McCone Building 129
Assistant Professor, TESOL/TFL
I have had the wonderful opportunity to work as a language specialist in diverse linguistic, sociocultural, and political environments such as South Korea, Canada, Germany, Italy, and the USA throughout my career. I began my career in Seoul, Korea as a high school English teacher as well as a test writer in a private TOEFL institute. Motivated to be a better teacher I decided to enroll in the MA TESL program at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and later my Ph.D. at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. While in Canada, I worked as a Pedagogy Consultant for the Foreign Language Institute of Ottawa which offers 43 different foreign language training programs to the Canadian diplomatic corps and Members of Parliament. I was responsible for the in-service training of teachers from diverse age, cultural, educational and professional backgrounds including African, Asian, and Arabic countries. It was an eye-opening experience to work with so many great teachers from various walks of life.
In Italy, I taught EFL at the University of L'Aquila in Abruzzo and worked as a tester of the Preliminary English Test and the First Certificate in English following the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Before coming to the Monterey Institute, I taught academic listening and speaking skills to international students at the College of Saint Elizabeth in New Jersey and intensive ESL courses to adult immigrants for the Family Literacy Program of University Settlement in New York City. I joined MIIS in 2009 and have been very impressed with its multi-cultural, cross-linguistic, and innovative approaches to teaching and learning implemented by dedicated faculty and students.
My research interests stem from my own experience as a language learner and focus on language learners' agency and identity, and language teaching methodology. My academic papers have been presented in various international conferences. I have contributed a chapter to an edited volume entitled Writing (in) the Knowledge Society (Parlor Press & WAC Clearinghouse, in press) and published articles in ITL International Journal of Applied Linguistics and Sociolinguistic Studies. I currently serve as a reviewer of The Modern Language Journal and The Asian Journal of English Language Teaching.
Language teaching methodology and teacher education; second language (L2) acquisition; sociocultural theory of L2 education; learner agency and identity; L2 academic literacy development
PhD in Second Language Education, McGill University, Montreal, Canada; MA in Applied Linguistics, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Courses offered in the past four years.
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EDUC 8500 - Principls/Practices Lang Tchng ▹
Provides an overview of language teaching and learning principles from both historic and current perspectives. Illustrates application of teaching principles through practical examples.
Fall 2009 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS
EDUC 8620 - Practicum
Provides students with an opportunity for supervised teaching experience in ESL or foreign language classes. Discusses classroom-centered research; reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities; professional development; materials development; and reflective teaching.
Spring 2010 - MIIS, Fall 2010 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS
EDUC 8650 - Portfolio Seminar ▹
Consists of a series of workshops leading to the integration of issues and ideas in the MA program, and to the development of a portfolio of work.
Fall 2010 - MIIS, Spring 2011 - MIIS, Summer 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS
LING 8531 - Pedagogical Grammar in FLT ▹
This course is designed to provide teachers of different languages with opportunities to investigate and practice pedagogical subject matter knowledge and grammar teaching strategies in the language that they teach. There will be a number of different languages represented in the class, which will afford multiple opportunities to explore, investigate, and share a variety of pedagogical perspectives and linguistic experiences.
The course will combine a focus on recent theoretical approaches to grammar (cognitive grammar, construction grammar, systemic – functional grammar) with innovative and practical approaches to teaching and learning in an authentic, action-based and interaction-rich setting.
Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS
LING 8630 - Second Language Acquisition ▲
Surveys, in seminar format, research in second-language learning relating to language teaching and learning. Discusses the role of affective variables, interaction, learner strategies, and learner factors in the language acquisition process. Prerequisite: Language Analysis
Fall 2009 - MIIS, Spring 2010 - MIIS, Fall 2010 - MIIS, Spring 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS
LING 8640 - Applied Linguistics Research ▲
Requires original research to be conducted by the student on issues such as language attitudes, cultural variables, language learning, or other topics from sociolinguistics and second language acquisition. Introduces a range of research methods, including exposure to various data collection and analysis procedures in both the qualitative and quantitative research traditions.
Fall 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS