Sookyung Cho, who graduated from the Second Language Acquisition (SLA) PhD program at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008, has returned to Madison for a research-focused sabbatical year.
After receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English Language and Literature at Seoul National University and a second master’s degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawai’i, Cho came to Madison to work towards her PhD in the Second Language Acquisition (SLA) program.
Started in 2002, Cho was one of the SLA program’s first graduates. Since graduation she has taught as an Associate Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea. At Hankuk University, her research interests have mostly focused on various aspects of second language writing.
Cho praises the SLA program for its interdisciplinarity, which allowed her the chance to explore diverse and broad areas of study in different academic departments on the UW campus. Not only has the interdisciplinary nature of the program proven extremely beneficial to her work in Korea, it has also led her to recommend her Korean students come to the U.S. to study second language writing.
After many years of education and over six years of teaching in Korea, Cho is excited to have a refreshing year in Madison doing research.