Department of Languages and Cultures

Dr. Keumsil Kim-Yoon


Office:   Atrium 236
Phone:   (973) 720-3041
Office Hours:   Tues. & Weds. 3:00-4:00 pm, and Thurs by appointment

Department: Languages and Cultures
Position: Professor
Area Specialization: Bilingualism, Second Language Acquisition, Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics, and Cultural Studies


  • Ph. D. (Doctorat de 3ème cycle) Linguistics, University of Paris III, France 
  • MA      Linguistics, University of Paris III, France
  • Post- Baccalaureate Diplomas;  Diplôme Supérieur de linguistique appliquée, University of Paris III, France;  Diplôme de méthodologie de l'enseignement d'une langue étrangère, Paris VIII, France
  • BA       French language and literature, Ewha University, Seoul, Korea

Courses taught


  • General Linguistics (TBED 5390)
  • Applied Linguistics: SLA (TBED 6070)
  • Sociolinguistics (TBED 6580)
  • Bilingual/ESL Field Research/Internship (TBED 6600/6610)


  • Sounds & Structure of the French Language (FR 3430)
  • Introduction to Second Language Acquisition (LANG 3070)
  • Asian-American Cross-cultural Communication (ASN 341)
  • Contemporary Korean Culture in a Global Era (ASN/KORE 3200) 


Keumsil Kim-Yoon has been very active in research. She published a book, fifteen articles in highly- respected academic journals, two book chapters, and five invited articles. Furthermore, she presented over 40 original papers at the major national and international refereed conferences and shared her most up-to-date research with prominent scholars in her field. The areas of publications and presentations include bilingualism, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, and cultural studies always focusing on language as it is used in varied interactional and cultural settings.  Her current work in progress addresses the effect of bilingualism on aging. 


Keumsil Kim-Yoon directed the WPU’s Bilingual/ESL Graduate Program for 12 years and made the program highly reputable, earning its national recognition from the TESOL/NCATE. Furthermore, she chaired the WPU’s Annual Bilingual/ESL conference for 14 years; the conference is one of the most comprehensive and stimulating language education forums in New Jersey, attended by hundreds of language educators each year. As an experienced grant writer ($ 500,000+ funded by the US Department of Education) and a former team leader/evaluator of the federal grant projects, she continues to be involved in funding-related activities for the academic programs. 

 A lengthy full CV is available upon request