9th Monthly Multidisciplinary Seminar


2017 Spring KSEA Monthly Multidisciplinary Seminar Speaker Miso Kim, a Ph.D. Candidate in Applied Linguistics at the Pennsylvania State University will present her research on “Demystifying English Academic Writing: Essential Concepts and Tools for Effective Writing” on Thursday, April 13th, at 6:30 PM at Walker Building Room 319. Food and drinks will be served. All are welcomed.


Demystifying English Academic Writing: Essential Concepts and Tools for Effective Writing


The presentation first overviews essential, but often neglected, concepts of English academic writing that can be meaningfully used across different disciplines, and further explores online tools and resources useful to clarify uncertainties about word choice and grammar. The presentation first introduces the concept of lexicon, a mental dictionary for helping learners to build on knowledge about vocabulary and word choice. Then it presents the ways of establishing solid argument in a paragraph by using the concepts of theme-rheme structure, cohesion, and coherence. Theme-rheme structure allows writers to organize information more smoothly and effectively. Cohesion is the flow of sentences from one to another, and coherence is the logical link between sentences and paragraphs. In the second part of the presentation, I demonstrate how to use Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA), a tool based on linguistic big data. The tool is particularly powerful when making decisions about word choice, selecting a string of expressions suitable for the context, checking grammatical errors, and looking up appropriate vocabulary items. In addition, I briefly introduce other online resources for writing. I expect that this presentation would be especially informative for both undergraduate and graduate students who want to equip themselves with scientific understanding of paragraph and text building and supplementary tools for writing.

More About Miso Kim

Ph.D. Candidate in Applied Linguistics
The Pennsylvania State University


Miso Kim is a Ph.D. Candidate in Applied Linguistics, College of Liberal Arts. She has taught academic writing courses for freshmen in Penn State for four semesters, and published papers and columns about how to use corpus (a big data in linguistics) for learning English. She earned B.A. and M.A. in English education. Her current research interests include social, economic, and political issues of language testing and sociocultural approaches to language teaching.