Choi, Seungja


Seungja Choi, Ph.D.
Senior Lector II, EALL

434 Temple St, Room 101, New Haven, CT 06511-6802
Phone: 203-432-2866



In the fall of 1990, Seungja K. Choi started the Korean Language Program at Yale with Prof. Samuel E. Martin. She received her B.A and M.A. in English Literature from Yonsei University, an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Toronto, and Ph.D. in Linguistics from Yale University with her dissertation research focusing on the nature of five sentence structures in Japanese and Korean: topic-comment, generic, predicate-denial, contrastive and logophoric sentences.

Since then, she has continued to research, lecture, and publish on various topics related to Korean language structure and Korean language study in the U.S. Her recent publications include “A new paradigm on Korean language education” (2016), “History of the Korean Language Program at Yale” (2015), “Discrepancy between the postpositional markers nun in Korean and wa in Japanese in Interrogative Sentences.” (2015), and “Korean Language Study in Higher Education in the U.S. : Context, Developments, and a Fresh Focus.” (2012). In addition to the language courses from elementary through advanced levels, she also taught Korean Cinema and Linguistic Structure of Korean at Yale.

From 2008-2014, she served as Associate DUS and Director of East Asian Languages Instruction in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature. Currently, she serves as an Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Korean Language Education. Her recent research interests include Linguistic Landscape, PBLL (Project-based language learning), and Advanced Grammar in Korean.