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Sung Park-Johnson

  • Assistant Professor, Bilingual-Bicultural Education & Director of Bilingual and ESL Minors
  • Leadership Language and Curriculum
  • 773-325-7835
  • 2247 N. Halsted St., Room 33

Dr. Park-Johnson is the director of the Bilingual Education/English as a Second Language Minor. She is also the co-director of the Bilingual Language Development (BiLD) Lab.


  • PhD in Linguistics, Purdue University
  • MA in Linguistics, Purdue University
  • BA in Applied Linguistics and Spanish, University of Michigan

Courses Taught

  • BBE 404/304 Language, Literacy and Culture
  • BBE 555/355/WRD 555 How English Works: English Syntax for ESL and BE Teachers
  • BBE 570/370 Second and World Language Literacies and Cultures
  • BBE 407/307 Equity Issues in Assessment of Language Learners
  • BBE 466/366 First and Second Language Acquisition
  • BBE 560/360 Second, World, and Heritage Language Acquisition K-12

Research Interests
Bilingual language acquisition; Heritage language acquisition, loss, and maintenance; Code-switching/-mixing; Language assessment; Syntactic development by bilingual children

Selected Publications
Park-Johnson, S. K. (2019). Case Ellipsis: Acquisition of Variability by Young Heritage Speakers of Korean. International Multilingual Research Journal, 13(1), 15–31.

Park-Johnson, S. K. (2019). The role of person in subject auxiliary inversion in English wh-questions: Evidence from Korean-English bilingual children. International Journal of Bilingualism, 23(1), 313–328.

Park-Johnson, S. (2017). Code mixing as a window into language dominance: Evidence from Korean heritage speakers. Heritage Language Journal, 14(1), 49–69.

Park-Johnson, S. (2017). Crosslinguistic influence of wh-in-situ questions by Korean-English bilingual children. International Journal of Bilingualism, 21(4), 419–432.

Awards and Honors
2019 University Research Council Summer Research Grant
2018 Provost’s Collaborative Research Fellowship : Bilingual Language Development in Early Childhood Through Immersion Programs
2017 Steans​ Center Community Based Research Faculty Fellowship : Language and Identity Development in Early Childhood Through Spanish Immersion Education
2017 Academic Initiatives Grant: Children's Language Use and Development in a Spanish Immersion Early Education Classroom
2015 College of Education Excellence in Teaching Award for Term/Adjunct Faculty, DePaul University
2015 Quality Matters Star Award, DePaul University
2014 and 2015 ENGAGE Faculty Recognition Award, DePaul University