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History and Mission

The American Association of Teachers of Korean was founded in 1994 for all levels of teachers of the Korean language, culture, and literature in the United States of America. Its mission is to enhance and promote an interest in the teaching and learning of the Korean language, culture and literature; to carry out research in second language acquisition, applied linguistics, language pedagogy, as well as in the teaching of culture and literature, and to provide a forum for presenting research findings.

The activities of the American Association of Teachers of Korean, which is commonly referred to as "AATK," include but are not limited to the following:

(a) Host annual workshops for professional development and conferences for the exchange of ideas, information, experience, and research results and findings,
(b) Encourage the development and demonstration of instructional materials, teaching methods, and curricula,
(c) Publish a journal, proceedings, and newsletters,
(d) Voice the Association's concerns related to Korean language education in the United States, and
(e) Raise funds to carry out the Association's activities.



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