Dr Jaeuk Park

Dr Jaeuk Park


Originally from Busan, South Korea, I joined the Language Centre in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at Leeds in September, 2017. 

I was awarded my PhD from Newcastle University in 2018. My thesis titled Multimodal Language Learning Environment of The Korean Digital Kitchen (KDK) involves learning a foreign language in a technology-enhanced kitchen. The Digital Kitchen is a technology-based real-world environment where students can simultaneously learn a foreign language and culture by carrying out the real-world task of cooking.

As I was keen on learning how best to teach English language, I moved to Newcastle for an MA course and then started my career as a teacher in Seoul. I also worked as a professional interpreter and translator (English-Korean) for many private and public areas for more than seven years. Using my expertise in both languages, I was able to build up my career as a lecturer at Leeds.

Interestingly, my undergraduate study is different from the above. It's Economics. Although academic backgrounds don't match each other, I have been able to integrate my knowledge and understanding of three different areas to carve relatively uncharted territory.


  • EAP practitioner
  • Korean Language module leader

Research interests

In general, my research interests include Second Language Acquisition (SLA), Conversation Analysis (CA), Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and Task-Based Language Learning and Teaching (TBLT), classroom interaction and multimodality.

My past research explored how computer technology assists foreign language and culture learning in a real world learning environment. This research experienced constant development, which is Linguacuisine.
I see this new development as the starting point for my current research, aiming to expand the field of language and culture education, not only for English, but also for Oriental languages and culture.

I am planning to create The Asian or Global Kitchen, an extension of The European Digital Kitchen. This new project provides an innovative and inspiring language learning method for foreign language learning students across the world.

Links to to Current Projects

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD in Educational & Applied Linguistics, Newcastle University
  • MA in Applied Linguistics & TESOL, Newcastle University
  • MA in Interpretation & Translation of English-Korean, Busan University of Foreign Studies
  • BA in Economics, Pusan National University
  • CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults)

Professional memberships

  • British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
  • European Association of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL)
  • Association of University Language Centres (AULC)
  • European Association of Korean Language Education (EAKLE)

Research groups and institutes

  • Language Centre