Hyesun Cho

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  • Associate Professor

Contact Info

Office Phone:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, room #311


TESOL: Hyesun Cho, associate professor, joined the KU faculty in the fall of 2011. Cho earned her BA degree from Korea University in Seoul, Korea, an MA degree in English as a Second Language from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Hyesun Cho specializes in TESOL, second language/literacy education, academic and social identities of language learners and teachers, critical literacy, participatory action research, and critical multiculturalism and technology-integrated instruction.


Second Language Acquisition, Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2008, Honolulu, HI


Her primary research interests are teaching English as a second or foreign language, second language (L2) education, heritage language education, social identity, critical literacy, critical pedagogy, electronic portfolios and technology-integrated language instruction. Upon arriving at KU, she developed a new seminar in language and identity for graduate students. Cho has published research in Race, Ethnicity and Education, Curriculum Inquiry, TESOL Journal, Language and Education, and Computers and Education, among other journals. Her book on critical literacy pedagogy was published by Springer in March 2018. She received the 2018 Faculty Achievement Award for Research in the School of Education at the University of Kansas.

Research interests:

  • Critical Literacy in the Korean educational context
  • TESOL Practicum in Korea