Assistant Professor, Department of English language and linguistics

Head Professor, Kwangwoon Institute of English Education 

Kwangwoon University

Hanwool 705, Kwangwoon-Ro, Seoul 01897, South Korea 

(office) 82-2-940-8322

(email) lim@kw.ac.kr


Validity in language assessment; Eye-tracking studies; L2 reading research; Vocabulary acquisition; Research methods in second language acquisition; Automatization in L2 processing skills; Individual differences


2014     PhD      Michigan State University (East Lansing), Second Language Studies

                        Dissertation: “The Cognitive Validity of iBT TOEFL Reading Test: An eye-tracking study”

   Advisor: Dr. Paula Winke

   Committee: Dr. Susan Gass, Dr. Daniel Reed, Dr. Patricia Spinner, Dr. Aline Godfroid

2009     MA       Teachers College Columbia University (New York City), Applied Linguistics

2004     BA        Ewha Womans University (Seoul, Korea), English Literature and Language 



2016                    Assistant Professor, Department of English language and linguistics, Kwangwoon University, Seoul

2015                    Instructor, Department of English Education, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul

                           Instructor, Department of Early English Education, Yonsei University, Seoul

2011-2012           Instructor, Department of Linguistics and Languages, Michigan State University, East Lansing

2009                    Instructor, New York General Consulting, New York City, New York                     

2004-2007           English Teacher, Gwangmyeong (public) High School, Gyeonggi-do, Korea



2009 – 2011      Testing specialist, English Language Center (ELC) at Michigan State University (MSU)

2008-2009        Online rater, Contents Company J, Seoul, Korea

2006                 Item writer, Gyeonggi Provincial Office of education, Gyeonggi-do, Korea



2012-2013        Research Assistant, Second Language Studies, Michigan State University

2011- 2013       Research Team Member, ELC Testing Office, Michigan State University


University of Cambridge/IELTS Joint Research Grant from the British Council, July 2012-May 2013. (Co-principal grant writer with            Dr. Paula Winke). $36,000 toward research conducted at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI on the listening component of the IELTS
 The International Research Foundation (TIRF) Doctoral Dissertation Grant, August 2012 – July 2013 (Principal grant writer).                     $4,000 grant toward dissertation project conducted at Michigan State University in East Lansing

The Language Learning Dissertation Grant, August 2012  (Principal grant writer). $2,000 grant toward dissertation project conducted at Michigan State University in East Lansing 


2013                 Dissertation Completion Fellowship from College of Arts and Letters, Michigan State Univ.

2011-2012        Summer Research Support Fellowship from Michigan State University, Michigan

2009                 SLS fellowship from the Second Language Studies program, Michigan

2008                 TC Int’l Scholarship from Teachers College Columbia University, New York

                        TC General Scholarship from Teachers College Columbia University, New York

2007                 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship ($26, 000), The Rotary Foundation, Illinois