Mijeong Mimi Kim

Teaching Professor of Korean Language
Korean Language Coordinator
Korean Study Abroad Advisor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
EDD, University of San Francisco
MA, State University of New York
research interests:
  • Korean language pedagogy
  • second language education
  • second language acquisition
  • language proficiency testing
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    • Washington University
    • MSC 1111-107-115
    • One Brookings Drive
    • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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    ​Mijeong Mimi Kim specializes in second & foreign language pedagogy and material development for Foreign Language & Heritage Language learners of Korean.

    Mimi Kim's research and teaching interests include developing technology-based curriculums, content-based instruction as well as project-based language curriculums that develop literacy and language proficiency by incorporating authentic materials such as literary works and popular media including drama, films, and songs. 

    Additionally, she has published and given workshops and presentations on the topic of incorporating authentic materials in language curriculums through the use of folktales and other cultural literary works.  Most recently, she co-authored a book titled Tigers, Fairies, and Gods: Enchanting folktales from Korea (Kong & Park 2019). 

    She served on the Korean national Honor (KHS) Society committee and executive board of the American Association of Teachers of Korean (AATK) 2018-2011 and again 2017-2020.  She also participated in the national collaborative project, AATK Standards-Based College Korean Language Curriculum Development (2012-2015) as one of the curriculum developers.

    Over the course of her career, she has taught English as a Second Language as well as Korean language at universities in both Korea and the U.S.  Her present focus is on the development of Korean language proficiency and cultural competence through a multi-literacy approach.

    Advanced Korean

    Advanced Korean

    Advanced Korean provides a wide range of topical reading texts and practice material for students making the transition to advanced level proficiency in Korean.

    Tigers, Fairies, and Gods: Enchanting Folktales from Korea

    Tigers, Fairies, and Gods: Enchanting Folktales from Korea

    Mimi Kim's book Tigers, Fairies, and Gods: Enchanting Folktales from Korea (co-written with Angela Lee-Smith ) is for Korean language learners who want to improve their proficiency while learning about Korean culture. Reading the folktales in this book, students will gain a deeper understanding of Korean culture and improve their communication skills in the language.