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Jeeyoung Ha

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East Asian Languages and Cultures
2090 Flb
608 S Mathews
M/C 146
Urbana, IL 61801


Jeeyoung Ahn Ha, Director of the Korean language program (since 2004) at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, specializes in curricular development, language pedagogy and assessment, and teacher training. Actively involved in action research and collaborative projects at all levels, she successfully coordinated team efforts as the Heritage Level leader in the College Korean Curriculum Inspired by National Standards for Korean  project by American Association of Teachers of Korean (AATK) from 2012 to 2015, and gave numerous presentations on standards-based curriculum development and instructional strategies. She also developed the 8-week online Elementary Korean course offered in summer, the semi-adoptive Korean proficiency and placement online test, and the online community Let’s Talk in Korean for learners to practice speaking with Korean native speaker volunteers. She currently serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the president of the Midwest Teachers of Korean (MATK). She is certified as ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Tester and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) Rater of Korean. Previously, she served as the Secretary for the ACTFL Korean Special Interest Group (SIG), the Executive Board Member of the AATK (2015-2018), and was on the AATK Korean Honor Society committee, the Center for Language Instruction and Coordination (CLIC) Executive Committee and the Less Commonly Taught Language (LCTL) Business Symposium committee at CLIC. She is the co-author of newly published textbooks and workbooks for accelerated and heritage learners, Integrated Korean: Accelerated 1 & 2 (2020) as part of the most popular Korean textbook series in America by Klear Textbooks in Korean Language.

Research Interests

Language pedagogy, curriculum development, technology-enhanced language instruction, teacher training and education,


  • 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023 CEAPS Faculty Conference Travel Grant                                                                      
  • 2020-2022 Title VI Grant for the Development of Online Elementary Korean, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS)
  • 2020 Online Course Development Funds in Area and Global Studies
  • 2015, Grant for the Development of K-12 Korean Language and Teacher Education in Mid-West regions (미국 중서부 정규 초중고등학교 한국어교육 확대방안연구), the Ministry of Education in Korea
  • 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 UIUC Teaching Advancement Board (TAB)
  • 2010-2012 Title VI Grant for the Development of the Online Korean proficiency and placement test, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS)

Awards and Honors

  • 2022 Illinois State Treasurer Award for Outstanding Commitment in Education in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month          
  • 2022 LAS Academic Professional Award 
  • 2015-2016  IPRH Reading Group Award for Language Pedagogy Reading Group (co-organized with Florencia Henshaw)
  • 2006-2007 IPRH Reading Group Award for East Asian Language Pedagogy Group (co-organized with Misumi Sadler)

selected publications


Yu-Cho, Young-mee, Ji-Young Jung, and Jeeyoung Ahn Ha. Integrated Korean: Accelerated 1 & 2, University of Hawai’i Press, 2020.

Yun, Yuseon, Jeeyoung Ahn Ha, and Hee Chung Chun. Integrated Korean Workbook: Accelerated 1 & 2, University of Hawai’i Press, 2020.


Ha, Jeeyoung, Jongoh Eun, Ji-Young Jung, and Soojin Lee. "Heritage Level Curriculum." College Korean Curriculum Inspired by National Standards for Korean: Curriculum/Curricular Framework, ‘Standards-Based College Korean Curriculum Framework’. The Korean Language in America, vol. 19, no. 2, 2015.


Crane, Cori, Misumi Sadler, Jeeyoung Ahn Ha, and Peter Ojiambo. "Beyond the Methods Course:Using Exploratory Practice for Graduate Student Teacher Development." AAUSC (Educating the Future Foreign Language Professoriate for the 21st Century), vol. 2011, 2011, p. 107-127.

Ha, Jeeyoung Ahn. "Age-Related Effects on Syntactic Ambiguity Resolution in First and Second Languages: Evidence from Korean-English Bilinguals." Proceedings of the 7th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference, 2004, p. 111-123.