Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Gwan-Hyeok Im

PhD in Education
Affiliation:
About:

Supervisor: Dr. Liying Cheng

Education:

  • Master of Applied Linguistics, with specialization in Language Testing, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Language and Literature, Chung-Ang University, Korea

Research Interests:

  • Validity of language assessment
  • Language testing policy
  • English as a lingua franca

Recent Activities: 

  • Book chapter reviewer, Sociopolitics of English language testing, 2018
  • Manuscript reviewer, Target (indexed in Arts and Humanities Citation Index), 2018
  • Nominating committee representative, Education Graduate Student Society (EGSS), Queen's University, September 2016-2017
  • American Educational Research Association, 2019-present
  • Canadian Association of Language Assessment, 2016-present 
  • International Language Testing Association, 2016-present
  • American Association for Applied Linguistics, 2016-present
  • Queen's University Education Graduate Student Society, 2016-2017
  • Queen's University Assessment and Evaluation Group, 2015-present
  • Society of Modern Grammar, 2009-present
  • Korea Association of Teachers of English, 2008-present
  • Applied Linguistics Association of Korea, 2008-present

Publications (Peer Reviewed): 

  • Im, G.-H. (in progress). Value implications: Do they matter for the validity in the Test of English for International Communication in the Korean context.  
  • Im, G.-H. (in progress). Validity arguments in the Test of English for International Communication in international business contexts. 
  • Im, G.-H., Shin, D., & Cheng, L. (in progress). Test validation framework: Contexts of the test-driven language testing. Language Testing in Asia. 
  • Park, S., Shin, D., & Im, G.-H. (in progress). Test review: Test of Proficiency in Korean. Language Testing in Asia. 
  • Shin, D., Park, S., & Im, G.-H. (under review). Studies on test validation for value implications and consequences: An argument-based approach. Korean Bilingual.
  • Cheng, L., Im, G.-H., Doe, C., & Douglas, S. (under review). “Challenge is not close enough to describe our experience!” Mapping language use and communication challenges in workplace English. Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics. 
  • Im, G.-H., Shin, D., & Cheng, L. (under review). Critical review of validation models in language testing: Their conceptual limitations and future directions for validation research. Language Testing in Asia.
  • Im, G.-H., & Cheng, L. (in press). Test review: Test of English for international communication (TOEIC). Language Testing.
  • m, G.-H., & McNamara, T. (2017). Legitimate or illegitimate uses of test scores in contexts unrelated to test purposes. English Teaching, 72(2), 71–99. doi: 10.15858/engtea.72.2.201706.71
  • Shin, D., & Im, G.-H. (2011). Cengchayktokuro sayongtwoynun enesihem: Kuknay yengesihem cungsimulo [Language tests as language policy tools: English tests in Korea]. English Teaching, 66(4), 281–305. doi: 10.15858/engtea.66.4.201112.281

Publications (Non Peer-Reviewed):

  • Cheng, L., & Im, G.-H. (in progress). Translation of surveys for international research. In U. Luhanga & G. Harbaugh (Eds.), Basic elements of survey research in education: Addressing the problems your advisor never told you about. American Educational Research Association.
  • Cheng, L., Im, G.-H., & Jabeen, R. (in progress). Whose English(es) are we assessing and by whom? In C. Betty, C. Coombe & J. D. Brown (Eds.), Challenges in language testing around the world. Springer. 
  • Im, G.-H., Cheng, L., & Shin, D. (in press). The rise and demise of the National English Ability Test (NEAT) in South Korea: A sociopolitical analysis. In S.-A. Mirhosseini & P. I. De Costa (Eds.), Sociopolitics of English language testing. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • Im, G.-H., & Kim, Y. (2010). Recognition of the coda /r/ by foreign learners of English, In S. Kuno, I.-H. Lee, J. Whitman, J. Maling, Y.-S. Kang, P. Sells, H.-S. Sohn & Y. Jang (Eds.), Harvard studies in Korean linguistics (Vol. 13, pp. 33–44). Cambridge, MA: Harvard-Yenching Institute. 
  • Jang, Y., & Im, G.-H. (2010). Disappearance of genitive subject in modern Korean, In S. Kuno, I.-H. Lee, J. Whitman, J. Maling, Y.-S. Kang, P. Sells, H.-S. Sohn & Y. Jang (Eds.), Harvard studies in Korean linguistics (Vol. 13, pp. 417–425). Cambridge, MA: Harvard-Yenching Institute.
  • Im, G.-H. (2016). What is assessment literacy. Research in a Nutshell, 1, 1–2.

