18th Annual Meeting of


Conference & Workshop

“Empowering Korean Heritage Language Learners: New Challenges in HL Pedagogy and Research”

June 27- June 29, 2013

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

Sponsored by The Korea Foundation & Michigan State University

Important Dates

Registration closing dates for presenters: Monday, April 15, 2013
Early registration closing date: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Welcome to the 2013 AATK conference and workshop Web site!

The Korean language education field in the United States has recently experienced rapid changes due to an unprecedented need to communicate with other parts of the world, as well as the rapid pace of globalization. One of the significant changes is that profiles of Korean learners are more diverse than ever in motivations, attitudes and interests. However, regardless of what changes take place in the field of Korean language education, there is a pivotal group in Korean language education in the U.S.: namely, Korean Heritage Language Learners (HLL).

In formal educational settings from K-12 to college as well as community schools, Korean heritage learners are highly visible groups and possess great potential to achieve high-level linguistic competence. They have been exhibiting ever-increasing diversity not only in terms of proficiency levels, learning goals and motivations, but also with regard to linguistic profiles and language identities. Therefore, meeting the needs of both HLLs and NHL (Non-heritage learners) in the current Korean teaching contexts poses unique challenges that require innovative curricula design, pedagogical strategies, and strong research on both heritage and second language acquisitions.The challenges also call for strong collaborations among researchers, Korean language educators, administrators and Korean communities. This is a reason why the 2013 AATK at Michigan State University will be held concurrently with the Mid-Michigan Chapter of National Association for Korean Schools from Thursday, June 27 to Saturday, June 29, 2013. We eagerly invite you to submit proposals for papers, workshops, or teaching materials in order to create professional streams within the area of Korean education in the U.S.

MSU is the nation’s pioneer land-grant university and one of the top research universities in the world. It has a beautiful campus with lovely areas to walk, especially along the Cedar River, lovely gardens to admire, the children’s garden for all ages, two affordable golf courses on campus, and more. East Lansing (home of MSU), the Greater Lansing area, and the state of Michigan also offer a wide range of options for sharing time with family, friends and colleagues. Follow the tabs at the top of this page to navigate through the site.