Faculty Bios

Edward Klein, Ph.D.

Edward Klein, Ph.D.

Office: 1188 Fort Street, MP 242
Office Phone Number: (808) 544-1480
Voice Mail: (808) 544-0838
E-mail: eklein@hpu.edu

Klein, Edward Ph.D.
Professor of Applied Linguistics

Graduate: University of Hawaii at Manoa, Linguistics           

Research and teaching interests:
  • General linguistics
  • Phonology
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Pidgins and creoles
  • History of the English language
  • Practica
  • Language program administration

Dr. Edward F. Klein, Professor of Applied Linguistics, teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in applied linguistics and ESL classes in the International Bridge program. He has been with Hawai‘i Pacific University since 1973 and is the winner of the 2014 Golden Apple Award for Distinguished Service to the University.

Dr. Klein was born and raised in the Kansas City area. After graduating from Marquette University, he spent four year working with Peace Corps/Korea, first as a volunteer teaching English in Kwangju, then as a teacher trainer in Hilo, Hawai‘i, and finally as regional director on assignments in Seoul, Taejŏn, and Taegu.

In 1970 he returned to Hawai‘i to begin his graduate studies as an East West Center grantee. He finished two M.A.s and his Ph.D. at the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa. His dissertation presented a longitudinal study on aspects of the verbal morphology of four Korean adolescent immigrants who were learning/acquiring English and Hawai‘i Creole English in Honolulu.

Dr. Klein began teaching ESL at Hawaii Pacific College in 1973. In the summer of 1975, he became assistant professor and director of the one-year-old English Foundations Program and served in that administrative position until 1977. From fall of 1981 through 1982, Dr. Klein lived in Seoul with his family while teaching English and linguistics at Sogang University as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer. After returning to Hawai‘i Pacific College, he was again appointed to head the English Foundations Program in 1988, where he served until 2000.

Dr. Klein’s academic interests lie in sociolinguistics, phonology, the history of English, Korean language, and ESL, particularly ESL teaching methods for listening and reading. He has written articles and made presentations in the areas of language acquisition, Hawai‘i Creole studies, and Korean Romanization. He co-authored an ESL reading textbook with his wife, Virginia, entitled Discover America: Hawaii. He has been active at HPU in the development of both of its ESL programs: the English Foundations Program and the Proficiency in English Program, as well in the development of the B.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program, the TESOL Certificate, and the M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. More recently he has made presentations at TESOL, HI-TESOL, KOTESOL, and the Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics on topics in program administration, the teaching of listening, and the teaching of reading. Currently he is working as co-author of an English dictionary of synonyms for the Korean market.