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AATK President's Message 2024

2024-05-04 20:14

Dear Members of the American Association of Teachers of Korean,

I extend my warmest greetings to you all. It is my hope that the past academic year has been both safe and fruitful, and that the forthcoming summer months will afford you a well-deserved period of rest and rejuvenation.

I am delighted to invite you to the 29th Annual AATK Conference, scheduled to take place at Indiana University Bloomington this coming June. The theme for this year’s gathering, “New Learning Ecology and Innovative Language Pedagogy and Research: Reconceptualization, Challenges, and Future Directions,” reflects our ongoing commitment to innovation in language education. This endeavor is increasingly significant as we integrate advanced digital tools and embrace principles of social justice—including diversity, equity, and inclusion—into our educational practices. These shifts are transforming every aspect of language learning and teaching, compelling us to rethink the roles of educators and learners, to adapt to emerging paradigms, and to refine our strategies to meet the evolving needs of our students.

This year's conference aims to foster a dialogue among Korean language educators and researchers about these complex changes and to envision innovative approaches within our field. I wish to express my profound gratitude to Dr. Hyo Sang Lee, the Local Chair, and Dr. Kyung-Eun Yoon, the Program Chair, for their exhaustive efforts in orchestrating what promises to be an enlightening and inspiring event. My thanks also go to Dr. Mijeong Kim, AATK Executive Secretary, and Dr. Hi-Sun Kim, Treasurer, for their steadfast dedication to the organizational aspects of the conference.

We are immensely thankful to the Korea Foundation for its generous and sustained financial support, and to Director Changshik Yoon for his genuine commitment to our association’s future. Additionally, we acknowledge the significant contributions of Indiana University, facilitated by Dr. Hyo Sang Lee, and the moral and financial backing provided by Korea Foundation Professor Seung-kyung Kim, Director of the Institute for Korean Studies.

Our core initiatives, including the Korean Language in America Journal, the Korean Honor Society, the Korean Special Interest Group at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and the AATK Colloquium series, continue to thrive. The Journal, under the leadership of outgoing Editor-in-Chief Dr. Hae-Young Kim and incoming Editor-in-Chief Dr. Minju Kim, has grown into a vibrant scholarly hub. The Korean Honor Society and our special interest group have seen notable expansion and success, thanks in part to the dedication of their respective committees.

Introduced in 2020, the AATK Colloquium now offers biannual sessions that explore various research areas within Korean language education, enhancing our academic offerings. I extend my gratitude to the Colloquium Committee for their innovative contributions to our field.

The AATK remains committed to supporting the intellectual and professional growth of its members, providing a platform for the exchange of scholarly work and teaching experiences, and fostering discussions on current trends in language education. We value your input and participation as we continue to develop and implement new ideas.

I look forward to welcoming you to Indiana University for the 2024 AATK Annual Meeting and anticipate another enriching gathering next year at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for our 30th Annual Meeting.


Hangtae Cho

President, American Association of Teachers of Korean

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