Hi-Sun Kim

Hi-Sun Kim

Senior Preceptor in Korean
Director of the Korean Language Program
Hi-Sun Kim
In the Fall of 2015, Hi-Sun Kim joined the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations as the Director of the Korean Language Program. Prior to coming to Harvard, she served for over 10 years as the director of the Korean Language Program at the University of Chicago and possesses additional teaching experience at other universities, including Northwestern University, University of Hawaii at Manoa and Ohio State University. She received her Ph.D. in Korean language and linguistics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, with her dissertation research focusing on a comparison of the language processing of Korean heritage and non-heritage language learners. Since then, she has continued to research and publish on various issues related to the linguistic profile of Korean heritage learners, paying special attention to the social, global, and political impact on language acquisition, maintenance, and attrition of immigrant and minority languages. Based on her research background, she also designed and taught a course on second language acquisition and pedagogy for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as an accelerated Korean language course, which is specifically designed to address the unique linguistic needs of Korean heritage learners with the goal of fast tracking them into a more advanced level. From 2011-2014, she served as an Executive Board member for the American Association for Teachers of Korean (AATK). She was one of the task force members in the development of the National Standards for Korean Language Learning and Teaching, which was published in 2012 through ACTFL. Currently, she is involved in projects to develop a national standard-based curriculum framework and assessment guide for college-level Korean language curricula.

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p: (617) 495-5928
Office Hours: Thu 2:30-3:30 (via Zoom, by appointment only)

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Language Programs