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A message from the Editor-in-Chief (December 2017)
Hae-Young Kim, Duke University

The upcoming KLA Vol. 21.2 (2017, in print) marks a major milestone. As of October 2017, The Korean Language in America has been accepted for inclusion in SCOPUS, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Many thanks are owed to the Penn State University Press Journals Team for this outstanding achievement.

The acceptance of KLA in SCOPUS makes it timely to commemorate earlier milestones in the journal history. With Dr. Hye Sook Wang (Editor-in-Chief, 2005-2014) at the helm, KLA was developed from conference proceedings to the first and the only peer-reviewed journal specializing in Korean as a second language in North America, as of Vol 13 (2008). Under the leadership of Dr. Susan Strauss (Editor-in-Chief, 2014-2017), a partnership with the Penn State University Press was established and the publication has been expanded to a biannual one since Vol 19 (2015).

I am pleased to present a new KLA issue, Vol 21.2, which include articles, forum pieces and a book review. They collectively address imperative needs for continued efforts to broaden the horizon of teaching Korean by linking and anchoring it to larger goals of education and concerns of civic life. At the same time, each article makes a unique contribution with insightful data and compelling analysis and arguments. Here are the authors and the titles:
  • Sue Y Yoon and Lucien Brown, “A Multiliteracies Approach to Teaching Korean Multimodal (Im)politeness”
  • Hyunah Kim, “Syntactic complexity in the writing of Korean heritage learners in the United States”
  • Jongyeon Ee, “Understanding Parents’ Expectations and Concerns for a Dual-Language Program through the Lens of Community Cultural Wealth’
  • Forum: Best practices for teaching, “Teaching Listener Responses to KFL Students” by Hyo Sang Lee, Kyung-Eun Yoon and Sang-Seok Yoon
  • Forum: Best practices for teaching, “A five-day lesson plan for level 1 high school Korean” by Hye Young Shin and Marjorie Hall Haley
  • Book review of Kumagai et al.’s (2016) Multiliteracies in World Language Education by Angela Lee-Smith
Many thanks go to the reviewers for their generosity with time and efforts, for their feedback and input, which was pivotal for compilation of this volume. I would also like to express my thanks to the AATK president, Dr. Sahie Kang, the executive officers and members of the board for their support.

Submissions for consideration for publication in next issue, Volume 22.1, are due on January 31, 2018. I am looking forward to compiling the next KLA issue.

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