For the AATK members participating in the 2019 ACTFL in Washington, DC, please see the message from KSIG officers regarding the Korea Foundation Luncheon scheduled on November 23 (Sat).


Dear AATK & Korean SIG members,


Please come and join us at ACTFL 2019, November 22-24 at Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. Below is the list of Korean SIG sessions and other Korean-focused sessions during the 2019 ACTFL Convention. 


Please note that only CURRENT members of Korean SIG are allowed to attend the Korea Foundation Luncheon. If you’d like to attend the KF luncheon, don’t forget to join as a Korean SIG member or renew your membership for 2019-2020.


Thank you for your understanding in advance. 

We look forward to seeing all of you in DC.


With best wishes,

Korean SIG officers 



ACTFL 2019 Korean-related Sessions and Events


I.  Korean SIG Sessions

Session I. Korean Instructional Design And Material Development (45 mins)

Fri, 11/22: 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM, WEWCC Room 148

Practice-oriented Paper Presentations


“Webtoons” for Intermediate Korean (11:00 AM – 11:15 AM)

Presenter(s): Hae-Young Kim, Duke University; Baroney Eun, Duke University;  Eunyoung Kim, Duke University


Korean webtoons, which depict compelling social scenes, have linguistic and textual properties that suit the proficiency and interests of intermediate students. Design instructional materials using webtoons for the goals of developing their interpretive skills and cultural understanding and connecting them to the contemporary cultural phenomenon.


Connecting Past to Present: History Relevant to Korean Language Learners (11:15 AM – 11:30 AM)

Presenter(s): Patricia Yu, Centreville High School


This presentation explores how Korean historical events are incorporated more relevant to high school students in daily lives into language instruction, given the proximity of museum and multimedia contents. It provides a practical instructional model for Korean teachers to adopt history in content-based language instruction.


Constructive Aspects of Differentiated Instruction in Korean Classes (11:30 AM – 11:45 AM)

Presenter(s): Giseung Lee, Indiana University of Pennsylvania


This presentation examines whether it is feasible to employ Differentiated Instruction (DI) in higher education in the U.S. It heavily emphasizes what could be obstacles to implementing DI and the differences between K-12 and postsecondary DI. After the session, attendees are able to develop their own DI that can be employed at their institution.

Session II. Interculturality, Korean Pop Culture and Assessment  (45 mins)

Friday, 11/22, 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM, WEWCC Room 148

Research-oriented Paper Presentations

Family Language Policies, Practices, and Challenges in Korean Families (2:30 PM-2:45 PM)

Presenter(s): Hakyoon Lee, Georgia State University


This study examines family language policy for language learning and use at home. Sixteen Korean immigrant families in a southern city of US participated, and it presents the parents' educational choices are based on family's socio-cultural and linguistic background, attitudes towards bilingualism, and cultural ideologies.

Impacts of Korean Wave on KFL Learning in US Higher Education Contexts (2:45 PM-3:00 PM)

Presenter(s): Minhee Eom, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


This study investigated impacts of Korean contemporary pop culture, a.k.a. the Korean Wave, on Korean as a Foreign Language in a US higher education context. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses revealed different types of Korean Wave as predictors of the motivation models of this study along with other L2 motivational variable.


Learners’ Experiences/Attitudes towards Integrated Performance Assessment (3:00 PM-3:15 PM)

Presenter(s): Sorin Huh, Emory University


The current study investigates Korean language learners' experiences and attitudes towards Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA). IPA tasks were developed and implemented at intermediate-level, Korean language classrooms, and the learners' experiences and attitudes towards the newly-adopted IPA were examined using a survey questionnaire.


Session III. Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching Korean

Sat, 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM, WEWCC Room 101

Practice-oriented Paper Presentations


Designing and Implementing Youtube Vlog Projects in the Language Classroom (8:00 AM-8:23 AM)

Presenter(s):  Kyae-Sung Park, Mount Holyoke College; Jiyoung Kim, Indiana University; Hye Young Smith, University of Hawaii, Manoa


This session presents a collaborative project in which teachers from three different college Korean programs developed and implemented YouTube video-web-log (vlog) activities for their courses of different levels. We will discuss the mechanics of development and implementation, outcomes, limitations in each case, and pedagogical implications.


Flipgrid for the Comprehensible Classroom (8:24 AM - 8:45 AM) 

Presenter(s): June Choi, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School; Su Young Yu, Irvine High/Saddleback College 


This session demonstrates how Flipgrid, an online video platform can be integrated into the world language curriculum to promote active interaction, engagement and communication while building collaborative learning community. Participants will engage in model activities to foster proficiency in all three modes of communication.





Fri, 11/22, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, The Delegate (Norton Room)

Partner/Sponsor: The Korean Education Center in Los Angeles


At this event hosted by the K-12 Korean Language Teachers Association USA (KLTA-USA), K-12 Korean SIG members, education officials, and fellow Korean language professionals will have a chance to connect and share ideas to advance Korean language and culture. Conducted in Korean. By invitation only.



