Moon Kyoung (Christine) Cho,博士

My research interests encompass several different areas: second language speaking, intonation and pragmatics, English as Medium of Instruction, and second language research methods. These topics, while quite diverse, culminate in my recent study in which I studied Korean EFL students’ challenges in using English intonation to express emotion. I developed an initial interest in intonation – the music of language – some years ago and now find myself helplessly drawn to the sound of English. I also think that there is something special about the emotional domain of second language acquisition; the more I study, the more the subject seems to captivate.







  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Linguistics/TESOL Department, Ohio University, 2018 – 2020
  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Education Department/MSc TESOL, University of Bath, 2018
  • Associate Lecturer, Applied Linguistics, University of Oxford, 2016 – 2018
  • IB, IGCSE, SAT, IELTS Summer Instructor, British Education Korea, South Korea, 2013 – 2016
  • Speaking Skills Instructor, CEP, Columbia University, 2011 – 2013
  • Public Speaking Skills Instructor, CU Medical Center, Columbia University, 2012 – 2013
  • ESL Instructor, International Rescue Committee (IRC), New York, 2012 – 2013


  • Visiting Research Scholar, Ohio University, 2020-2021
  • Principal Investigator, Teachers’ spoken feedback assessment, Ohio University, 2020 – 2021
  • Research Officer, Development of Year 7 Science vocabulary listening test, University of Oxford, 2018


  • “How to write the methods section for a journal article”, Yonsei University, South Korea, September 2021
  • “Writing and structuring your dissertation: A day workshop for graduate students”, Jeju National University, South Korea, June 2021
  • “Chinese learners’ pragmatic difficulties in perceiving English intonation”, The Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT), Arizona, USA, September 2019
  • “Phonological and non-phonological analysis of Korean students’ English intonation”, The Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC), Kentucky, USA, April 2019
  • “ESL learners’ pragmatic difficulties in using English intonation to express emotion”, PhD student seminar, Birkbeck, University of London, UK, November 2018
  • “Korean students’ difficulties in using English intonation to express emotion”, The 2017 British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) conference, University of Leeds, UK, October 2017
  • “The Affective dimension of second vocabulary learning”, TESOL/AL Postgraduate Student Forum, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, November 2015


  • Cho, C. M., & Dewaele, J. M. (2021). A crosslinguistic study of the perception of emotional intonation: Influence of the pitch modulations. Studies in Second Language Acquisition. DOI:
  • Cho, C. M. (2019). Book review: “Race and ethnicity in English language teaching”, Jenks, C. (2017). International Journal of Applied Linguistics. DOI: 10.1111/ijal.12248