Sungok Hong

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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.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Languages and Cultures of Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2005.
  • M.A.: South Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2001.
  • M.A.: Hindi Literature, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, 1983.


  • Hindi-Urdu linguistics and languages
  • Modern Hindi and Urdu literatures
  • Comparative linguistics and linguistic typology
  • Second language acquisition and pedagogy
Courses Taught
  • HNUR 1011/4001 - Beginning Hindi-Urdu
  • HNUR 3021/4003 - Intermediate Hindi-Urdu
  • HNUR 5993 - Directed Readings
  • ALL 3920 - Exploring India: Languages, Literature, and Film
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • STARTALK-SIPHUR (Summer Intensive Program for Hindi and Urdu) targeted for high school and college students: Director and Lead Instructor , 2008 - 2012
  • STARTALK-HUTEP (Hindi Urdu Teaching Education Program): Director and Instructor , Summer 2011 - Summer 2012
  • Hyderabad-CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) Study Abroad Program: Faculty Selection Committee Member , 2006 - 2012
  • Academic Consortium Board Evaluation of the Hyderabad-CIEE Program, India: Academic Consortium Board’s Evaluation Team Member , August 2006
  • Everyday Hindi. Hong, Sungok, Delhi: Dolphin Books, Author, 2012.
  • koriyaakii lok-kathaaeN (Korean Folktales). Hong, Sungok, Delhi: SHILALEKH Publishers, Author, 2009.
  • "The Role of Heritage Students in Incorporating Culture into Language Teaching". Hong, Sungok, SALRC (South Asia Language Resource Center at the University of Chicago), Author, 2008. LinkDownload
  • National Security Agency Grant, 2008 - 2012
  • New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities-Exploration Traveling Fellowship Grants, Indiana University-Bloomington, 2007
  • SALRC Travel Grant awarded to present a paper and to chair a colloquium at the 10th NCOLCTL conference at UW-Madison, WI., 2007
  • IMDG (Instructional Media Development Grant) awarded to develop Web-based course material, Indiana University-Bloomington., 2006
  • National Security Agency-STARTALK Grant, 2008 - 2012
  • University of Minnesota Award for Innovation in Technology Enhanced Learning, June 1, 2014 - May 15, 2015
  • Imagine Fund Annual Award, 2015 - 2016