Faculty and Staff


Ahn Hyejeong




Office:           HSS-02-07

Telephone:   6790 5440

E-mail:          hjahn@ntu.edu.sg




Dr. Hyejeong Ahn joined NTU’s Language and Communication Centre as a lecturer in 2015. She completed her PhD in Applied Linguistics from Monash University in Australia, after studying for her M.A. in TESOL education and B.A. in Primary School education at the University of South Australia. She is a highly qualified professional with many years of experience in teaching and training. Her teaching experience spans from teaching English writing skills for academic purposes, English as an International Language, and intercultural communication skills in professional and academic contexts.

Her research area specialises in the field of the educational linguistics with a clear focus on teaching English as an International Language (EIL) and World Englishes. The basis of her publications rests on an evaluation of teachers’ awareness of and attitudes towards the inherently evolving pluricentric nature of English. She has argued for developing teacher training courses which inform the current socio and linguistic landscape of English and a reassessment of the notion of what types of English competency are valid in the era of globalization where English is a means of intercultural communication.

Selected publications


Ahn, H., Kiaer, J., Salazar, D., & Bordilovskaya, A. (under contract). Beyond Borrowing: Lexical Interaction between Englishes and Asian languages. Routledge.

Ahn, H. (2017). Attitudes to World Englishes: Implications for teaching English in South Korea. Abingdon: Routledge.


Articles & book chapters

Ahn, H., & Kim, C. (in press). So you’re one of those vegetarians? Emergence of Korean English. In F. Sharifian (Ed.), Cultural Linguistics and World Englishes. Springer.

Ahn, H., & Lee, S. Y. (in press). Functions of English: Education, entertainment and commercials in South Korea. In R. Gargesh, A. Sharma, R. Giri, & J. D’ Angelo (Eds.), Functional variations in English: Theoretical considerations and practical challenges. Springer

Ahn, H. (2018). Modelling the Englishization of vocabulary in contemporary Korean. World Englishes, 37(4), 570-589.

Ahn, H. (2018). ‘Help me’: The English language and a voice from a Korean Australian living in Singapore. In P. Stanely & G. Vass (Eds.), Questions of Culture in Autoethnography (pp. 13-22). Abingdon: Routledge.

Ahn, H. (2017). Seoul uncle: Cultural conceptualizations behind the use of address terms in Korean. In F. Sharifian (Ed.), Advances in Cultural Linguistics (pp. 411-432). Singapore: Springer

Ahn, H. (2017). English as a discursive and social communication resource for contemporary S. Koreans, In C. Jenks & J. W. Lee (Eds.), Korean Englishes in transnational contexts (pp. 157-179). U.K: Palgrave Macmillan.

Ahn, H. (2015). Awareness of and attitudes to Asian Englishes: A study of English teachers in South Korea. Asian Englishes, 17(2), 132-151.

Ahn, H. (2015). Assessing proficiency in the National English Ability Test (NEAT) in South Korea. English Today, 31(1), 34-42.

Ahn, H. (2014). Teachers' attitudes towards Korean English in South Korea. World Englishes, 33(2), 195-222.

Ahn, H. (2013). English policy in South Korea: A role in attaining global competitiveness or a vehicle of social mobility? Journal of English as an International Language, 8(1), 1-20.

Ahn, H. (2012). Teaching writing skills based on a genre approach to L2 primary school: Action research. English Language Teaching, 5(2), 2-16.

Kim, C. & Ahn, H.  (2018). The functions of the aspectual marker ‘-ko iss-’ and ‘-a iss-’. The Society of Korean Semantics, 61, 105-132.


Book reviews 

Ahn, H. (2016). Book review of ‘Guide to research projects for Engineering students: Planning, writing and presenting’ by Eng-Choon Leong, Carmel Lee Hsia Heah, Kenneth Keng Wee Ong. LCC Working Paper (NTU).

Ahn, H. (2015). Book review of ‘Korean English: a corpus-driven study of a new English’ by Glenn Hadikin. Asian Englishes (Taylor & Francis).