Tae Na Kim

Lecturer in Korean Language
Office Phone
226 Frist Campus Center
  • Ph.D. in Korean Education as a Foreign Language, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Seoul, South Korea)
  • M.A. in French Linguistics, Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea)

Tae Na Kim completed her Ph.D. in Korean Education as a Foreign Language at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. She currently holds the position of Outreach Director on the Executive Board of the International Network for Korean Language and Culture.

Prior to joining Princeton University, Kim gained extensive experience in teaching Korean language at various levels, encompassing Korean Academic Programs, Korean General Programs, Summer Intensive Programs, and Special Lectures. Over the course of 12 years, she served as a faculty member at the Sogang University Korean Language Education Center, which is renowned for its communicative language teaching approach. During this time, she employed a diverse range of teaching methodologies catering to a diverse Korean language learner, including exchange students, foreign corporate executives working in South Korea, foreign immigrant women, and immigrant workers. In parallel, she also contributed her expertise to the field of Korean Education at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and as a faculty member at the Middlebury College Summer Language Program.

Kim's contributions to the field extend beyond teaching, as she played a role in designing TOPIK Listening and Reading Questionnaires, as well as Business Korean Listening Questionnaires. Additionally, she assessed TOPIK writing and speaking, demonstrating her skills in language assessment. Her dedication to enhancing language education is evident through her involvement as a co-researcher in Korean Language Education Courses and Textbook Development for Overseas Elementary and Middle School, which is sponsored by International Korean Education Foundation and Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation. Furthermore, she has displayed her commitment to professional development by serving as a coordinator for the 19th and 20th Korean Language Teacher Online Training Courses hosted by King Sejong Institute Foundation.

Her academic pursuits and research interests have been primarily focused on language assessment, pragmatics, and the development of advanced-level textbooks and cultural immersion activities.