Sat, 11/23, 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM, WEWCC, Room 101

Partner/SponsorKorean SIG/Korea Foundation


The Korea foundation is delighted to host this luncheon for Korean SIG members. This is an excellent opportunity to network with your fellow Korean language teachers, education officials, exhibitors and representatives from the Korea foundation. Korean SIG business meeting will be held during the luncheon. Conducted in Korean. Current Korean SIG members-only event.



Booth Number: 1327


Booth Number: 1328 


Booth Number: 1330




ACTFL Roundtable Session 1

Learning Korean Language and Culture Using Commercial Advertisements

Fri, 1:30 PM-2:15 PM, WEWCC, Confer-sation Corner, Exhibit Halls D-E

Presenter(s): Su Young Yu, Irvine High/Saddleback CollegeJune Choi, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School


This session demonstrates how to use television commercials as supplementary material for teaching Korean language and how advertising could make lessons culturally relevant.

The presenter will demonstrate the merits of using TV commercials as a teaching tool, how to find and select TV commercials, developing activities with the commercials.

ACTFL Roundtable Session 2

Promoting Social Justice for Young Biliteracy Learners

Fri, 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM, WEWCC, Confer-sation Corner, Exhibit Halls D-E

Presenter(s):  Sehyun Yun, George Mason University; Hye Young Shin, American University


Various learning activities based on social justice standards will be introduced for young Korean/English biliteracy learners. Participants will understand how to (a) develop biliteracy lessons with social justice standard, (b) select literacy materials, and (c) pose questions to promote students' critical thinking skills.

ACTFL Practice-oriented Papers on Literacy I

Multimodal Literacy Through Modern Reimagination of Folktales

Fri, 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM, WEWCC, Room 158A

Presenter(s):  Eunae Kim, University of Pennsylvania


This presentation explores an innovative pedagogical approach to incorporate multimodal literacies into L2 classroom. Students were asked to create their own versions of folktales using multimodal media and publish them as e-books. Digital technologies in the classroom setting enhances learning by mimicking modern, real-life usage of language.


Designing Multiliteracies-based Project Modules for Language Learning

Fri, 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM, WEWCC, Room 158A

Presenter(s): Angela Lee-Smith, Yale University


This session offers insight on how to design Multiliteracies-focused project modules for language learners of all levels by integrating Multiliteracies (Paesani, Allen and Dupuy, 2016) and Standards (The National Standards Collaborative Board (NSCB), 2015) frameworks.


Developing Intercultural Competence through a Korean Simulation Course

Fri, 3:30 pm - 4:15 PM, WEWCC, Room 101

Presenter(s): Naiyi Fincham, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; Sang Yee Cheon, Korean Language Flagship Center University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; Eunsun Lee, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; Leeseul Park, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa


Simulations, as one form of experiential learning, can charge classroom instruction with authenticity and significance of a real-world experience. This session will demonstrate a simulation-based professional Korean course designed to meet the language learning requirements and intercultural communication needs of advanced Korean Flagship students.



Tracking Proficiency in Less Commonly Taught Languages: A Longitudinal Study

Fri, 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM, WEWCC, Room 159B

Presenter(s): Brian Ó Conchubhair, University of Notre Dame; Noriko Hanabusa, University of Notre Dame; Mildred Rivera-Martinez, MRM Language Services; Maggie Vosters, University of Notre Dame


Presenters will discuss preliminary results of a longitudinal study on second language acquisition of undergraduate students studying the less commonly taught languages of Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. Patterns that have emerged related to practices that most effectively promote language acquisition will be expounded upon.


ACTFL Roundtable Session 3

Developing Various Informal Assessment for Online Korean Classes

Presented During:  ACTFL Roundtable Session 3

Fri, 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM, WEWCC, Confer-sation Corner, Exhibit Halls D-E

Presenter(s): Hye Young Shin, American University; Jihye Moon, George Mason University


This roundtable aims to discuss how to embed assessment in instruction for online courses, which allow teachers to understand what students are learning and how they are progressing towards learning goals. The presenters will share how ongoing informal assessments can be implemented in online language courses using various online tools.


ACTFL Practice-oriented Papers on Interculturality II

Synchronous Online Linked Sessions: Implementation, Effects, and Challenges

Fri, 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM, WEWCC, Room 158A

Presenter(s): Soyeon Kim, University of Michigan; Hunjin Jung, University of Michigan


The presentation will introduce a synchronous online linked session between a mixed-level Korean class at a university in the US and an advanced-level English class at a university in Korea. Students' collaborative survey project will be demonstrated with a final note on the challenges and tips for the implementation of a similar program.

ACTFL Electronic Poster Session I

Social Media as a Learning Tool: Six Ways to Use Instagram in the Korean Classroom

Fri, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM, WEWCC, Room: Exhibit Halls D-E

Presenter(s): Jaerin Ahn, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Regarding the growing influence of social media in a language classroom, this poster session explores how social media enable learners to actively engage with the target language. The poster presents six innovative ways to use Instagram in an elementary-level language classroom and discusses its strengths and weaknesses.

