Dr Sook Hee Lee


When Sook Hee Lee arrived in Australia with three little children, she could not speak a word of English. After recovering from a life threatening disease, she obtained a PhD in TESOL at the University of Sydney at the age of 48. She then taught EAP and IELTS programs in Australia, and became an EAP curriculum developer and a trainer of EAP teachers at the Embassy Language Centre. She has published an academic essay-related book and 10 papers solely in American, English and Australian-based journals. She is a reviewer of the Journal of US-China Foreign Language and Sino-US English Teaching, and is on the Editorial Board of the TESOL Journal, a sister journal to the Asian EFL Journal. She is a member of the Association for Academic Language and Learning (AALL) and the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ASFLA). Her main research interests are in the areas of functional grammar, interpersonal meaning – including evaluation in essay writing – and intercultural rhetoric. She is currently working at Charles Sturt University Study Centre in Sydney as a Study Support Coordinator and as an adjunct lecturer at the university. Her main role is to teach both local and international students at undergraduate and Masters' level how to write academic essays critically. Following a vote by students, Dr Lee was awarded the Best Customer Service Award 2012 for making a positive contribution to their writing and providing a professional, timely and friendly service.