Dear members of the CATK,

As President, I would like to welcome everyone to the 1st annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Teachers of Korean. I am honoured to serve as President for the association and to convene CATK’s first annual conference which is he first academic meeting on the Korean language and culture education that encompasses K-16 in Canada.

The CATK was founded in 2017 for all teachers of Korean language, culture, and literature in Canada. The CATK is committed to promoting teaching, learning, researching in Korean language, pedagogy, applied linguistics, and literature in Canada and beyond. In recent years, we have witnessed an increasing demand for the learning of Korean studies, including its language, culture and society. The CATK was founded in 2017 for all teachers of Korean language, culture, and literature in Canada. The CATK is committed to promoting teaching, learning, researching in Korean language, pedagogy, applied linguistics, and literature in Canada and beyond. In recent years, we have witnessed an increasing demand for the learning of Korean studies, including its language, culture and society. There is so much to be done to meet this demand.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Research and Teaching in Canada: Korean Language and Beyond.” I hope this conference will identify ways to further the CATK’s mission and that the knowledge and insights that will be shared in this conference will contribute to promoting research and education of Korean language and culture in Canada.

We are absolutely delighted to have Professor Joowon Suh from Columbia University, who is the current president of the AATK (American Association of Teachers of Korean). And we are deeply thankful for our plenary speaker, Dr. Byung Seung Lee, who is the Korean Education Centre Director at the Korean Consulate General in Toronto. We would also like to extend our gratitude to the Academy of Korean Studies for their generous support, as well as the York Centre for Asian Research and Korean Education Centre. I would also like to thank the CATK preparation committee members, the conference preparation committee members, including Professors Kyoungrok Ko and Yujeong Choi, and the executive board directors; Christine Kim, KyoungSook Kim, Young-Ah Kim, Seoyoung Lee, Susan Lee-Pierce, and Hyounjeong Yoo.  Especially, I would like to thank Professor Ahrong Lee, Co-convener, for her extremely hard work to organize this conference.

Welcome again and I sincerely hope you enjoy this year’s conference and join us in the next years.

 Best wishes,

 Mihyon Jeon

 President