|제목||Working Memory and the Learning of English as a Foreign Language: Current Research Practices and Future Directions|
Recent years have witnessed a surge of theoretical and pedagogical interest in working memory in the field of English education, and consequently a number of research papers have been published on the role of working memory capacity in Korean speakers leaning of English as a foreign language. The purpose of this study is to critically review how the existing research on working memory with regard to English learning in Korea has developed over the past decade in an effort to detect the patterns of research practices and to provide insights into future research. To do so, major research databases were searched to find related empirical studies published in peer-reviewed journals and a total of 25 empirical studies were identified. The search results were first described with regard to participants, working memory measures, and targeted English processing and performance measures. The descriptions were then used to detect the patterns of the current working memory research practices with regard to Korean learners English acquisition. The studies were further analyzed in terms of how differences in WM capacity affect or mediate various aspects of English learning. The results of this critical review will be helpful for researchers in identifying the emerging as well as existing trends of WM and SLA research and thus, planning and conducting their own studies on the topic in the future.