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Korean as a World Language

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
12:00 AM
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building, 1080 South University
Sungdai Cho, Associate Professor of Korean and Linguistics, SUNY at Binghamton


Professor Cho will explore the ways in which Korean has become a world language from three different perspectives, (1) national standards for Korean language learning and performance guidelines from both heritage-learners’ and non-heritage learners’ perspectives, (2) SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and AP (Advanced Placement) for K-12 perspectives, (3) national security and world economic perspectives. As there are three major populations of Korean learners, the actual struggle in teaching Korean is to accommodate these three populations. Professor Cho will offer suggestions that will enlighten future directions for Korean to become a world language with respect to the teaching and learning of foreign languages.
Sungdai Cho is Associate Professor of Korean and Linguistics in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, and founding Director of the Center for Korean Studies, SUNY at Binghamton. He was a Korean Studies Director at the University of Michigan (1993-1996) and Stanford University (1996-2000) before joining State University of New York at Binghamton in 2000. He is internationally renowned in Korean linguistics and its pedagogy, including his main interest in Syntax, Learning Motivation and Testing.