A message from the Editor-in-Chief (July 2018)
Hae-Young Kim, Duke University
I hope that AATK members have received a copy of KLA Vol. 21.2 (2017) in the mail, which went live on JSTOR in April 2018. Next issue, Vol. 22.1 (2018), is in pipeline and will be published in a few months.
The KLA Vol. 22.1 will feature three research articles, one forum piece and one book review and two invited commentaries. We are fortunate to have the invited commentaries to continue and advance discussion on "College Korean Curriculum Inspired by National Standards for Korean" (The KLA 19.2, 2015).
Lucien Brown’s commentary provides a synopsis of the features and main contributions of the curriculum and suggests areas of discussion to be had further, including the role and place of explicit grammar instruction in the curriculum and the practical matters of reconciling the approaches of specific textbooks and the broader ambitious curriculum.
Jin Sook Lee’s commentary discusses the heritage language curriculum more specifically in detail. Lee extolls the multi-faceted and systematic design of the overall curriculum and a distinct treatment of HL education with pertinent themes and consideration of HL learners’ linguistic and cultural practices. At the same time, the commentary calls for a more radical understanding and perspective on HL learners’ unique needs, including validation of their hybrid language uses and teaching of linguistic and social variations.
The KLA Vol. 22.1 presents these research articles:
Submissions for consideration for publication in next issue, Volume 22.2, are due on August 15, 2018. I am looking forward to compiling the next KLA issue.