Island University Alumnus Teaches Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea

Published: April 28, 2015

Island University Alumnus Teaches Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi alumnus Olaf Fors is making the Island University and his former professors in the Department of English proud. For the past five years, he has been teaching a variety of writing and linguistics courses as an Associate Professor of Assistant Professor of English at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) in Seoul, South Korea. 

“My experiences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi changed the way I view language and language teaching and encouraged me to explore new aspects of teaching and writing,” said Fors, who graduated with a MA in Composition and Rhetoric in 2007. “The support and positive atmosphere have stayed with me, and I think of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi as a model for what I believe a graduate program should be.”

HUFS, which specializes in foreign studies, is considered the leading foreign studies university in South Korea, with more than 20 language departments.

“Working here has been a very good experience, and I have had the opportunity to get to know and collaborate with highly-qualified professors in my own department and other language departments,” he said.

Fors teaches a variety of courses in the English Interpretation and Translation Department, ranging from freshman writing classes to upper-level linguistics courses. Two years ago, Fors was invited to teach evening and weekend graduate courses in the TESOL program at Dankook University in Yongin, South Korea. In addition to developing and teaching courses for the programs, Fors and his students have been fortunate enough to participate in collaborative projects with teachers and students in China, Vietnam, the Czech Republic, Colombia, France, and Turkey.

Fors has also presented papers at a range of conferences in the U.S., Asia, and Europe, and published short articles, three textbook series, and served as a language editor on different projects. This semester, he is a language editor for a multilingual dictionary by a national Korean publishing company.

Even though Fors has enjoyed and benefited from his time at HUFS, this semester will be his last. Fors has accepted a position as textbook writer and teacher trainer at People’s Education Press in Beijing, China.