As an increasing number of young EFL students are learning and using English with technology outside the classroom (a.k.a. informal digital learning of English [IDLE]), TESOL researchers and practitioners are beginning to explore the various aspects of this emerging phenomenon. To date, several studies have found that IDLE activities are significantly associated with several English learning outcomes. Despite its enormous potential for EFL students, the topic of IDLE has received scant research attention, especially in a tech-savvy Korean society. The goal of this chapter, therefore, is to shed light on how contemporary Korean EFL learners are practicing IDLE activities that are also significantly linked to their English learning outcomes. Drawn from the empirical data, some suggestions for practitioners and policymakers will be offered while considering the unique position of English in Korea. Copyright © 2020 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
|Title of host publication
|The handbook of informal language learning
|Mark DRESSMAN, Randall William SADLER
|Place of Publication
|Published - 2020
CitationLee, J. S. (2020). An emerging path to English in Korea: Informal digital learning of English. In M. Dressman & R. W. Sadler (Eds.), The handbook of informal language learning (pp. 289-301). USA: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Informal digital learning of English
- Korean EFL learners
- Tech-savvy Korea