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New ESL Coordinator Ki-tae Kim, Ph.D., Joins Staff at U of M, Crookston
September 23, 2008

Contact: Jack Geller, Ph.D., head, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, 218-281-8248 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Crookston, Minn. (September 23, 2008) – Coordination of the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at the University of Minnesota, Crookston will be led by
Ki-tae Kim, Ph.D., coordinator of ESL program
Ki-tae Kim, Ph.D., coordinator of ESL program
Ki-tae Kim, Ph.D. The ESL program currently has some 30 international students learning English in preparation to enroll in degree programs.
Responsible for the coordination of the work of ESL faculty, Kim will also evaluate students, develop courses and provide leadership for the program's day-to-day operation and future progress. The program provides language instruction in a multi-level, multi-skill format and cooperates closely with the staff in the academic and student support offices. It is designed for students who wish to read, speak, hear and write English for academic purposes.

"ESL is an important linguistic, cultural, and academic bridge for international students," Kim says. "We are preparing students to be successful in academic degree programs."
Kim earned a doctorate in linguistics with distinction from Georgetown University and a Teaching English Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate from The American University in Washington, D.C. His masters and bachelors degrees are from Korea University in Seoul. Kim taught at Georgetown University and The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and at Columbia College in Fairfax, Va., as well as the Intercultural Institute of California in San Francisco. Kim is a member of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, the Modern Language Association, the International Circle of Korean Linguistics and the American Association of Teachers of Korean.
The ESL program became part of the U of M, Crookston curriculum in June 2006 and has grown significantly over the last several years. To learn more about the ESL program at the Crookston campus, visit

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