Jiyoung Daniel, who teaches all levels of Korean at UNG, is intrigued by how technology can assist in language acquisition.
I earned both my B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in linguistics from the University of Georgia.
Currently, I teach all levels of Korean, assist students in their study abroad experiences in Korea, serve as a recruiting liaison to the Korean community, and teach in the Summer Language Institute at UNG.
I find teaching Korean interesting to not only teach the language but also teach about Korea itself. It is a dynamic country where the traditional Korean culture co-exists with the contemporary Western culture. I regard myself as a “civic ambassador.”
I am intrigued by how technology is enabling language change. Due to the rapid development of the Internet and wireless technologies, Korean Internet language has become so widespread that it is breaking through the boundaries of online communication and ultimately reaching Korean language education. Given the influence of Internet language on Korean education in South Korea, it is crucial for me to update knowledge about the direction of the change to keep current with the latest trends. Globalization of the Internet has prompted a variety of languages to come together online. I investigate the influence of English on Korean language online. Consequently, I use many technological resources in my teaching including Korean drama and variety shows.
My career highlights include being honored to have the opportunity to start the Korean program here at UNG. I am proud that a growing number of students have graduated with a minor in Korean. I am hopeful that Korean can become a major in the future due to the students’ expressed interests.
I hope to inspire in all my students the desire to make the Korean language a part of their lives as a result of my instilling in them a deep understanding of the language and culture. Learning a new language also strengthens students’ intellectual profiles and critical thinking.