Lee-Smith, Angela


Angela Lee-Smith, Ph. D.
Senior Lector II
Office: #300, 434 Temple street
Mailing address:
East Asian Languages and Literatures
Yale University
P.O. Box 208201
New Haven, CT 06520-8201                                      Email: angela.lee-smith@yale.edu
Phone: 203-432-4114


Dr. Lee-Smith, who served as Coordinator (2008-2020) of the Korean Program and Interim Coordinator of the Japanese Program ( 2019-2020), specializes in Korean language pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment development for Heritage Language/Foreign Language learners of Korean. She received her Ph.D. in Korean Linguistics: Language Education from Sangmyung University, Korea, with her dissertation research focusing on  A Study of Teaching Korean Auxiliary Verbs Through the Lexical Approach. Joining the EALL in 2003, she established and developed the Heritage Track (an accelerated and separate track for heritage learners of Korean) and Project-and Interdisciplinary Content-based curricula for all levels in the program. Before joining Yale, she had taught at Brown University and Sogang University. Her research interests include language pedagogy, curriculum development, assessment, and teaching-learning materials development: Multiliteracies, Interculturality, and Project-based Learning. She is certified as an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Tester/Rater,  Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) Rater, and Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) in Korean. She and her colleagues completed the national collaborative project, AATK Standards-Based College-Level Korean Language Curriculum Development (2012-2015).  She also serves on the R. Light Fellowship Executive Committee and Language Study Committee at Yale. Previously, she served as the Executive Board Officer-Treasurer (2012-2015) of the American Association of Teachers of Korean (AATK) and currently serves as an Executive Board Member of the AATK and the Society of Korean Semantics, secretary of Korean Special Interest Group (K-SIG), ACTFL, and the editorial board of the International Journal of Korean Language Education.  She received the Richard H. Brodhead ’68 Prize for Distinguished Teaching (2017, Yale College) and Rosenkranz Award for Pedagogical Advancement (2019, Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning), and the A. Whitney Griswold Research Award (2020, The Whitney Humanities Center) at Yale University.

Her recent publications include:


  • 2022. [Forthcoming] K-Grammar for Instant Communication (Level I), Primary Author; Co-authored with Susan Strauss (Penn State U) and Jongoh Eun (DLI). Kong & Park USA: Chicago, IL.
  • 2022 [Forthcoming]  You Speak Korean for Second-Year College Korean (Book 3 & 4): Open Educational Resources (OER) e-Textbooks (Synchronous Remote Learning). Co-authored with H. Cho (UPenn), E. Curtis (West Washington U), S. Kim (Concordia Language Villages), and M. Kim (Washington U. in St. Louis). The Center for Open Educational Resources & Language Learning (COERLL).
  • 2022. “A Pedagogical Module for a Place-based and Multiliteracies-based Digital Storytelling Project for Language Teaching,” in Jeon, M., Figueredo, M.,  and Carra-Salsberg, F. (Eds), Curriculum Design and Praxis in Language Teaching: A Globally Informed Approach. University of Toronto Press.
  • 2021 (Book 1-2)You Speak Korean for First-year College Korean;  Open Educational Resources (OER) e-Textbooks (Synchronous Remote Learning). Co-authored with H. Cho (UPenn), E. Curtis (West Washington U), S. Kim (Concordia Language Villages), and M. Kim (Washington U. in St. Louis). OER, University of Pennsylvania Library.
  • 2021. (Contracted and work in progress) Guided Korean Writing for the Real World I, Primary Author; Co-authored with Ko Kijoo ( U. of Berkeley ). Kong & Park U.S.A: Chicago, IL.
  • 2021. “Making Interdisciplinary Connections in Advanced-level Language Curriculum: Designing Content-Based Project Modules”, Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, Vol 30.NCLCTL.
  • 2020. Fostering Interculturality: Developing Intercultural Reflection Task Modules for Learners of Korean, The Language and Culture 16-4, pp1-47. The Korean Language & Culture Education Society.
  • 2020  Multiliteracies-based Language and Intercultural Learning through Folktales, Co-authored with M. Kim. Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language 57. 175-218. Yonsei University.
  • 2019. Building a Community of Heritage Language Learners: ‘Heritage Meets Heritage Project, Journal of Korean Language Education 30: pp1-44.  International Association for Korean Language Education.
  • 2019.  Review of Multiculturalism and Technology-Enhanced Language Learning by D. Tafazoli and M. Romero. 2017. pp 336. IGI Global. ICCN: 2326-8905. The Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) Journal 36-2.
  • 2019.  Tigers, Fairies, and Gods: Enchanting Folktales from Korea, Co-authored with M. Kim (Washington University in St. Louis). KONG & PARK USA: Chicago, IL.
  • 2018.  Linking Language Learning with Community: A Community-Based Learning Project for Advanced Korean Courses, The Korean Language in America, 22-2. pp 166-188. The Penn State University Press.
  • 2017. Korean for Overseas Koreans 1~6  (Second Edition): Korean Textbook  & Workbook Series Revision Project for English Speaking Heritage Korean Learners in K-12 Setting.  Collaborated with  M. Lee (Ewha Womans U.); H. Kim (Stanford U.); H. Lee (Columbia U.) et al. Granted by The Ministry of Education, National Institute for International Education, Republic of Korea.
  • 2017. Community-Based Language Teaching and Learning: A course project model for linking learning with community, International Journal of Korean Language Education 3-2, pp197-216.  International Foundation for Korean Language & Culture Education.
  • 2017. Review of Multiliteracies in World Language Education by Yuri Kumagai, Ana Lopez-Sanchez, and Sujane Wu (Eds.). New York, NY: Routledge. 2016. 244pp. The Korean Language in America 21-2. The Penn State University Press, PA
  • 2016. Exploring Korean Heritage Learners’ Perceptions of Heritage the Language and Learning, Korean Language in America, 20-2, The American Association of Teachers of Korean, The Pennsylvania State University Press.
  • 2016. Open Your Ears Wide: Focused Listening Practice for Elementary Korean Learners (co-authored with Kim, S-H), Hawoo Press, Korea.
  • 2016. A pedagogy of multiliteracies for Korean language learners: Developing Standards-based (the 5Cs) teaching–learning materials using TV public service announcements”, Journal of Korean Language Education 27-2, pp143-192. The International Association for Korean Language Education.
  • 2016. Promoting socio-languacultural competence in advanced Korean curriculum: using drama [Misaeng (incomplete life)] (Co-authored with Roh, J-M.), The Language and Culture 12-2, pp113-142. The Korean Language & Culture Education Society.
  • 2016. Review of ‘Modern Korean Literature for Foreigners.’ Seon-i Yi & Ja-hwang Koo (2012), Seoul, Korea: Hankwukmwunhwasa. The Korean Language in America 20-1. Penn State University Press.
  • 2015. Special Issue: College Korean Curriculum Inspired by National Standards for Korean: Curriculum/Curricular Framework. –Level 2 Curriculum (co-authored with Cho, H., Kim, M., & Türker, E.) pp. 200-234. The Korean Language in America, 19-2. Penn State University Press.