Coalition Language Representative

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Yun J. Kim, Ph.D., is a professor of Linguistics at Emory University and the director of the Language Acquisition Lab. She specializes in first language acquisition. Her research areas are in word segmentation, phonology/morphology acquisition, artificial language learning, and second/heritage language acquisition. She is currently developing second/heritage language corpora in the Atlanta area. Dr. Kim has taught a seminar on heritage language learning and teaching, focusing on Korean, Japanese, and Chinese, which includes a service-learning module. Dr. Kim has been actively involved in community-based Korean heritage schools as a parent and a teacher. 

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Hye Young Shin received her Ph.D. in Multilingual and Multicultural Education from George Mason University and Master’s degree in TESOL from American University. As a native Korean, she has taught both heritage and non-heritage students in a variety of settings, including colleges, U.S. government facilities, Korean heritage schools, and K-12 public schools. To complement her classroom instruction, she has developed her own Korean language educational website and an online curriculum for upper-level Korean in Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia. She has worked with Korean heritage school teachers while doing community outreach programs, providing several teachers’ workshops, and serving on the Education Advisory Committee for the Washington Association of Korean Schools. She is an ACTFL-certified Korean OPI tester and WPT rater. In addition, she holds a Virginia State Post Graduate Professional License (Korean) for preK-12. Her current research interests include retaining heritage language and culture among Korean immigrants, heritage language teacher education, language teachers’ identity, and Korean language pedagogy.



Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2019