Asian Languages and Literatures
231D Folwell Hall
9 Pleasant Street SE
Sungok Hong specializes in Hindi/Urdu syntax with an emphasis on the Indirect Subject Construction, and in modern Hindi/Urdu literature and its history. She has extensive experience in teaching Hindi and Urdu, and has been engaged in training assistant instructors/teacher training. Her other research interests include linguistic typology, language pedagogy, second language acquisition, aspects of contrastive typology in language teaching, pragmatics in language learning/teaching, and culture in foreign language teaching/learning. Her book, Everyday Hindi, was published in June, 2012. She has presented papers at various conferences and participated in workshops. Her article on pedagogy, entitled "The Role of Heritage Students in Incorporating Culture into Language Teaching," was published in the electronic journal, South Asian Language Pedagogy and Technology. Her book, koriyaayii lok-kathaaeN, a translation of Korean folktales, was published in 2009, and her articles have appeared in various magazines, such as Kundanshil, Sahkaar Sancay, Rashtrdharm, and the Journal of South Asian Studies. Sungok Hong served as one of the three members of the Academic Consortium Board Program Evaluation team for the Council on International Educational Exchange Study Center in Hyderabad, India in the summer of 2006, and remained a Hyderabad-CIEE Study Abroad Program Faculty Selection Committee member of IU until the spring of 2012. She was Director and Lead Instructor of SIPHUR (Summer Intensive Program for Hindi and Urdu) designed for college and upper high school students for five summers from 2008 and 2012, and was Director and one of the instructors of HUTEP (Hindi Urdu Teacher Education Program) for the summers of 2011 and 2012, which was made possible with the generous funding STARTALK grant from the NSA.
She is currently working on developing materials for Advanced Hindi/Urdu classes designed with an interdisciplinary approach to help students reinforce linguistic proficiency and acquire broader knowledge of the target country.