Korean Language Program

The Five College Korean Language Program allows students at each of the five campuses to develop a concentration of study devoted to the Korean language and culture.

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Suk Massey has been teaching Korean at Smith since 1998, and occasionally at UMass and at Mount Holyoke College. She’s written Korean Grammar Essentials for Fluent Speaking, digital textbooks.  In 2018, she was awarded the Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching.

Chan Young Park is a Five College senior lecturer in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Massachusetts. She holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction in Language and Literacy from Arizona State University. She teaches all levels of Korean including Korean History for Advanced Korean language learners. Chan Young’s research interests include second/foreign language pedagogy, bilingualism, and heritage language development.

She creates a vibrant language learner’s community inside and outside the classroom where all Korean language students are encouraged to freely speak the target language for genuine communicative purposes regardless of their proficiency level.

Kyae-Sung Park received her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition from University of Hawai‘i Mānoa. She teaches Korean at all levels at Mount Holyoke College. Her research interests include first (L1) and second (L2) language acquisition, child L2 acquisition, Korean linguistics, and language pedagogy. She is interested in the discourse effects of information structure on native and non-native speakers’ choices in word order alternations. Her research is concerned with whether properties pertaining to different linguistic and extralinguistic levels cause difficulties for L2 learners – and if so, how these difficulties can be theoretically explained and then practically overcome in the L2 classroom. 


Note that if you don't see classes from all campuses currently listed, they will appear as the campuses release their course schedules for the semester. The five campuses release their schedules on different dates. Visit this page for specific dates.

**Students taking a Korean language course may be required to take a placement exam prior to the start of classes.  Please contact your instructor for more information.

Fall 2024 Korean Language Program Courses

Subject Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Institution Meeting Times
ASIAN 160 01 First Year Korean I Instructor To Be Announced Mount Holyoke College MWF 10:00AM-10:50AM
ASIAN 160 02 First Year Korean I Instructor To Be Announced Mount Holyoke College MWF 11:30AM-12:20PM
ASIAN 262 01 Second Year Korean I Instructor To Be Announced Mount Holyoke College MWF 03:15PM-04:05PM
KOREAN 390STA 01 Pre-Advanced Korean I Jee Hyun Lee UMass Amherst M W F 11:15AM 12:05PM

Contact Us

Program Director: 

David Schneider, Associate Professor of Asian Studies, UMass Amherst

Five College Staff Liaison: 

Ray Rennard, Director of Academic Programs