Call for Papers

Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts
June 19-21, 2014

Deadline for Submission: February 15, 2014

Notification of Acceptance: March 15, 2014

Conference & Workshop Theme:

Korean Language Teaching through Film and Literature: Creating Connections

The topic of teaching and learning through study of literature and films has been a matter of considerable interest to language educators. Renewed interest in this approach has been generated by The National Standards for Korean Teaching, which frames curricular and materials developments in the five inter-related areas: communication, culture, connections, comparisons, and communities. Use of film and literature in language teaching is a quintessential example of connections between language teaching and other academic disciplines. Curriculum that bridges students’ linguistic needs and interests to content areas is in greater demand as the number of advanced language learners (heritage speakers with diverse backgrounds in particular) is increasing. More challenging and stimulating materials can be developed by grafting literature and film onto language classes. Highlighting connections between language and film/literature can encourage students to explore Korean culture in greater depth and get a more nuanced understanding of language and culture. Ongoing discussion is needed on strengthening connections between Korean language instruction and academic topics considered in other disciplines for the benefit of students and teachers in Korean education.

With the theme “Korean Language Teaching through Film and Literature: Creating Connections”, the 19th annual AATK meeting invites proposals for exploring how to enrich and augment language curricula with cinematic and literary texts and use them to help students become astute readers and interpreters of diverse texts. We encourage submission of workshop proposals and conference abstracts that report, analyze, and discuss course and material developments involving film and literature, initiatives and strategies for collaboration across disciplines, and practical and theoretical issues regarding the use of content from other areas. We also welcome proposals and abstracts that discuss other aspects of learning and teaching of the Korean language.


Submission Guidelines:

1. Presentation Categories

(1) Workshop panel (90 min. June 19-20): Workshop panels address practical concerns and share immediately applicable suggestions on issues ranging from development of program, materials and resources to instructional activities and techniques to methods of assessment.

(2) Materials exchange session (15 minutes presentation in a block of four, followed by individual Q&A and discussion. June 19-20): This category has been designed for audience choice and involvement. After a series of four short presentations, instead of having brief Q&A after each presentation, 30 to 40 minutes is set aside to allow for audience members to have sufficient time to learn more about presentations of their choice. The presenters address the entire audience for 15 minutes each, and then move to designated areas to interact with interested subgroups. Each presenter is advised to bring his or her own laptop and other necessary materials for individual interaction with audience.

(3) Conference paper (20 min + 10 min Q & A. June 20-21): Presentation of research on topics pertaining to teaching and learning of Korean. Mere description of instructional materials or practices without analysis of data will NOT be considered in this category. This would better fit the above category of materials exchange. On the other hand, we expect explicit statement of the relevance of presented research to Korean program development and pedagogic practices.


2. Requirements for proposal or abstract submission

(1) Workshop Panel (90 minutes):

The proposal should include a description of the topic and materials, objectives, and step-by-step plan for INTERACTIVE INVOLVEMENT OF PARTICIPANTS.

(2) Teaching materials exchange (15 minutes):

Original and well-tested teaching materials or activities will be selected. The proposal should include a succinct description of the target learners, objectives of instruction, the material or procedure, and its effects.

(3) Conference Paper (20 minutes):

The abstract should include clearly-stated research motives and objectives in the context of existing research, description of data and analysis, and discussion of implications for teaching and future research.


3. Length:

Maximum 500 words (English or Korean) + References or data limited to 250 words if applicable


4. Limit of submission:

No more than 1 individual and 1 joint proposal/abstract, or 2 joint abstracts/proposals per person.


5. ONLINE submission ONLY:


Please contact the AATK 2014 Conference Chairs if you have questions or comments:

Jaemin Roh (Local Chair)
Bumyong Choi (Program Chair)