ACTFL Research-oriented Papers on Pragmatics

Non-Native Speakers' Expressions of Disagreement in Korean Conversation

Fri, 4:45 PM - 5:00 PM, WEWCC, Room 158B

Presenter(s): Kyoungmi Ha, California State University, Long Beach


This study compares the linguistic and non-linguistic expressions of disagreement of four native Korean speakers and three English-speaking second language (L2) learners (low-intermediate, high-intermediate, and superior levels) during four hours of face-to-face naturally-occurring ordinary conversation.


Fostering Cultural Literacy: Investigating and Interacting With Real World

Fri, 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM, WEWCC, Room 141

Presenter(s): Haewon Cho, University of Pennsylvania; Mijeong Kim, Washington University in St. Louis


This presentation focuses on the promotion of students' intercultural competence, as defined in ACTFL's new can-do statements, through project-based language learning curricula at two universities. Students investigate, identify, describe, explain, and compare what cultural factors, values, and ideas are reflected in the topic of their choice.


ACTFL Roundtable Session 4

5Cs For Korean Language Instruction: Integrating Culture and History

Sat, 9:00 AM  - 9:45 AM, WEWCC, Confer-sation Corner, Exhibit Halls D-E

Presenter(s): Joohan Son, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies; Semi Yeom, University of Maryland, College Park


Presenters describe a professional development program implemented in Fall 2018. Korean language teachers of Virginia learned how to devise tasks based on the understanding of five "C" goal areas and individual differences while integrating culture and history. The presenters discuss the program structure, task examples, and teacher feedback.


ACTFL Roundtable Session 5

Integrating Intercultural Competence in Korean Classrooms

Sat,, 10:00 AM  - 10:45 AM, WEWCC, Confer-sation Corner, Exhibit Halls D-E

Presenter(s): Sungshim Choi, George Mason University; Marjorie Haley, George Mason University


Language teachers play an important role in introducing students to other cultures. Presenters share results of interviews with Korean language teachers who describe how they understand and demonstrate intercultural competence in their classrooms. Results indicated that few teachers used meaningful intercultural strategies in daily instruction.

ACTFL Electronic Poster Session II

Integrating Culture Into Teaching Korean In The Early Stage

Sat, 10:45 AM  - 11:45 AM, WEWCC, Exhibit Halls D-E

Presenter(s): Eunjin Joo, Defense Language Institute


Teachers who are aware of the necessity of integrating culture into language teaching often face the questions of how cultures to be taught In this presentation, she will discuss the importance of integrating culture from the very beginning of the Korean course in order to promoting leaners to use language in culturally appropriate way.


ACTFL Roundtable Session 7

Developing Authentic Materials in the Korean Language Classroom

Sat, 11/23: 2:30 PM  - 3:15 PM, WEWCC, Confer-sation Corner, Exhibit Halls D-E

Presenter(s): Yoon Hwa Choi, University of Virginia


The session covers the establishment of a database of authentic materials to facilitate retention, composition, and recall of course content in foreign language courses. The presenter will share authentic material samples of reading and listening comprehension passages used to engage students in processes of active learning.


ACTFL Electronic Poster Session III

Inspiration for Creative Writing through Wordless Picture Book

Sat, 3:30 PM  - 4:30 PM, WEWCC, Room: Exhibit Halls D-E

Presenter(s): Hunjin Jung, University of Michigan


The presenter will share how to promote students' motivation and interests to develop the writing skills to be an autonomous creative writer. Through wordless picture books, students can develop their own version of the story line deeply and critically to support the illustrations in the selected books with the target readers in the real world.


ACTFL Research-oriented Papers on Language Production

L2 Learner's Production and Perception of Korean Geminate Nasal and Liquid

Sat, 5:00 PM  - 5:15 PM, WEWCC , Room 158B

Presenter(s): Eun Sun Tark


This study focused on English-speaking L2 learners’ production and perception of intervocalic singletons and geminate nasals and liquids in Korean. Perception experiment (same-different design) and production experiments (acoustical analyses: singleton-to-geminate duration ratio and native speaker’s perceptual judgment experiment) were conducted.



ACTFL Research-oriented Papers on Interaction

Language Learning Factors of U.S. College Students Studying Abroad In Korea

Sun, 10:30 AM  - 10:45 AM, WEWCC, Room 159A

Presenter(s): Hyewon Jung, Kyunghee University; Julie Damron, Brigham Young University; Young Joo Kim, KyungHee University


This investigation examined multiple personality, preparedness and social variables that affect second language gains or losses while students participated in a study abroad in Korea. The results provide significant findings related to accuracy, complexity and fluency in connection with extroversion, neuroticism and respect of cultural differences.



Become A Korean SIG Member


We encourage you to become a member of Korean SIG in order to contribute to future conversations with colleagues interested in Korean language education. 


The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) encourages members with shared interest to network and share information within the larger structure of ACTFL. To facilitate these activities, ACTFL has established Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to provide continuous networking and information sharing on a specific topic or area of interest to a subset of ACTFL’s overall membership. SIGs operated under the aegis of ACTFL and are a vital component of ACTFL’s member service activities. 


The ACTFL Basic membership level includes on free SIG, membership levels of Plus and above include two free SIGs. Each SIG after the allotted free amount is $5 per year.


To add this SIG to you existing ACTFL membership, contact