Robert Bley-Vroman, chair of the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai‘i, received his M.A. in Germanics and his M.A. and Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Washington. At UH, he served as director of the Second Language Teaching and Curriculum Center and the founding director of the National Foreign Language Resource Center. Before joining the faculty at UH, he taught in Romania at Universitatea din Cluj (English and applied linguistics), the University of Texas at Austin (linguistics) and the University of Michigan, where he was director of courses for the English Language Institute. He also served as project manager at the interstate consortium SEARCH Group (Sacramento) for the national project on criminal justice terminology (Federal Law Enforcement Assistance Administration). His research is concentrated in applied linguistics, syntax, and second language acquisition theory, and corpus linguistics.
Dr. Bley-Vroman’s recent theoretical work attempts to integrate current trends in linguistic theory with accounts of child/adult differences in language acquisition. His research has appeared in the journals Language Learning, TESOL Quarterly, Linguistic Analysis, Linguistic Inquiry, Second Language Research, and in several edited collections. His influential papers “The logical problem of foreign language learning” and “The comparative fallacy in interlanguage studies” are part of the required reading of graduate students in second language acquisition and applied linguistics at universities across the country. During 1986–1987 he worked as research computational linguist as part of the development team on the German-English machine translation project of Siemens AG (Project METAL), where he was responsible for the advanced augmented phrase structure grammar used by the German parser and for aspects of the design of the programming environment.
Hye-Ri Joo is an instructor in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai‘i as well as a doctoral student in Second Language Acquisition. She has taught several undergraduate courses, Second Language Learning, Second Language Teaching, Instructional Media, and Language Concepts for Second Language Learning and Teaching. She also has experience in teaching Korean and undergraduate SLS courses over the Internet. She completed her B.A. in Foreign Language Education in Korea and her M.A. in ESL at UH. She is experienced in language teaching and materials development. She is one of the authors of the Korean learning CD-ROM Hangul-Ro Boja series. As a doctoral student, her main area of research is second language learners’ acquisition of Korean/English syntax and argument structures. She is also interested in computer assisted language learning (CALL) and corpus linguistics.
Hyun Sook Ko is a student in the Ph.D. program in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Hawai‘i. She received her graduate degree from Seoul National University in Korea and worked in middle school as an English teacher before coming to UH in 2002. Her research interests include interlanguage grammar and discourse development of second / foreign language learners and curriculum development for them. She has been currently involved in the Corpus Linguistics for Language Teaching and Learning project as a graduate assistant at the NFLRC since Fall 2002.
Jinhwa Lee is a Ph.D student in the Second Language Acquisition program at the University of Hawai‘i. Her research interests include instructed SLA (focus on form, noticing, etc.), child and adult L2 acquisition of syntax, and L2 teaching (Task-based Language Teaching, EFL issues, corpus-based language teaching, etc.).
Siwon Park is a Ph.D. student in the Second Language Acquisition program at the University of Hawai‘i. He served as an English teacher in Korea for two years, before coming to Hawai‘i for his master’s study. He received his master’s degree in English as a Second Language at UH in 1999. He has been involved in the Corpus Linguistics for Korean Teaching and Learning project and the CBT/WBT project for less commonly taught languages as a graduate assistant at the NFLRC. His research interests are in second language acquisition, language testing, corpus linguistics, quantitative research methods, and computer-based testing.
Sang Kyu Seo is a professor in the Department of Korean Language and Literature and the director of the Department of Teaching Korean Language as a Foreign Language, Graduate School of Education, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Korean Language and Literature from Yonsei University and also studied as a research student at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) in Japan. Afterwards, he served as a lecturer at TUFS and at the University of Tsukuba for about eight years.
Dr. Seo’s research interests include various aspects of Korean corpus linguistics, methods and practices in Korean language teaching for foreigners, Korean language data-basing, and Korean informatics. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, research papers, and dictionaries, and has been directing various projects involving corpus linguistics and other research areas in Korean.
Currently, Dr. Seo serves as the vice-director of the Center for Language Information Development and the director of the Department of Korean Language and Information in the Graduate School at Yonsei University.