Academia Koreana, the Korean studies research institute of Keimyung University, is happy to announce that it will be holding an international conference on Korean Studies on December 6–8, 2012. This is Keimyung University’s sixth international conference on Korean Studies: The first conference in 2001 was on the theme, ‘Exploring the Origin of Homo Koreanus,’ the second in 2004 was entitled, ‘The Korean Beat: In Search of the Origins of Korean Culture,’ the third in 2007, ‘Translating Korean Classical Materials Abroad,’ the fourth in 2010, ‘The Ecological Imagination in Korean Traditional Art’ and the fifth in 2011, ‘Korean Confucianism and Ecology.’ This year’s conference ‘Korean Linguistics for Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language’ will provide a timely forum for the presentation and discussion of new ideas in this rapidly developing field.
The conference will take place in three stages: keynote speeches, panel presentations, and a comprehensive discussion. On the first day, the two keynote speeches will explore the overarching theme of Korean linguistics and the teaching of Korean as a foreign language. These speeches will be followed by panel presentations that will investigate various aspects of the conference theme in depth. The first session will examine the development direction of the King Sejong Institute’s language education policy, the current state and problems of Korean language teaching in China today, and the implications of a functional-typological study on Korean relative clauses for Korean Language Education (KLE). In the second session, there will be a typological analysis of Korean phonology, and an examination of the categories of consonant assimilation and measures for teaching Korean pronunciation. In the third session on the second day of the conference, there will be further papers on the teaching of Korean composition in Uzbekistan, the practical aspects of using Chinese characters for Mongolian learners, the teaching of Korean grammar to Turkish learners, and measures for teaching the grammar of connective endings in the Korean language. In the fourth session there will be papers on the work of the linguist Fred Lukoff, the experiences of cooperation on Korean language training between Thai Nguyen University and Keimyung University, and evidentiality in Korean and Mongolian. This final session of paper presentations will be followed by a comprehensive discussion, in which everyone will be invited to freely discuss the contents of the papers that have been presented during the conference.
Academia Koreana would like to warmly invite you to this venue for debate. By exploring the theme of Korean linguistics for teaching Korean as a foreign language, we can share our ideas and discuss how to ensure the continued vigorous development of this core subject in the field of Korean studies. Your interest, cooperation, and participation in this timely conference will be greatly appreciated.