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Korean Language and Linguistics;
Director, Korean Flagship Program
I am an associate professor of Korean linguistics and also serve as director of the Korean Language Flagship Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. My primary research interests include Korean phonology and phonetics, second language acquisition, content-based instruction, teaching language and culture of Korea through Korean film. I am a recipient of the 2009 Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching at UHM.
Ph.D: University of Hawaii at Manoas, Linguistics
M.A.: Sookmyung Women’s University (Seoul), English linguistics
B.A.: Sookmyung Women’s University (Seoul), English language and literature
• Korean linguistics
• Phonetics and phonology
• Second language acquisition
• Content-based instruction: Curriculum and assessment
• Teaching Korean language and culture through media (films, ads, and news, etc.)
Essentials of Korean Culture (Co-edited with H. Sohn), Seoul: Korea University Press, 2013.
Innovations in Teaching Advanced Korean (Co-edited with H. Sohn and H. Koh), Special issue of the Journal The Korean Language in America 17, 2012.
“The Identification of nasals in a coda position by native speakers of American English, Korean and Japanese,” (co-authored with Takeshi Nozawa), Journal of the Phonetic Society of Japan,15, 5-14, 2012.
“Teaching Korean Culture with Advertisements: Change and Persistence in Family Values and Gender Roles” (co-authored with Kevin Kim), The Korean Language in America, 15, 1-22, 2010.