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Hye-Sook Wang Associate Professor of East Asian Studies, Chair of East Asian Studies

Hye-Sook Wang received her Ph.D. in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She teaches all levels of Korean language and culture courses and coordinates Korean Studies and study abroad in Korea. Her primary research interests are in sociolinguistics, cross/intercultural communication and pragmatics, and applied linguistics (mainly acquisition of Korean as a second or foreign language).

Brown Affiliations

scholarly work

a.  Books/Monographs  

  • History and Evolution of Korean Programs in U.S. Colleges and Universities (ed.) (forthcoming from the Korea University Press)
  • Frog’s Tears and Other Stories: Readings in Korean Culture. 2009Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (304 pp, ISBN: 978-0-88727-631-6)
  • Generation Gap and Other Essays: Readings in Korean Culture.  2008.  Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (358 pp, ISBN: 978-0-88727-536-4)
  • Integrated Korean:  High Advanced I (co-authored with H. Lee & S. Cho).  2005.  Honolulu: The University of Hawaii Press. (265 pp, ISBN: 0-8248-2569-1)
  • Integrated Korean: High Advanced II  (co-authored with H. Lee & S. Cho).  2005.  Honolulu: The University of Hawaii Press. (281 pp, ISBN: 0-8248-2580-2)
  • The Role of Gender in Interactional Learner Communication Strategies. 1996.  Seoul: Hanshin Publishing Co.                                       

b. Refereed Journal Edited as Editor-in-Chief

  • Korean Language in America: Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Korean, Vol. 10-17 (2005-2012).  American Association of Teachers of Korean.     

c. Articles (since 2011)

  • "Bi-racial Koreans and Their Approaches to Korean Language Learning" 2014 (with C. Liu). Teaching Korean as a Froreign Language, Vol. 40, 171-206. 
  • “Korean Language Teachers in Higher Education: Profile, Status and More” 2014. Journal of Less Commonly Taught Languages, Vol. 17.
  • “Trends and Issues in Korean Language and Culture Education Research: A Comparative Study” in S. Sohn, S. Cho & S. You (eds.) 2013. Studies in Korean Linguistics and Language Pedagogy: Festschrift for Ho-min Sohn, Seoul: Korea University Press.
  • “Culture in the Textbook, Culture in the Classroom, Culture in the Korean Language Curriculum” in A. Byon & D. Pyun (eds.)  2012.   Teaching and Learning Korean as a Foreign Language.  Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press.
  • “A Proposal for Advanced Level Korean Curriculum,” Korean Language in America, Vol. 17, Special Issue, 2012, 109-127.
  • “Language, Culture, and Film: An Integration Model for Korean Language and Culture Education”  2012.  Proceedings of the 7th International Conference of Korean Language and Culture Education Society, 351-357.  (in Korean)

<Refereed Online publication>

  • LangNet Online Learning Materials in Korean (co-authored), 2004-2005.  www.LangNet.org. National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland
 

 

research overview

Professor Wang is primarily interested in how English learners of Korean acquire Korean as a second or foreign language (KSL/KFL). She is also interested in the gender differences in language learning and usage, especially from a politeness perspective. Professor Wang also investigates cross-cultural and intercultural communication. In addition to conducting research on these topics, she has been actively developing language teaching materials.

funded research

Completed Grants 
  • Competitive Research Grant, Academy of Korean Studies, 2011-2012, 2012-2013
  • Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship, Brown University, winner of 1999-2000 academic year

  • Visiting Lecturer Grant, Academy of Korean Studies, 2011-2012, 2012-2013

  • Summer UTRA Award, Dean of College, Brown University, Summer 2012
  • International Travel Fund, International Affairs, Brown University, 2012
  • International Travel Fund, International Affairs, Brown University, 2008
  • National Flagship Language Initiatives Program Evaluation Grants, Center for Advanced Study of Language, University of Maryland, 2005-2006
  • LangNet Grants, National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland, 2003-2005
  • Humanities Research Grants, Brown University, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013
  • IVY League Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning Grants, 1996-1997, 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 2000-2001, 2007-2008, 2010-2011
  • Fellowship, Center for Language Education and Research, Michigan State University, for summer workshops, 1997
  • Curricula Development Grant, Brown University, 1996-1997, 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 2004-2005, 2008-2009
  • Wayland Collegium Faculty Study Grant, Brown University, 2000-2002 (with K. Yamashita & L. Domizzio)
  • UTRA (Undergraduate Teaching and Research Assistantship) award, Brown University, 1993-1994, 1994-1995, 1995-1996, 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2004-2005, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010