We are pleased to announce the seventh annual conference and teacher training workshop of the American Association of Teachers of Korean (AATK). The conference and teacher training workshop will take place at the Radisson Resort Parkway in Kissimmee, Florida, July 31-August 3. The AATK will provide all selected (through a prescribed review process) participants with room and board. There will be additional financial assistance for panel organizers for the workshop. New teachers including graduate teaching assistants are particularly encouraged to apply for participation in the workshop.



Teacher Training Workshop

Theme: Old Standbys and New Trends in FL Teaching: Demonstration of Specific Approaches


Proposal: April 15, 2002

Notification of Acceptance of All Submissions: April 30, 2002



The first two days (July 31 and August 1) will be devoted to the teacher training workshop. The format of this year’s workshop will be panels, and each panel will focus on the teaching of a specific aspect, i.e. grammar, vocabulary, reading, how best to teach intermediate (or advanced) Korean, curriculum issues, etc. Please note that the workshop theme suggests that there will be no a priori preference for one approach (theoretical or otherwise) over another and that the best of both worlds (i.e. eclecticism) will not be out of place. In order to maintain continuity in our quest for pedagogically “most” sound ways of teaching grammar, which we launched last year as a workshop theme, one of the panels is again expected to pursue this very topic.

If you would like to organize a panel, please submit a detailed proposal. We would estimate approximately two hours for each panel. It will be the organizer’s responsibility to select appropriate panel members. Again, it cannot be overemphasized that a workshop presentation must be accompanied by a demonstration of a simulated classroom situation. We are also planning to have two invited speakers.



You are invited to submit an abstract (maximum two pages) for a 30-minute presentation on any topic that is related to the enhancement of teaching Korean language, culture or literature. Some of the research areas that were suggested last year are repeated below:

  1. Use of multimedia and technology to teach content courses.
  2. How to introduce culture.
  3. How to teach Korean through literature.
  4. Teaching of vocabulary, reading, writing, grammar, or communicative skills.
  5. Korean discourse patterns and how to teach them.
  6. Issues in curriculum design.
  7. Description of phonological, syntactic, pragmatic, semantic problems and their implications for teaching.
  8. Second language acquisition: theory and practice.


Review of Abstracts/Proposals

The abstracts will be screened by anonymous reviewers. An abstract that merely introduces a particular program, multimedia or otherwise, at his or her institution will not be accepted. Some of the criteria to be followed in reviewing the abstracts are:

(a)    Clarity of the statement of the problem or approach discussed.

(b)   The soundness of the proposed approach or method, if applicable.

(c)    How significant are research findings or tested methods to the teaching of Korean language, culture or literature?

(d)   An explicit statement of reason for the choice of a particular problem and the approach adopted to tackle in the classroom.

(e)    How closely a demonstration simulates an actual classroom situation.

(f)     Whether or not the panel has sufficient number of participants.

Where to Send Abstracts and Proposals

Abstracts and proposals should be sent to:

Prof. Young-mee Y. Cho

Department of Asian Languages

Rutgers University

New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1164

Room Reservation

Detailed information will be emailed at a later time.  In the meantime, please be informed that the room reservation will be taken on an individual call-in basis and that the cutoff date given by the hotel for the special convention rate of $69 (tax inclusive) for a room with two double beds is July 15. 

We know that it cannot be realistic not to mix business with pleasure. What better place, then, than a first-rate hotel at an AATK price near the world-famous Disney to hold this year’s meeting? Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! We hope to see all of you.  

If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, please direct them to me at or any of the members of the 2002 Planning Committee.

Joe Jungno Ree

On behalf of the Planning Committee:

Young-Mee Y. Cho <>

Hye-Won Choi <>

Eun Joo Kim <>

Sang-Il Lee < lees2@POM-EMH1.ARMY.MIL>

Hyo Sang Lee <>

Hye-Sook Wang <>




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