In this episode, we sit down with Meejeong Song, senior lecturer and coordinator for the Korean language program at Cornell University. We talk about the wide set of teaching schools that she utilizes for her classes, from facilitating teacher/student interaction via web-based audio, to coordinating travel abroad programs in which students are learning Korean while immersed in the rich culture of South Korea.
Ms. Song received her M.A. in Korean Studies (Teaching Korean as a Second Language) in 1998 and her B.A. in Korean Language and Literature (Major) and English Language and Literature (Minor) in 1995 from Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea. Her M.A. Thesis Title: A Study on Using Small-Group Work to Teach Korean as a Foreign Language to Beginners.
Ms. Song has experience teaching all levels of Korean at Cornell. Her research interests include Second Language Acquisition, web-based teaching material development, interactive student group project development, and technology-aided teaching methodology, etc. She is an active member of AATK (American Association of Teachers of Korean), ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and MLA (Modern Language Association). She has been conducting various summer projects supported by a grant from the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning, and creating the course project websites with students.
Ms. Song is actively attending various workshops and talks related to language teaching. She loves teaching Korean and also learning other languages. She speaks Japanese at the intermediate level and is hoping to learn Chinese in the near future.
On October 13, 2014 Ms. Song was featured on Daily Edventures by Microsoft, which highlights global heroes in education. Please follow the link to see the interview with Ms. Song.