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Kim, Hye-Ryun. 2003. Re-examining the Role of Culture in English Education. The Sociolinguistic Journal of Korea, 11(2). With the continuing spread of English, English has now achieved global status. In the context of English as an International Language (EIL), the goals of culture teaching need to be changed. The purpose of this paper is to re-examine the role of culture in English education in Korea. To this purpose, the paper will first define the concept 'intercultural communicative competence' which is becoming the acknowledged aim of foreign language education in the growing global community. The pedagogical goals of culture teaching in the language classroom will then be explored in the light of changes in the language teaching profession. In order to see this issue in the Korean context and to look into the problems that beset us, the results of a survey on Korean EFL teachers' views of culture teaching will be reported. Finally, the implications of the study for future curriculum development will be discussed. Throughout the paper, it will be stressed that culture teaching is more important than ever before, and should focus on empowering students to function appropriately in cross-cultural communication.