Dr. YouJin Kim specializes in second language acquisition (SLA), second language pedagogy, and task-based language teaching and assessment in Applied Linguistics. Within SLA, her research follows interactionist and psycholinguistic approaches, with the primary focus being to identify how interactional feedback, language-related episodes, and interactional alignment (e.g., priming) during oral interaction impact L2 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 also consists of more pedagogically-oriented classroom-based research. She is particularly interested in exploring different factors affecting the benefits of 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. Dr. Kim received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Northern Arizona University and she joined the department in 2009.
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