Korean: Korean Linguistics, Curriculum Development, Language Assessment, Digital Literacy, Online Education
Hei Sook Yoo's entire academic career has been dedicated to teaching and researching the Korean language and culture development in the U.S. and Korea. She received a Ph.D. in Teaching Korean Language and Culture as a Foreign Language from Korea University. She taught and researched the Korean language, culture, and history as an assistant professor at Georgetown University before joining GMU. She has taught a broad scope of students ranging from K-12 to graduate, and various professional groups for all courses in diverse settings. She has developed multiple textbooks and media materials for Korean language and culture at The International Korean Language Foundation and The Korea Foundation. She has also edited and consulted the Korean Dictionary of Daum.net and Naver.com, which are top of Korea's most popular web portal sites. She has developed Testing for TOPIK (The International Standardized Korean Proficiency Test). She holds the National Teaching License for Teaching Korean Language and Culture conferred by the President of Korea. She is a certified ACTFL OPI tester, OPI rater, WPT rater, and AAPPL rater of Korean. She is also currently teaching as a senior lecturer at the Korea Embassy in DC. and serving as the National Korean Spelling Bee Committee director in the U.S. She also received her second Master's degree in online pedagogy and technology integration in Learning Technologies in Schools at George Mason Graduate school. Her current teaching-related research interests lie in developing the Korean language/history curriculum and assessment using digital media literacy and educational technology. To create an online/blended curriculum, she received an honorable grant for the CIBER Business Language Research and Teaching Awards funded by the U.S. Department of Education.