14th TALGS Keynote Speaker
Dr. YouJin Kim is Associate Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language at Georgia State University. She specializes in second language acquisition (SLA), second language pedagogy, and task-based language teaching and assessment. Within SLA, her research follows interactionist and psycholinguistic approaches, with the primary focus being to identify how interactional features impact second language development involving two target languages: English and Korean. She is also interested in the benefits of study abroad programs in learning additional languages among heritage and non-heritage language learners. Her work consists of more pedagogically-oriented classroom-based research. She is particularly interested in exploring different factors affecting the benefits of (technology-oriented) task-based language teaching in both second and foreign language classroom settings. Her research articles can be found in journals such as Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Language Learning, Modern Language Journal, Applied Linguistics, TESOL Quarterly, Language Teaching Research, and System among others.