Kent Alan Lee

Kent Alan Lee
Pukyong National University · English Language & Literature

Ph.D., Educational Psychology

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Introduction
Inst. Foreign Language Studies, Korea University; also teaching in KU English Dept. Areas: English education, educational psychology, faculty development, scholarship of teaching & learning.
Additional affiliations
August 2010 - July 2014
Korea University
Position
  • Research Professor
January 2007 - May 2009
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Position
  • Phonological and semantic processing of Chinese characters
Description
  • Ph.D. dissertation
Education
August 2002 - May 2009
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Field of study
  • Educational Psychology

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Publications (23)
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While definite and indefinite articles, and bare nouns with no articles have long proved to be notoriously problematic for Koreans and other English learners whose L1 lacks such a grammatical system, seemingly little progress has been made. Learners still struggle with these, and teachers often lack the linguistic awareness and resources for teachi...
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In the changing educational environment in Korea, some departments must justify their existence or adapt to changing circumstances. How language and literature fields can do so without sacrificing their essence is less clear, especially when facing neo-liberal attitudes among policy makers that value the more tangible rewards of education. In respo...
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Lee, Kent. (2020). Chinese ESL writers' use of English contrastive markers. English Language Teaching, 32(4), 89-110. This study explores multiple and newer methods of research on connector usage by L2 writers. L2 writing samples of Chinese ESL writers were analyzed for frequencies of contrastive connectives (but, although, though, however, yet), a...
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Universities in East Asia are increasingly adopting English-medium instruction (EMI) to enhance their global competitiveness. Yet little research has been conducted on the impact of English on graduate students in this context, as past research has mostly examined undergraduates. This survey study investigates graduate students at a major universit...
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Past studies have indicated shortcomings in the training of graduate students in the US, especially for practical career skills, teaching skills, and non-academic careers. Students thus find professional development and guidance lacking for the demands of the modern marketplace. This study extends this research to the unique situation of current gr...
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A typical English utterance is marked with a sentence stress, that is, a prominence on one word or syllable that is greater than other lexical stresses in the clause or utterance. This stress consists of a pitch prominence that demarcates the intonational phrase. An Optimality Theory analysis of sentence stress is presented here, which integrat...
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This paper examines the tonal system of Kibondei, a Bantu language and its tonal and reduplication patterns. The appearance of otherwise unrealized tones from verb stems that spread onto adjacent materials is first discussed. Then reduplication patterns are examined, which exhibit some unusual tone shifting patterns. These are explained within the...
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Lee, Kent (2013). Korean ESL learners' use of connectors in English academic writing. English Language Teaching, 25(2), 81-103. Some previous studies have examined the use of connectors by second language writers of English, particularly studies comparing connector usage of L2 and native English writers. This study does so with corpora of written e...
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While forms of left dislocation and topicalization serve topic management functions, the status and function of right dislocation are less clear. Various studies have treated it as afterthought, a repair device, a focus marking device, or a form of illocutionary emphasis. However, the Chinese data (Mandarin and Cantonese) also pose particular p...
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Previous research has suggested that older readers may self-regulate input during reading differently from the way younger readers do, so as to accommodate age-graded change in processing capacity. For example, older adults may pause more frequently for conceptual integration. Presumably, such an allocation policy would enable older readers to mana...
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Considerable attention has been devoted to a class of single lexical items known as pragmatic markers or discourse particles (e.g., well, like, oh, um). These are ex-tra-syntactic entities, or outside the standard syntactic structure of an utterance, and their various pragmatic and discourse management functions are fairly well understood. Brinton'...
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English utterances contain a main sentence stress or discourse stress which marks new information or contrast in sentences. ESL/EFL students may have difficulties if they fail to perceive or express the main point of utterances by means of stress – obstacles that are especially strong for Asian students – due to the prosodic differences between Eng...

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