SOAS University of London

Japan & Korea Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Culture

Hyejin Jang


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Hyejin Jang
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Thesis title:
Developing intercultural competence through Korean language education: Conceptualisation, transformation and adaptation
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I started teaching Korean as a foreign language in 2004. Since then, I have taught in numerous Asian and European institutes. Having encountered numerous students from different countries led me to gain an interest in culture learning in the context of foreign language education.

My main research interests include second language acquisition, culture learning, intercultural development and foreign perception of contemporary Korean culture.

PhD Research

Based on M. Bennet (1993)’s DMIS (Development Model of Intercultural Sensitivity), my research aims at investigating the extent to which intercultural development occurs in Korean language students; and how this may be linked to previous cultural contact and linguistic knowledge acquired in the classroom. I wish to identify factors that may contribute or hinder this development. In particular, I am interested in the concept of culture as an imagined or negotiated identity. This further implies that culture is continuously constructed through human interaction and communication as well as being imagined and negotiated, regardless of factual evidence or authenticity from non-native perspectives.