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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:
  • Eunji Lee and Ji-young Jung’s “Citizen Sociolinguistics: Making Connections in the Foreign Language Classroom”, which reports on students’ projects on sociolinguistic issues such as Konglish, neologisms and gendered speech
  • Inhye Lee’s “Effects of Contact with Korean Popular Culture on KFL Learners’ Motivation”, which demonstrates the influence of popular culture on constructing of an L2 self and envisioning of the L2 community
  • Hee Chung Chun and Young-mee Yu Cho’s “Building a Locally Relevant Curriculum for Korean Language Teachers”, which describes the development of a coherent and viable curriculum for training in KFL pedagogy
  • The volume also includes a BPT (Best Practice in Teaching) forum, “The Use and Efficacy of Correction Symbols in KFL Writing” by Myounghee Cho, and a review of Jieun Kaier’s recent book, the Routledge Course in Korean Translation, by Junghee Park.
I would like to extend special thanks to the members of the KLA Editorial Board who kindly agreed to serve from January 2018: Drs. Young-mee Yu Cho, Hee Ju, Sahie Kang, Ihnhee Kim, Mary Shin Kim, Hyo Sang Lee, Mee-Jeong Park, Ok-Sook Park, Sunyoung Shin, Sung-Ock Sohn, Susan Gayle Strauss, Joowon Suh, and Hye-Sook Wang. Their advice, support and participation in editorial processes are indispensable for successful publication of the journal. Heart-felt thanks are also owed to authors and reviewers whose dedication and toil made the compilation of the upcoming issue possible. The reviewers invested valuable time and efforts in providing helpful feedback and input for revisions.

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.


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