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Annual Conference

AATK Teacher Training Workshop
NFLRC Language Pedagogy Workshop

We are pleased to announce the sixth annual conference and Teacher Training Workshop of the American Association of Teachers of Korean (AATK), which will take place at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The 2001 conference will be held jointly with the International Association of Korean Language Education (IAKLE). As previously, selected (through the prescribed review process) AATK participants will receive financial assistance (amount to be determined).

As announced earlier, the first day of the TTW will be devoted to hands-on training in computer-assisted language instruction. The session will cover developing multimedia and/or web material. Demonstrations on how to teach or field-tested pedagogical approaches to teaching specific grammar points will occupy the second day.

The AATK’s annual conference and Teacher-Training Workshop will be preceded by a three-day Korean Language Pedagogy Workshop on the topic of Task-based Language Teaching, which will be hosted by the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The NFLRC will provide stipends in the amount of $250 per person for participants coming from the U.S. mainland in order to help cover their expenses in traveling to Hawaii in advance of the AATK conference. There will be competitive selection of the participants attending the workshop with a maximum of 20. The workshop will be open to teachers of Korean only. Write to for an application form (Re: Korean Language Pedagogy Workshop).

NFLRC Pedagogy Workshop: July 30-August 1

AATK Teacher-Training Workshop: August 2-3

AATK Annual Conference with IAKLE: August 4-5

Abstract DEADLINE: April 9, 2001

Notification date: April 27, 2001

Full papers due: June 18, 2001

Abstracts are invited for the main conference and TTW, as specified below. [PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ALL THE WAY TO THE END.]

A. Teacher-Training Workshop

1. Computer workshop: Submit a clear statement of purpose, need, how the training received will be utilized, etc. Also, which of these would you prefer?

I am in favor of having morning and afternoon sessions so that more than 15 participants could be accommodated.
I am in favor of having only one all-day session with 15 participants.

2. Teaching of specific grammar points:

(a) Presenters: Submit one-page (500 words) abstracts for 20-minute demonstrations (followed by 10-minute discussion). A separate sheet may be attached for examples or references. Points to be covered in the abstract are:

(i) How long you have been teaching Korean.
(ii) Why is the particular grammar point chosen?
(iii) A detailed step-by-step description of the method/approach you would
like to demonstrate.
(iv) Explanation of the advantage or success of your teaching method compared to others. Also, state how long your method has been classroom-tested.

[Grammar points that might be expected to be addressed are (the order is insignificant): passive and causative constructions, relative clauses, ita/issta, -nuntey(yo),-ketun(yo)/-cyana(yo), -(u)llae(yo)/-(u)lke(yo),-telako(yo), -tente(yo), -myen/-ttay, -(un)kes kassta/-(un)moyangita/-(un)kapota, -nulako, -ki ttaymwuney/-killay.]

(b) Trainees: Submit a one-page statement of purpose, covering the following points:

(i) How long you have been teaching Korean and in what capacity (a TA, a beginning instructor, etc.).
(ii) With regard to the teaching of grammar points, what specific problems you have experienced.
(iii) What (availability, TTW’s track record, desperation, etc.) has motivated you to apply for this session of the TTW
(iv) Availability of an orientation for new teachers (Korean or otherwise) at your institution.

NOTE: Any new instructors or graduate teaching assistants who have been hired to teach beginning this fall are requested to submit proof of appointment for funding purposes. Namely, “want-to-be” teachers of Korean are not eligible for financial assistance, although they are welcome to attend (at their own expense in entirety) and participate in any sessions of the main conference and workshop.

B. The Main Conference

Submit one-page abstracts for 30-minute presentations (20-minute talk and 10-minutes of discussion) on any of the following domains (again, no particular significance is intended by the order):

1. How to incorporate culture into language classes.

2. How can Korean literature be best introduced to language students?

3. Use of multimedia and technology to teach content courses.

4. Second language acquisition theory and its implications for teaching Korean.

5. New development in curriculum design and its applicability to Korean

6. Teaching of vocabulary and/or grammar.

7. Intercultural pragmatics.

8. Language socialization.

9. Korean discourse patterns and how to teach them.

10. Description of syntactic/pragmatic/semantic problems and its implications

for teaching.

NOTE: The abstracts will be screened by anonymous reviewers. An abstract that simply presents a particular program or that states what one does or how one uses multimedia at his or her institution will not be accepted. The content of one’s presentation must have wide applicability. Some of the criteria that will be considered in reviewing the abstracts are:

(a) Clarity of the statement of the problem or approach discussed.
(b) The soundness of the proposed solution, if applicable.
(c) How significant are research findings and/or results to the teaching of the Korean language, culture, and literature?
(d) What contributions does the proposed solution or approach make to the field?

C. Survey

How many people would be interested in a session on (how to conduct an) OPI?

Abstracts should be sent to:

Dr. Young-mee Y. Cho <>
Department of Asian Languages
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1164

Any inquiries should be sent to Joe Jungno Ree <>.

Thank you for your attention to this lengthy announcement.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee,

Joe Jungno Ree

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