My research interests are mostly in the field of Korean linguistics, L2 phonology and computer-assisted language learning. I have investigated how learners acquire L2 sounds and technology can be leveraged to improve the perception and production of L2 sounds. Currently, I am involved in a number of experimental studies by collaborating with linguistics and speech technologists to develop web-based auditory training programs which provide learners with audio and visual input and feedback. Languages I have worked on include Korean, Canadian and American English, French, and Mandarin.

My specific research interests are as follows.

Web-based auditory training in L2 acquisition

Speech perception and production

  • Effects of speech rate on Korean stop perception by L1 listeners
  • Effects of corrective feedback on the perception of Korean three-way contrasts by L2 learners
    • Feedback type1
    • Feedback type2
    • Feedback type3
    • Feedback type4
  • Perception of French sounds by L2 learners
    • Vowel discrimination
    • Vowel identification
    • Consonant discrimination
    • Consonant identification

Mandarin and English loanwords in Korean

  • The effects of phonetic duration on loanword adaptation: Mandarin falling diphthong in Chinese Korean
  • Variable vowel adaptation of English word-final stops in Korean loanword phonology

L2 pedagogy

  • Project-based digital storytelling approach for improving oral and written proficiency in the Korean language
    • Student work samples
  • Project-based learning in Korean as a foreign language: A study on the production of book trailers and learners’ responses
    • Student work samples