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Jimin Kahng


Jimin received her M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from International Graduate School of English (IGSE) in Korea. Before joining the SLS program at MSU, she taught English and Korean language to various student populations in different settings. While working at the English Education Research Institute, she also led research projects to develop English proficiency standards, curriculum, and tests for English learners in Korea.

During her first three years at MSU, Jimin worked as a research assistant for professors (Debra Hardison, Patti Spinner, Charlene Polio, and Diana Pulido) on various research projects, which examined the development of L2 oral communication and interaction skills, morphosyntactic development, and evaluated measures of linguistic accuracy in L2 writing. Since her fourth academic year, she has been teaching undergraduate (online and face-to-face) courses—Pedagogical English Grammar and Language Teaching Methods.

Jimin has researched a range of issues on SLA and TESOL including the development of English learners' phonology, oral fluency, and writing proficiency. She is currently investigating L2 fluency for her dissertation. For her dissertation she is researching how fluency components (i.e., utterance, cognitive, and perceived) form the multidimensional construct. She has presented her work at recent conferences such as AAAL, EUROSLA, and SLRF. A manuscript on the first part of her dissertation (utterance and cognitive fluency) has been submitted to Language Learning and is under revision after receiving a Minor Revision decision. 

Jimin also enjoys collaborating with others to conduct research in SLA and linguistics. She collaborated with Betsy Lavolette and Dr. Charlene Polio to investigate the feasibility of using computer-assisted feedback on ESL learners' writing. She has also been conducting multiple research projects on phonology and phonetics with Dr. Durvasula from the MSU linguistics program. 

Research and Teaching Interests

Second Language Acquisition (SLA)
Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL)
L2 Fluency Development
Phonetics and Phonology
Research Methodology
Teacher Education and Curriculum Development
Language Assessment


(in press). Exploring utterance and cognitive fluency of L1 and L2 English speakers: Temporal measures and stimulated recall. Language Learning.

(under review). Phonological alternations modulate illusory vowels in perceptual epenthesis. (with Durvasula)

(under revision). The accuracy of computer-assisted feedback and students’ responses to it. (with Lavolette and Polio) 

(2012). [A review of Criterion]. Language Learning and Technology, 16(2), 38-45. (with Lim)

(2010). Interview with Dr. Robert DeKeyser. MSU Working Papers in SLS, 2.

(2007). The effect of pronunciation training on Korean adult learners’ perception and production of English vowels. In H. Chung (Ed.), ELT Classroom Research by Practicing Teachers 2 (pp. 115-142). Seoul: Hankook Munhwasa. 

(2006). Needs analysis of 6th-9th graders for an English writing camp: English writing proficiency and needs on English writing. English Teaching, 61(3), 59-82. 

(2006). The effect of pronunciation training on Korean adults' perception and production of English vowels, /i/, /?/, /u/, and /?/. Foreign Languages Education, 13(1), 45-65.

Refereed Conference Presentations

2014. 3. Oral fluency in second language and pause phenomena. Paper presentation at the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) 2014, Portland, OR, USA.

2013. 11. Relationship between L2 perceived fluency and pause phenomena: Frequency, duration, and distribution of silent pauses. Paper presentation at the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) 2013, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA.

2013. 10. Allophony modulates perceptual epenthesis. (with Durvasula, K.). Paper presentation at Japanese/Korean Linguistics 23, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA.

2013. 8. Effects of frequency, duration, and distribution of pauses on the perception of L2 oral fluency. Proposal presented at the Annual Conference of the European Second Language Association (EUROSLA) 23, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2013. 5. Perceptual epenthesisis modulated by allophonic features. (with Durvasula, K.). The 21st Manchester Phonology Meeting, Manchester, UK

2013. 5. Investigating utterance fluency and cognitive fluency in second language speech. New sounds 2013: International Symposium on the Acquisition of Second Language Speech, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

2013. 4. Allophonic features modulate perceptual epenthesis. (with Durvasula, K.). CLS (The Chicago Linguistic Society) 49, Chicago, USA

2012. 11. How long should a pause be? Effects of cut-off points of pause length on analyzing L2 utterance fluency (Poster). Workshop Fluent Speech: Combining cognitive and educational approaches, Universiteit Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

2012. 10. Phonological alternations modulate illusory vowel perception. (Poster presented with Durvasula, K.). NELS (North East Linguistic Society) 43, New York, USA

2012. 10. What can be an illusory vowel in perceptual epenthesis (with Durvasula, K.). Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference 22, Tokyo, Japan.

2012. 9. What is going on when L2 speakers pause: Pausing and L2 proficiency. EuroSLA 22 (Annual Conference of the European Second Language Association), Poznan, Poland

2012. 3. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of fluency in L1 and L2 speakers’ speech. 2012 AAAL (American Association for Applied Linguistics) Conference, Boston, USA

2011. 10. Perceptual epenthesis and epenthesis in production by advanced L2 learners. 2011 SLRF (Second Language Research Forum), Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA

2011. 8. Effects of speech style on advanced L2 learners’ production of English syllable codas. The 16th World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA), Beijing, China

2011. 7. Vowel epenthesis in L2 speech perception and production. Asia TEFL International Conference, Seoul, South Korea

2010. 10. Advanced L2 learners' production of English syllable codas: A stylistic perspective. Second Language Research Forum 2010, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 

2007. 6. The effect of repeated oral reading on Korean 3rd-6th graders’ spoken English proficiency. Asia TEFL 2007 International Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

2006. 6. Needs analysis on 6th through 9th graders' English writing. KATE (The Korea Association of Teachers of English) 2006 International Conference, Seoul, South Korea 

2005. 6. The effect of pronunciation training on Korean adults' perception and production of English vowels. KATE 2005 International Conference, Seoul, South Korea 

2004. 12. Processing Speech Data in English Education. Applied Linguistics Association of Korea 2004 International Conference, Seoul, South Korea