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Na-Young Ryu

Assistant Teaching Professor of Korean
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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) is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at Penn State University(PSU). Prior to joining PSU, she taught Korean language courses at all levels to heritage and non-heritage learners at the University of Toronto.
Her research areas include: Korean linguistics, phonology, second language(L2) acquisition, computer-assisted language learning(CALL) and Artificial intelligence(AI) in education. Her passion is researching and exploring how technology can be leveraged to enhance the learning of Korean language and culture. One ongoing project focuses on developing web-based perceptual training programs centered on audio-visual and auditory training methods to improve the perception and pronunciation of Korean sounds for L2 learners of Korean. Her other research projects involve corpus- and project-based approaches to Korean language learning and teaching, emphasizing writing and speaking.

Recent Publications:

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

Na-Young Ryu (Forthcoming). Effects of L1 inventory size and L2 experience on L2 speech perception: Evidence from Korean phoneme identification by English and Mandarin learners of Korean. The Korean Language in America.

Kim Sunhee & Na-Young Ryu (Forthcoming). Foreign Language Education via Artificial Intelligence, The Future of  Public Education with Artificial Intelligence and Big Data.

Na-Young Ryu (2022). 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 (2022). 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.    

SunHee Kim, Na-Young Ryu & Yonkook Won (2021). Reliability of web-based French phoneme perception test [in Korean], Journal of Digital Contents Society. 22(1), 2099-2109.    

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.