Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts

Na-Young Ryu

Assistant Teaching Professor of Korean
2nd Floor Old Botany Building - cubicle #1
Office Phone: (814) 867-5992
Na-Young Ryu


M.A., English Linguistics, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea
Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Toronto, Canada


I am an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. I received my Ph.D in Linguistics from the University of Toronto in Canada. I also earned a certificate to teach Korean as a second language, while I studied for my M.A in English Linguistics from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in South Korea. Prior to joining Pennsylvania State University, I taught Korean language courses at all levels to heritage and non-heritage learners at the University of Toronto.

I am interested in the integration of technology and language learning. For example, I have used digital storytelling and video projects, as innovative pedagogical approaches to engage students in deep and meaningful L2 learning as they practice writing and speaking. In addition, to help learners improve L2 speech perception and production, I have developed a web-based auditory training program and used it in the classroom.

Recent Publications:

Na-Young Ryu, Yoonjung Kang & Sungwoo Han (2020). The effects of phonetic duration on loanword adaption: Mandarin falling diphthong in Chinese Korean. Language Research 56(2), 225-261.

Na-Young Ryu & Yoonjung Kang (2019). Web-based high variability phonetic training on L2 coda perception. Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. 482-486.

Yoonjung Kang, Na-Young Ryu & Suyeon Yun (2019). Contrastive hyperarticulation of vowels in two dialects of Korean. Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. 43-47

Na-Young Ryu (2018). Perception of Korean vowels by English and Mandarin learners of Korean: Effects of acoustic similarity between L1 and L2 sounds and L2 experience [in Korean]. Journal of Korean Language Education 29(1), 1-23.

Yujeong Choi & Na-Young Ryu (2018). Project-based Learning in Korean as a foreign Language: A study on the production of book trailers and learners’ responses [in Korean]. Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language 49, 249-271. 

Na-Young Ryu (2016). Effects of L2 proficiency on Mandarin speakers’ perception of Korean stops and affricates [in Korean]. Journal of Korean Language Education 27(4), 25-56.

Na-Young Ryu & Sung-Hoon Hong (2013). Schwa deletion in the conversational speech of English: the role of linguistic factors. Linguistic Research 30(2), 313-334.

Na-Young Ryu & Sung-Hoon Hong (2010). Variable vowel adaptations of English word-final stops in Korean loanword phonology. Studies in Linguistics 17, 143-160.