|26th President’s Farewell Message for KATE Members|
Dear KATE members,
As 26th President of KATE, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all the KATE members for your kindness and cooperation for the past two years. My heartfelt appreciation also goes out to the former presidents, the 26th board members, and all the sponsors. It was my honor to do my duties for the association.
For the past two years, we organized and held two international conferences and two SIGs, which were important milestones for domestic and international networking among our members, ELT scholars, and teachers all over the world and positioning the internationally recognized role of KATE as a professional academic association. For this, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all of you who joined us on the conference days, including all the invited speakers, and the board members who dedicated extensive time and effort in organizing and detailing the conferences. We also published eight issues of the English Teaching journal and four issues of Forum and opened a new journal website to bring easiness in online searching of the journal, as in various means, including Google Scholar.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary in 2015, moreover, we published a commemorative book on the history of the association, The KATE 50th anniversary book with support of YBM and International Communication Foundation, which is available on the official KATE website, and a special issue of the English Teaching journal; which provides meta-analyses of the studies published in the journal for the past 50 years, as well as a review of English education policies in college entrance exams, assessment, and the national curriculum in Korea. Additionally, we produced the KATE 50th anniversary video with support of the English MouMou video team, which is also available on our website. In the 2015 and 2016 conferences, we had best paper and doctoral dissertation awards. KATE further expanded its global networking by establishing a formal agreement with associations such as FEELTA (Far Eastern English Language Teachers’ Association) and started an academic collaboration with CELEA (the China English Language Education Association). As our last task, the 26th board members will have the 9th KATE-Yanbian University Joint Conference on July 18th in Yanbian University, China, with a purpose to promote academic collaboration with Chinese ELT colleagues.
Looking back the past two years, I am more than confident to say that I leave this remarkable journey with a light heart, thanks to all of your care and love for KATE and the 26th board members. We are certain that KATE will accomplish great changes and advancements in English education with the new president and board members of the next two years. Albert Einstein once said, “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” This is the true purpose of education and what we aim for as we work together to paint a brighter future of English education in Korea. With the continued devotion, love, and support from the KATE members and the 27th board members, we can achieve this goal as one. I thank you again for the opportunity to serve as the president of KATE, and I look forward to greater accomplishments to come.
Yeon Hee Choi
The Korea Association of Teachers of English