Five College Korean Language Program Faculty

Suk Massey

Suk Massey
As a veteran member of the Smith faculty, Suk Massey nurtures in her students a passion for learning Korean language through interactive classroom activities. She also provides opportunities to experience Korean culture and build relationships outside the classroom through her annual Korean cooking class and the Korean Lunar New Year celebration.

Massey's research interests include curricular strategies for mixed classes of heritage and nonheritage Korean language learners, as well as innovative pedagogical approaches for the digital generation. Out of her research she has developed the electronic Korean textbook series, Korean Grammar Essentials for Fluent Speaking, which is designed for all levels of beginning and intermediate Korean language classes.

Most recently, Massey launched an interterm online Korean intensive study course, a live-lecture class that has drawn students from around the world. In 2018, she was awarded the Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching.

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Chan Young Park

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Chan Young Park holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in Language and Literacy and Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language from Arizona State University. She joined University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 to launch a Korean program.  She is currently teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced Korean at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Mount Holyoke College.

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Kyae-Sung Park

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Kyae-Sung Park teaches Korean at all levels, primarily at Mount Holyoke College. Her research interests include first (L1) and second (L2) language 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.

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Irhe Sohn

Irhe Sohn specializes in modern Korea, with specific interests in the history of film and media. His research and teaching evolve around the problem of marginality in Korean film history, such as minority audiences, vulgar genre and filmmaking practices largely categorized as failure. Currently, he is writing a book investigating the formation of colonial Korean cinema during the height of Japanese imperialism. Other research projects include South Korean popular films in the 1970s, the history of special effect films, and East Asian film and media theories. He teaches courses on Korean cinema, popular culture, literature and language.

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