Korean: Korean Linguistics, Language Assessment, North Korean Language, Educational Technology
Hei Sook Yoo's entire academic career has been dedicated to teaching and researching the development of the Korean language and culture 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 was teaching and researching the Korean language and culture as a teaching assistant professor at Georgetown University before joining GMU. She has taught a wide scope of students ranging from K-12 to graduate, and a variety of professional groups for all levels of courses in diverse settings. She has developed various 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 one of the most popular web portal sites in Korea. She has developed Testing and Grading 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 further researching online pedagogy and technology integration in Learning Technologies in Schools in Master's degree program at George Mason Graduate school. Her current teaching-related research interests lie in developing the Korean language curriculum and assessment using digital media literacy and educational technology. For the development of an online/blended curriculum, she received an honorable grant for the 2019 CIBER Business Language Research and Teaching Awards funded by the U.S. Department of Education.