University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor Sue Kim is a lead lecturer on the Korean language and culture. She received her Master's degree of Arts in Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and graduated from Ewha Womans University, Korea, and Pratt Institute, New York. She has taught Korean to students at Howard University as well as U.S. government diplomats and senior-level military officers globally and virtually for many years. Her expertise includes immersion programs, language testing and teaching, and curriculum development. Most recently, Professor Kim lectured Korean at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State, Virginia, and Middlebury College, Vermont. She is a member of the National Language Service Corps (NLSC), and has also served as a selection panel for the U.S. State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship Program. Her office is located in Locke Hall 360.
Welcome to Korean Class!
Language is a great gift. Communication initiates between two individuals through language, but then it swells into a community, a culture, and a nation. The Korean language represents the unique cultural aspect of Korean people. When I teach Korean, I not only use grammar and theories as a learning foundation, but I devote much time to discussing the cultural background such as history, food, and family traditions. Learning the Korean language without knowing these backgrounds is nothing but memorizing knowledge.
The relationship between the U.S. and South Korea is becoming more significant in global affairs and economies. The need for experts who can comprehend the Korean language and culture is a priority at this time. Since the Korean War, it is not only the sweet taste of Korean barbeque that has grown spicier, but also the Korean spirit through language and culture. We watch films about how Korean citizens fought for their political freedom and civil rights in the 1980’s. I would love to share my passion and real-world experience with you because we need a future of Korean representatives to spread appreciation for our language and culture!