Book translation

  • McNamara, T., & Roever, C. (2013). Enephyengka: Sahwoycektanmyen [Language testing: The social dimension] (D. Shin, G.-H. Im, Y. Park, G. Park, N. Kim, J. Kim, & S. Jang, Trans.). Seoul, Korea: Hankookmunhwasa publishing company. (Original work published 2006). 

Conference Presentations:

  • Cheng, L., Im, G.-H., Doe, C., & Douglas, S. (2019, April). Identifying English language use and communication challenges facing entry-level workplace immigrants in Canada. Paper to be presented at the 2019 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada.
  • Park, S., Im, G.-H., & Shin, D. (2019, March). Examining values and potential consequences in argument-based approaches to TOPIK-Speaking validation. Work-in-progress presentation to be presented at the 2019 Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Im, G.-H. (2019, March). Understanding of values in a social, cultural and political context of language testing. Paper to be presented at the 2019 conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Cheng, L., Im, G.-H., & Shin, D. (2019, March). The rise and demise of the National English Ability Test (NEAT) in South Korea: A sociopolitical analysis. Paper to be at the 2019 conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Shin, D., & Im, G.-H. (2018, October 13). Test validation framework: Integrating value implications and consequences. Paper presented at the 2018 Applied Linguistics Association of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
  • Cheng, L., Im, G.-H., & Jabeen, R. (2018, July 3). Whose English(es) are we assessing and by whom? Paper presented at the 11th International Test Commission (ITC) Conference, Montréal, Canada.
  • Im, G.-H. (2017, July 20). Stakeholders’ voices: Alignment or discrepancy between proposed and perceived inferences based on English test scores in international business contexts. Work-in-progress presentation at the 2017 Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Im, G.-H. (2017, March 21). Consequential validity reconsidered. Paper presented at the 2017 conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Portland, Oregon.
  • Im, G.-H. (2016, February 22). Exploring the validity of TOEIC Speaking in international business contexts. Work-in-progress presentation at the Canadian Association of Language Assessment/Association canadienne pour l'évaluation des langues (CALA/ACÉL) Winter 2016 learning and research event. Toronto, Canada.
  • • Im, G.-H. (2014, November 1). Test users’ perceptions of the TOEIC in university admissions in Korea. In Seeking a desirable interface between teaching and testing of English language. Paper presented at the 2014 International Conference of the Korea English Language Testing Association: 2014 KELTA conference, Seoul National University of Education (pp. 40). Seoul: Korean English Language Testing Association.
  • Im, G.-H., & Kim, K. (2011, August 6). Absence of /h/-deletion in Jeolla dialect by younger generation. In Proceedings of Harvard ISOKL 2011. Paper presented at the 14th Harvard (Biennial) International Symposium On Korean Linguistics, Harvard University (pp. 46–47). Cambridge, MA: The Harvard ISOKL Committees and Harvard-Yenching Institute.
  • Jang, Y., & Im, G.-H. (2010, April 24). Disappearance of genitive subject in modern Korean. In Dachungsahoewa Enebyeoni [Multi-cultures and language variations]. Paper presented at the 2010 Annual Joint Symposium of the Discourse and Cognitive Linguistic Society of Korea and the Sociolinguistic Society of Korea, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (pp. 217–219). Seoul: The Discourse and Cognitive Linguistic Society of Korea and the Sociolinguistic Society of Korea.