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Dr. Seunggon Jeong received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Korean linguistics from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Before joining Cornell, Dr. Jeong taught a diverse group of students at various levels. He has taught non-native speakers, heritage speakers, and native speakers for more than 10 years. In addition, he has been actively involved in developing and administering online placement tests at UCLA and has worked as a language evaluator for the Los Angeles Unified School District, rating students' essays and training new raters for the Korean language tests. Through these experiences, he has strengthened his skills in evaluating the specific needs and objectives of Korean learners as well as evaluating and designing curricula for each group of students.
- Asian Studies
Dr. Jeong's research interest lies in exploring interactional functions of Korean grammatical elements in conversation. Moreover, he is interested in analyzing the intonational features associated with their pragmatic usages. His research has sought to lay the groundwork for a usage-based and a more nuanced description of grammar for the purpose of introducing them in a concrete and accurate way for language learners.