Korean: Korean Languages & Cultural Studies, task-based language teaching, North Korean culture and language, technology in language education, Digital Storytelling
Dae Y. Kim began his career as a Korean language instructor at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, CA. While at DLI, he taught military linguists from the novice level to the advanced level and served as a teaching team leader. He also developed Korean textbooks for the Korean school as a subject matter expert (SME) in the Curriculum Development Department. The developed textbooks and workbooks are still being used in the Korean Language School as the primary instructional resource for the 18-month Korean language curriculum.
In 2017, he taught Korean at Democracy Prep Charter High School in Bronx, New York. Democracy Prep serves minority and immigrant population of scholar-students who are preparing to enter college as the first generation to do so in their families. At this school, Korean is the solely required foreign language subject, and immersive cultural experiences are offered to enrich their learning. He taught the Korean language and culture and organized various school-wide cultural activities.
Since the fall of 2017, he has been working as a Korean language Instructor and Technology Director in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages (MCL) at George Mason University. One of his many responsibilities as a Technology Director is to develop and manage online foreign language placement exams for MCL. As an SME in the Korean language and culture, he has been presenting and facilitating professional development workshops for the Korean as a foreign language teachers in the K-12 schools in the local community.
His interests are in task-based language learning in the online environment, language learning through cultural understanding, and innovative methodologies, such as digital storytelling, that can enhance students' intercultural competence. He has developed a textbook that introduces the North Korean language and culture using the comparative method and has been delivering this course in both online and in-person formats.
He holds a master's degree in Instructional Science and Technology from California State University, Monterey Bay.