Mark R. Plaice

Mark R Plaice

Professional Korean Tutor

School of Language and Global Studies

Adelphi Building, AB147

+44 (0) 1772 89 5456

Subject Areas: Languages and International Studies

Mark Plaice is a Professional Korean Tutor in the School of Language and Global Studies at UCLan. He specialises in teaching beginner’s Korean. His research interests include contemporary South Korean popular culture, with a particular focus on Korean gangster films, spatial relations in genre film, and Korean TV drama and streaming media. He is also is a specialist in East Asian cinemas.  

Full Profile

Mark joined UCLan in September 2017 to contribute to the rapidly growing Korean Language and Culture team. Mark is a Professional Korean Language Tutor (Associate Lecturer), and currently teaches on the beginner’s Korean modules for first-year Korean Language majors and students taking Korean as elective. Mark has almost 20 year’s experience teaching students the difference between Korean and English at institutions such as the Korean National Tourist Organisation and the Samsung Art and Design Institute. Mark published an EFL textbook for Korean students, English Talk Box (2002, Neung Yule Publishing). Beyond this, Mark’s greatest asset as a Korean Language teacher is that he draws on his experience of learning Korean as an adult to enhance his teaching practice. Mark studied the Korean language at Ewha and Sogang Universities in Seoul, and completed an MA in Korean Studies at SOAS, focusing on Korean Literature, Translation, and Korean Material Cultures.

Mark also holds a BA (Hons) in Humanities and an MBA from Yonsei University, Seoul. He is currently completing a PhD in Film Studies at King’s College London. Mark’s research focuses on South Korean genre film, and explores the relationship between film and space in South Korean gangster films (1990-2010). Mark’s further research interests include popular consumption of K-Pop and Korean television dramas in the UK, Korean streaming media, and East Asian genre films.

Prior to coming to UCLan, Mark taught Film Studies at Kings College London and lectured on Critical Media Theory at SOAS. He was also a visiting lecturer in the Film Theory Department at the Korean National University of the Arts. Mark’s teaching has encompassed modules on Film Theory, Chinese National Cinemas, Authorship and Creativity, Film and Architecture, and East Asian Action Film History.  Mark is committed to excellence in learning and teaching, and has recently graduated a postgraduate diploma in Academic Practice at the Learning and Teaching Institute at King’s College London. He has particular interests in technology enhanced learning, diversity and widening participation, and universal design for accessible learning. Mark is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

  • PGDip  Academic Practice in HE King’s College, London  2017
  • MBA International Business Yonsei University 2002
  • MA Korean Studies SOAS 2008
  • BA(Hons) Humanities Greenwich University 1991
Research Groups
  • International Institute of Korean Studies
  • World Literatures and Cinemas Research Group


‘Fighting Form(s): Shifting Poetics of Violence in South Korean Gangster Film’. Paper presented at the ‘Poetics of Asian Cinemas Conference' (12th Asian Cinema Studies Society Conference), Lancaster University, 10th – 12th July 2017.

‘Disruptive Ganglands: The urban conflict zones of South Korean modernity’. Paper presented at the 6th Korean Screen Studies Conference, Hamburg University, 16th – 17th June 2017.

‘Domesticating the Gangster? Introducing the Korean family drama gangster film’. Paper presented at the 5th Korean Screen Studies Conference, King's College, London, 2nd – 4th June 2016.

‘Teaching for Specific Learning Disabilities at King’s College London’. Group poster presentation with Dr. Claudia Kathe, Dr. Steven Kiddle, & Dr. Fang Xiao, presented at the 9th Excellence in Teaching Conference, King's College, London, 24th June 2015.

Conference Organiser & opening/closing address, the East Asian Screen Studies Symposium, King's College, London, 16th May 2014.

‘1990s Korean Gangster Films’. Invited talk at the Film Studies Department, Korean National University of the Arts, 15th March 2012.

‘Limiting the Nation: South Korean images of North Korean men’. Paper presented at the MESCCA PG Conference, Bournemouth University, 7th – 9th July 2011.

TEACHING activities and responsibilities

  • Module Tutor: Ab Initio Korean Language Year 1
  • Module Tutor: Beginner’s Korean Language and Culture


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the British Association of Korean Studies
  • Member of the Association for Korean Studies in Europe
  • Member of Asian Cinema Studies Society
  • Member of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies
  • Member of the Media, Cinema, and Cultural Studies Association
  • Student Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society

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