Na-Young Ryu

Na-Young Ryu

Assistant Teaching Professor of Korean
Na-Young Ryu


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


Na-Young Ryu (Ph.D., University of Toronto) serves as an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at Penn State University. Dr. Ryu’s expertise encompasses Korean linguistics, phonology, computer-assisted language learning, and the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education. Her primary focus centers on web-based perceptual training programs, employing audio-visual and auditory techniques to enhance Korean perception and pronunciation skills of L2 learners.

In addition, Dr. Ryu’s innovative approach incorporates cutting-edge AI technology into Korean language acquisition, marking her as a pioneer in this fusion of AI and  education. Her commitment to crafting innovative and effective methods for language instruction empowers students to achieve proficiency and gain a profound understanding of Korean culture.

Alongside numerous academic and teaching accomplishments, Dr. Ryu is actively involved in Penn State’s campus life. She and her colleagues collaborate to organize Korean culture events, including the annual ‘Krazy about Korea’ and ‘Korean movie night’, which are open to the broader Penn State community as a way of promoting Korean culture and society. Additionally, Dr. Ryu regularly organizes and hosts various conferences for fellow Korean language educators.

Recent Publications:


Na-Young Ryu. Students’ perceptions of utilizing AI chatbot as conversation partners for Korean speaking practice: Acceptance, benefits, and challenges. Innovative Methods in Korean Language Learning. 


Yoonjung Kang, Jessamyn Schertz, Na-Young Ryu, Suyeon Yun & Sungwoo Han. Ch1. Vowels of heritage Korean in northern China. Studies on the Phonetics and Phonology of Heritage Languages, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Kim Sunhee & Na-Young Ryu. Foreign language education in artificial [in Korean]. 127-148인공지인공지능 시대의 외국어 교육, Ch5. 인공지능 시대의 외국어 교육교육 과학사, 127-148.


Na-Young Ryu. Investigating of the impacts of auditory-only and audiovisual perceptual training in the perception of Korean vowels [in Korean]. Journal of Korean Language Education, 33(2), 137-161.


Yujeong Choi & Na-Young Ryu. Digital storytelling using computer-based technology in second language learning. Edited by Fernanda Carra-Salsberg, Maria Figueredo, and Mihyon Jeon, Curriculum Design and Praxis in Language Teaching: A Globally Informed Approach, 123-133.


Na-Young Ryu. Effects of L1 inventory size and L2 experience on L2 speech perception: Evidence from Canadian English and Mandarin learners of Korean. The Korean Language in America25(2), 110-140.


SunHee Kim, Na-Young Ryu & Yongkook Won. Reliability of web-based French phoneme perception test, Journal of Digital Contents Society, 22(12), 2099-2109.


Na-Young Ryu. Assessing the effects of mobile assisted phonetic training on L2 sound perception. In E. Langran & L. Archambault (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference, 1091-1096. 


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


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


Na-Young Ryu. 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. 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. Korean vowel identification by English and Mandarin listeners. Effects of L1 vowel inventory size and L1-L2 acoustic similarity. Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics 40, 1-13.


Na-Young Ryu. Perception of Korean contrasts by Mandarin learners: The role of L2 proficiency. Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics 38, 1-20.


Na-Young Ryu. 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. 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. Variable vowel adaptations of English word-final stops in Korean loanword phonology. Studies in Linguistics, 17, 143-160.