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Growth of Korean Language Program in Canada/York University Builds Foundation for Korean Studies

Amid the growing economic and political importance of the Korean Peninsula, the York University’s Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (DLLL) and the Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies have been expanding the their course offerings and research on Korea at York University in recent years. The Canadian University began teaching the Korean language has been taught at the York University for over about 10 years ago. Currently, there are it has nine faculty members who either teach Korea-related courses and/or conduct research on Korea in the following disciplines: disciplines such as art history, history, language and linguistics, literature, political science, and sociology.


Three-year Course Offerings

The Korean Language Program at York University comprises three years of course offerings, which that can be taken by both undergraduate and graduate students. The Korean language These courses are intended to develop designed to facilitate the acquisition of communicative communication skills in standard Korean, with a focus on the balanced development of the four basic language skills ― speaking, listening, writing, and reading ― through various diverse language-learning activities. Korean language The courses also provide sociolinguistic and socio-cultural information, especially when language is intimately closely linked with culture through Korean movies, music, and a number of other cultural activities.

York University In CanadaFrom beginning to advanced levels, all classes are divided into two parts: 1) lectures that include providing information and explanation of conversational patterns in grammatical and pragmatic terms, and 2) tutorials which provide an opportunity for opportunities to practice using Korean in the tasks and activities of daily life situations. The course offerings in the Korean Language Programs include three levels of language courses: Beginning (KOR1000), Intermediate (KOR2000), and Advanced (KOR3000), along with as well as two additional courses on Contemporary Korean Culture (KOR3600) and Korean Linguistics (KOR 3150), all of which are credit courses for a total of 6 credit units. Currently, 223 students are enrolled in the Korean Language Program (2012-2013). The number of students has drastically increased fourfold from the over 54 in the 2003-2004 academic year. For 2012-2013 Three professors are conducting lectures in the current academic year, there are three faculty members offering courses in the Korean Language Programs. (More information can be found is available at: http://www.yorku.ca/laps/dlll/korean/.)

Student Exchange with Korean Universities

York University In CanadaYork University conducts a student exchange programs with some of the top universities in South Korea, including Ewha Woman’s Womans University, Hanyang University, Seoul National University, Sugnkyunkwan Sungkyunkwan University, and Yonsei University. Undergraduate and graduate students studying at York are eligible to attend courses offered by Korean Language Institute courses language institutes at these exchange universities. Students can attend summer programs, ranging from during summer sessions over three weeks to three months. In addition, York students are allowed to can also earn a part of their degree credits at these universities by studying at these universities for one or both semesters of an academic year two semesters. Partial funding support and scholarship aid may be available. (More information can be found at: http://international.yorku.ca/exchange/index.htm.)

Library Resources and Korean Studies Faculty

The Korean Collection collection at York University supports meets the research and instructional needs of the Korean Studies faculty and students. It is a comparatively new collection, with vigorous growth but is growing vigorously in recent years, especially with supplemental acquisition support from the University university.

Currently, York University has holdings of more than libraries the university has 5,229 volumes of Korean monographs, along with 132 Korean visual/audio materials that have been installed onto at the Sound and Moving Image Library. With support from the Korea Foundation for subscription to Korean online resources, the York library provides University libraries provide access to DPpia DBpia (please check which is correct) (http://www.dbpia.co.kr/) and KRpia (http://www.krpia.co.kr).

The Korea Foundation has played a vital role in the establishment of Korean Studies faculty positions promoting Korean Studies at York University through partially funding the positions of three faculty members. Theresa Hyun, who joined York University in 1992, is now a full professor. Her position was with her position initially supported by the Korea Foundation’s grant for the establishment of a tenure-track professorship. Mihyon Jeon who I joined York University the university in 2005, and also benefited from the same generous

support grant support of the Korea Foundation, from 2008 to 2011. After successfully gaining tenure, she is I am now an associate professor of at the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (DLLL). With the rapid growth of the Korean Language Program and the Korea Foundation’s grant for the establishment of teaching staff, Ahrong Lee was hired as a sessional assistant professor in 2011. The Korean Language Program further welcomed 2011, and Yujeong Choi as an instructor in 2012. The following table summarizes has brief profiles of the Korean Studies faculty members at York University.

Name Position/ Department Major/Degree First Year Research
Interests
Mihyon Jeon Associate Professor, DLLL Educational Linguistics/Ph.D.,University of Pennsylvania 2005 Migration and language maintenance, language pedagogy for both KFL (Korean as a Foreign language Language) and EFL (English as a Foreign Language), English as a global language
Ahrong Lee Sessional Assistant Professor,DLLL English/Ph.D.,University of Wisconsin 2011 Phonology, loanword adaptation, non-native speech perception and production, curriculum development for KFL
Yujeong Choi Lecturer,DLLL University of Texas 2012 Second language acquisition, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics
Theresa Hyun Full Professor,Humanities Korean Literature and Culture/Ph.D.,University of Iowa 1992 Translation and cultural changes in Korea since the late 19th century
Janice Kim Associate Professor,History History/Ph.D.,University of London 2002 Modern East Asia, twentieth-century Korea, colonialism and post-colonialism, civil war and migration
Kal Hong Associate Professor,Art History Art History/Ph.D.,SUNY State University of N.Y. Binghamton 2005 Spectacles of expositions, monuments, museums, and public squares
Ann Kim Associate Professor,Sociology Sociology/Ph.D.,Brown University 2006 Immigrant and ethnic integration process, immigration policies, spatial manifestations of urban inequality
Hyun-ok Park Associate Professor,Sociology Sociology/ Ph.D.,UC Berkley 2007 Philosophy of history, crisis of capitalism, epistemological issues associated with comparative studies
LaemHae Associate Professor,Political Science Syracuse University 2007 Urban political economy and culture, Marxist cultural theory, critical legal theory


Outlook for Korean Studies at York University

The Korean Language Program is expected to further expand with growing course offerings as well as rapidly rising interest in Korean language and culture among Canadians. The following new courses will be offered in the upcoming years: Korean Language and Society (KOR3800), Understanding Korea through Films (KOR3650), Business Korean (KOR3200), and Business Culture and Intercultural Communication in Korea (KOR4200). The growing Korean Language Program and strong presence of the Korean Studies faculty, as well as the Korea Foundation’s generous support, have already laid a solid foundation for the establishment of Korean Studies major and minor degree programs, under a long-term vision for the a thriving Korean Studies program at York University.

Mihyon Jeon (Jeon Mi-hyon)
Associate Professor, York University

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