Dr. Cho is the founding Director of the Korean program at the University of Minnesota. After completing his BA and MA at Korea University, Dr. Cho came to the University of Minnesota, where he earned his Ph.D. in Linguistics. For the last 20 years, he has led the University of Minnesota’s effort to establish its Korean program from scratch. He subsequently developed a strong interest in sociolinguistics, North Korean dialects, and language policies. He has been involved in various North Korea related linguistic projects through NFLC (National Foreign Language Center) and ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). He currently teaches ‘Language and Society of the Two Koreas’, which introduces the growing divide of the past 70 years between North and South Korea in the areas of language, society, and culture. His course has been broadcasted to other big ten schools such as MSU, U. Maryland, U. Michigan, Rutgers U, and U. Wisconsin for recent past several years through Big Ten Academic Alliance.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Linguistics, University of Minnesota
  • M.A.: English Linguistics, Korea University
  • B.A.: English Education, Korea University


  • Proficiency-Oriented Foreign Language Instruction and Second Language Assessment , KFL (Korean as a Foreign Language) curriculum and material development, Korean Language Pedagogy , Korean Sociolinguistics, North Korean language, Korean Phonology, Phon...