented in 37 universities in Korea. Policies and regulations of the English graduation qualifications were collected from the websites of the universities and examined in terms of the beginning school year, types of test, qualification requirements, administrative management, and alternatives for disqualified students. The findings indicated that since Sungkyunkwan University introduced the graduation qualification in 1996 for the first time, the number of universities adopting the system has been constantly on the rise. Such findings suggested that, by including English proficiency as a part of graduation requirements, the universities reinforced their efforts to fulfill the social expectations for college graduates. The findings also indicated that most universities adopted TOEIC and, TOEFL as legitimate tool for qualification tests,and that the minimum test score for qualification varied from college to college, or major to major, in a university. Finally, it was found out that the alternative qualification tools for the students, who failed to obtain the minimum test scores,varied widely among these universities. This study will be helpful to universities or educational organizations planning to implement the graduation qualification for English proficiency by enabling them to devise a more effective and advisable policy based on a closer investigation of it

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