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. 


Fall 2023 Korean Language Program Courses

Subject Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Institution Meeting Times
KOR 101 01 Korean I Smith College M W F 8:25 AM - 9:15 AM
KOR 101 02 Korean I Suk Massey Smith College M W F 9:25 AM - 10:15 AM
KOR 101 03 Korean I Suk Massey Smith College M W F 10:50 AM - 11:40 AM
KOR 201 01 Korean II Smith College M W F 10:50 AM - 11:40 AM
KOR 301 01 Korean III Suk Massey Smith College W 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM; M 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM

Contact Us

Program Director: 

David Schneider, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages, UMass Amherst

Five College Staff Liaison: 

Ray Rennard, Director of Academic Programs