Department of Languages and Cultures

Dr. Keumsil Kim-Yoon


Office:   Atrium 235
Phone:   (973) 720-3041
Office Hours:   Tues. & Weds. 3:30-4:30 pm, and Thurs by appointment

Department: Languages and Cultures
Position: Professor
Area Specialization: Linguistics, Bilingualism, Second Language Acquisition; Pragmatics; 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
  • Applied Linguistics: SLA
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Bilingual/ESL Field Research/Internship


  • Asian-American Cross-cultural Communication
  • Sounds & Structure of the French Language
  • Korean Language and Culture


Professor Kim Yoon is an active researcher, having published fifteen papers in highly respected journals (e.g. Applied psycholinguistics, Journal of Pragmatics; Pragmatics and Language Learning, International Review of Applied Linguistics, The Journal of National Association for Bilingual Education, The Journal of East and West Studies), two book chapters, and five invited articles/encyclopedia entries. The areas of publication include bilingualism, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics and pragmatics, always focusing on language as it is used in varied interactional and cultural settings. Given that conferences provide the greatest opportunities for scholars to share their most up-to-date research, each year, she presents one or two original papers at major national and international conferences (e.g. American Association for Applied Linguistics, Canadian Applied Linguistics, Modern Language Association, National Association of Bilingual Education, International Pragmatics Conference, International Symposium on Bilingualism, International Congress of Linguists). Her current work in progress include the impact of the Korean Wave on Korean-English bilingualism, key cultural words and cinema, and family language planning from an ecological perspective.


Professor 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; this 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. 

Full CV is available on request.