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About Dr. Tae-Young Kim (김태영, 金兌英)

Hi, friends and colleagues around the world! Welcome to my academic work website. After earning B.A. (1997) and M.A. (2002) in English language education at Seoul National University and Ph.D. (2007) in Second Language Education at OISE/University of Toronto, I have worked in the Department of English Education at Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea from 2008. I have been involved in various second/foreign language (L2) learner/teacher factor research such as L2 learning/teaching (de)motivation, learner beliefs, learner identities, etc. Most of my works are based on Vygotsky's sociocultural theory of mind framework with specific reference to activity theory. Recently, I'm trying to use mixed methods which include both qualitative and quantitative research approaches. You can read my recent newspaper (The Korea Herald) interview by clicking Link at the bottom of this page. Happy browsing!


2017 - Present Professor (tenured), Chung-Ang University
Present Distinguished Scholar (2014-2016)/Cho Hee-Wook Endowed Professor at Chung-Ang University, Chung-Ang University

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

second language (L2) learning/teaching (de)motivation, sociocultural theory (SCT), activity theory (AT), individual differences, study abroad (SA), and qualitative inquiry

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Honors and Awards

  • 2014-2016: Chung-Ang University Distinguished Scholar
  • 2014: Cho Hee-Wook Research Grant
  • 2013: Korea Council for University Education Grant (division: College Admission Officer Research Grant)
  • 2012: The National Research Foundation of Korea Grant (division: Emerging Scholar)
  • 2011: The National Research Foundation of Korea Grant (division: Emerging Scholar)
  • 2010: The National Research Foundation of Korea Grant (division: Emerging Scholar)
  • 2006: The Canadian Modern Language Review doctoral student travel grant
  • 2006: The Korean Honor Scholarship by the Korean Embassy in the U.S.A.
  • 2006: Albert Markwardt Graduate Student Travel Grant by TESOL
  • 2005: AAAL Student Travel Grant/ETS Graduate Student Grant
  • 2005: Language Learning Dissertation Grant
  • 2002: R. K. Keating Memorial Scholarship by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in South Korea
  • 2016: The National Research Foundation of Korea Grant (division: Emerging Scholar)



2002 - 2007 Ph.D., Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto ‐ Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
1997 - 2002 M.A., Seoul National University ‐ Department of Foreign Language Education
1993 - 1997 B.A., Seoul National University ‐ Department of English Education

Contact Information

Tae-Young Kim, Ph.D.
Head of English Education Institute at CAU
Director of Graduate School of Education (English Major)
Department of English Education
College of Education
Chung-Ang University
221 Heukseok-dong, Dongjak-gu
Seoul, 156-756
Office: 82-2-820-5392


L2 Learning Motivation (41)