> Announcements


18th AATK Call for Papers (Deadline: Feb.15 2013)

2013-01-29 19:58

Please be sure to submit your paper by 11:59
p.m. PST
 as the online system won't accept it after
that time!


The 18th AATK Annual Conference and Professional Development Workshop

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan

June 27-29, 2013


Deadline for Submission: February
15, 2013

Notification of Acceptance: March 15, 2013


Conference & Workshop Theme:

Empowering Korean Heritage Language Learners: New Challenges in HL Pedagogy and Research

language education in the United States encompasses teaching Korean as a
FL and as a
HL, but Korean HL education has tended to be overlooked in the larger
scope of foreign and second language education. In formal educational
settings from K-12 to college as well as community schools, Korean
heritage learners are highly visible groups and possess
great potential to achieve high-level linguistic competence. As such,
these students may serve as assets to the Korean teaching community and
contribute more broadly on the national and international stages. At the
same time, Korean heritage learners have been
exhibiting ever-increasing diversity not only in terms of proficiency
levels, learning goals and motivations, but with regard to linguistic
profiles and language identities. Korean language educators are thus
faced with greater challenges in developing curricula
and pedagogy for this varied set of learners.

By focusing on heritage language learners as the theme of the 18th
AATK annual meeting, we would like to increase the drive for optimal
development and maintenance of heritage language for our students. We
need to learn and develop tools to understand their strengths,
weaknesses and areas of challenges, and to construct curricula
and identify instructional strategies to respond to their expectations,
needs and aspirations. Needless to say, separating HL and FL tracks is
not always a practical option, nor is it necessarily the most desirable
one. The 18
AATK meeting invites proposals and abstracts that can promote productive
and enlightened discussion on those crucial challenges in Korean HL
education (e.g. better understanding of heritage learners, identifying
needs, pedagogy and research, curricula design,
assessment, and materials development). We also welcome graduate
students, researchers, and teachers to present papers or teaching
materials that are relevant to Korean teaching and learning in practice.



1. Presentation Categories

(1) Workshop

(90 min. June 27-28): Workshop panels address practical concerns and
share immediately applicable suggestions on issues ranging from
development of program, materials
and resources to instructional activities and techniques to methods of

(2) Materials
exchange session

(15 minutes presentation in a block of four, followed by individual
Q&A and discussion. June 27-28): This category has been designed for
audience choice
and involvement. After a series of four short presentations, instead of
having brief Q&A after each presentation, 30 to 40 minutes is set
aside to allow for audience members to have sufficient time to learn
more about presentations of their choice. The presenters
address the entire audience for 15 minutes each, and then move to
designated areas to interact with interested subgroups. Each presenter
is advised to bring his or her own laptop and other necessary materials
for individual interaction with audience.

(3) Conference

(20 min + 10 min Q & A. June 28-29): Presentation of research on
topics pertaining to teaching and learning of Korean. Mere description
of instructional materials
or practices without analysis of data will NOT be considered in this
category. This would better fit the above category of materials
exchange. On the other hand, we expect explicit statement of the
relevance of presented research to Korean program development
and pedagogic practices.

2. Requirements for proposal or abstract submission

(1) Workshop
(90 minutes):

The proposal should include a description of the topic and materials, objectives, and step-by-step plan

(2) Teaching
materials exchange
(15 minutes):

Original and well-tested teaching materials or activities will be selected. The proposal should include
a succinct description of the target learners, objectives of instruction, the material or procedure, and its effects.

(3) Conference
(20 minutes):

The abstract should include clearly-stated research motives and objectives in the context of existing
research, description of data and analysis, and discussion of implications for teaching and future research.


3. Length:
Maximum 500 words (English or Korean) + References or data limited to 250 words if applicable


Limit of submission: No more than 1 individual and 1 joint proposal/abstract,
or 2 joint abstracts/proposals per person.


5. ONLINE submission ONLY:


Please contact the AATK 2013 Conference Chairs if you have questions or comments:

Ok-Sook Park (Local Chair)                     Angela Lee-Smith (Program Chair)

     ospark@msu.edu                                            angela.lee-smith@yale.edu

For more information regarding this website and news posting, please contact Dr. Kyung-Eun Yoon, webmaster, aatk@aatk.org
American Association of Teachers of Korean, AATK
“ Special thanks to Calligrapher Byungchul Park for Hangeul logo calligraphy ”