A Warm Welcome

Welcome to the KOTESOL website!

As a KOTESOL past president it is an honor and pleasure to send my greetings to all of our members and future members of the KOTESOL community.

The KOTESOL mission statement is

To promote scholarship, disseminate information, and facilitate cross-cultural understanding among persons concerned with teaching and learning of English in Korea.

To fulfill the above goals all of us come together in KOTESOL regardless of race, gender, age, nationality, or experience.

English has been considered as an essential tool by parents, teachers, and education policy-makers in Korea so the roles of teachers are becoming much more demanding and challenging. Professional development activities are a must, and KOTESOL aims to address this need. Our members are active in all sorts of roles across the educational community, including expatriate teachers and Koreans, as well as teachers and friends abroad. Thus KOTESOL is a very unique and special place to share our wisdom and to meet practical needs to make English education in Korea better and enhanced.

KOTESOL publishes The English Connection (TEC) quarterly, the KOTESOL Proceedings annually at the time of the International Conference, and the Korea TESOL Journal (KTJ). Our International Conference is held every autumn, and National Conference each spring. We have successfully hosted more than 20 major annual international conferences, the recent conferences featured more than 240 sessions and 1300 attendees from within and beyond Korea. We are always at work planning the next International Conference, along with nearly a half-dozen more local conferences, and hope to see you there! We in KOTESOL are firmly rooted in our 10 regional chapters — each chapter has their own workshops and mini-conferences. We feature Special Interest Groups (SIGs) focusing on particular topics and fields, as well as KTT as a provider of teacher training expertise.

Most of the website is free to view by all. Certain activities are limited to those who register in the website — registration is free! And of course, some benefits are reserved for members who are current in their paid dues. I encourage you to take some time and look around. We hope you like what you find!

Best wishes,
Peadar Callaghan
Past President (2013-2015)

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