Saerom Kwak

School of East Asian Studies

Teaching Associate in Korean Language

Saerom Kwak

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Saerom Kwak
School of East Asian Studies
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

Saerom Kwak joined the School of East Asian Studies in September 2020 after teaching an online Korean language course for students of the School of East Asian Studies for one semester.

She worked as a lecturer at Korea University (2011-2020) and taught courses in the UK, USA, China, and Japan. She has completed her Ph.D. coursework in Korean language and culture education at Korea University and is a Ph.D. candidate.

Through the 'Online Developing Korean Language Curriculum and Contents' project by King Sejong Institute Foundation, established by the South Korean government, she planned and developed online Korean books and supplementary textbooks as an assistant researcher (2019). She acquired the 'Korean Language Teacher Level 1' certification (2018) by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of South Korea and the 'Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) Grade' certification (2019) by the Ministry of Education of South Korea.


BA (Sookmyung Women’s University)

MA (Korea University)

Research interests

Saerom Kwak's research interests include teaching methods, curriculum, material design, and second language acquisition.

Her recent research illustrated a Korean language teaching method for teaching '-다 (Da)' style to Korean learners using "Consciousness-Raising Tasks", which requires learners to solve grammar rules problems through information exchange and interaction with each other. The study proposed teaching procedures and a series of tasks for intermediate-level learners as an alternative or supplementary student material.


Journal Articles

  • Saerom Kwak & Shohyun Lee (2020) A Study on Method for Teaching the '-Da' Style to Korean learners by Using "Consciousness-Raising Tasks", The International Association for Korean Language Education, 31(1)


  • "Developing Online Korean Language Curriculum and Contents", King Sejong Institute Foundation, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea, Apr. 2019, Nov. 2019.
  • "Designing Curriculum and Developing Supplementary Textbook for Academic Korean Course", Korean Language Center, Korea University, Nov. 2015, Jun. 2016.
  • "Developing Intermediate Level Supplementary Textbook", Korean Language Center, Korea University, Jan. 2015, Jul. 2015.
Teaching interests

Saerom Kwak's teaching philosophy is to apply learner-centered teaching methods, involving improvisation, focusing on student's needs.

Teaching activities

Saerom Kwak teaches the following modules

  • EAS2045 Korean Language 3A
  • EAS2046 Korean Language 3B
  • EAS3045 Korean Language 5