Invited Speakers

Keynote Address

Korean as a foreign language in America: On-go Ji-sin 溫故(而)知新

Ho-min Sohn

Plenary Address 1

Getting Back to Fundamentals: Building Strong Pedagogy on the Social, Individual, and Material Foundations of Language Learning

Richard Kern, University of California, Berkeley

In the current era of globalization and intense social and technological innovation, teachers are rightfully asking many questions about how best to deal with new kinds of learners, new technologies, and new formats for language teaching. This talk will propose an approach that brings attention to relationships between current and past language practices in order to prepare learners for the future. This approach involves reflection on how material, social, and individual factors influence the design of communication—and even shape our fundamental ideas about what communication is. The presentation will develop a set of principles and goals for this educational approach, then propose ways to achieve those goals through a "relational pedagogy" that focuses on how meanings emerge from interactions among material, social, and individual resources.

Professor Richard Kern (Ph. D., UC Berkeley) is currently the Acting Chair of the French Department at University of California, Berkeley and Director of the Berkeley Language Center. He teaches courses in French linguistics, applied linguistics and foreign language pedagogy. His research interests include second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, reading, writing, and technology. He is Associate Editor of the journal Language Learning & Technology, has just released a book for Cambridge University Press entitled Language, Literacy, and Technology, and is currently co-editing another book on screens and representations in videoconferencing.

Plenary Address 2

Language and Diaspora: Korean Diaspora's Linguistic Disunity

John Lie, University of California, Berkeley

To talk of "diaspora" implies the sustenance of a peoplehood (ethnonational or ethnoreligious) identity. In spite of the nineteenth-century German Romantic notion of language as the soul of peoplehood, it is notoriously difficult to maintain a natal or native language in a diasporic community. I will offer a broad overview of modern Korean diaspora and discuss the fate of the Korean language in the major diasporic communities.

Professor Lie (Ph.D., Harvard University) is C.K. Cho Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Lie's main scholarly interest is social theory. After working on a reconceptualization of "markets," he sought to rethink the categories of modern peoplehood - race, ethnicity, and nation - which was published as Modern Peoplehood (Harvard University Press, 2004). He is currently working on a systematic work of social theory, tentatively entitled The Consolation of Social Theory. In addition, he is completing a series of books on topics that have bedeviled him: violence, democracy, and the modern (global) university. He also serves on the editorial board of over a dozen journals. Before joining the Berkeley faculty, Lie was Head of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for five years, and directed the Center for Japanese Studies and the Korean Studies Program at the University of Michigan.