THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF TURKIC LANGUAGES, founded in 1985 as the American Association of Teachers of Turkish, is a private, non-profit, non-political organization of individuals interested in the languages and literatures of the Turks.
In 1993, the members voted to expand and include all languages of the Turks.
The objective of the Association is to advance and improve the teaching of the Turkic languages; to promote study, criticism, and research in the field of the Turkic languages and literatures; and to further the common interests of teachers of these subjects.
According to the Association's Constitution, AATT is managed by a five-member Executive Board elected by the membership. The President, the Executive Secretary, and the Treasurer are appointed positions, officers are elected to three-year terms. All serve without compensation.
The Association publishes a bi-annual newsletter. The Association also issues reports on completed projects. The annual meeting of the Association is held each November in conjunction with the Middle East Studies Association conference. Since 2004, the Association hosts a very successful graduate student pre-conference prior to the CESS and/or MESA conference. An AATT-listserv informs members of the latest news including open positions in the field, and study and scholarship opportunities.
Based on priorities established by the membership, AATT has worked on developing proficiency guidelines for Turkish, a language learning framework for the teaching of Turkish in American academic institutions, and is currently actively promoting use of instructional technology and the Internet to improve the teaching and learning of the Turkic languages.
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Like a forest in brotherhood…
The AATT strongly
condemns the unwarranted use of violence and brutality in routine police work, especially
acts like the one that took the life of George Floyd in Minneapolis. We are
grieving for George Floyd and his family and his loved ones. We are saddened by this and all the other
unfortunate, unjust deaths of our American brothers and sisters, due to a
constant pattern of violence against communities of color and Black people
undergirded by the racism we know exists in our midst. These events weigh
heavily on the minds of all members of our organization and our language
Our journey in teaching
languages has shown us the importance of inclusivity, supporting each other, and
respecting and appreciating differences. We believe that communities are made stronger
by inclusion and diversity.
Martin Luther King
Jr. observed, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent.” We, too, feel
that we have a responsibility to stand up against injustice and inequality in
the community we live in so as to prevent further calamities.
Like the members of
many other cultural and educational institutions in our country, we are
outraged at the lack of progress on this continuing social problem; and we demand
equality, liberty and justice for all people.
Although we appreciate
the strong tradition of diversity, inclusivity and respect for human rights in
this country; we
also have a responsibility to call out institutional shortcomings and stand up
against injustice and brutality, whenever we encounter it.
believe this country can do better for all its citizens.
We call for
love and brotherhood with the final lines of Nazım Hikmet’s poem, “Invitation”:
To live like a tree alone and free
Like a forest in brotherhood
This yearning is ours!
Lecturer | Coordinator
Turkish Language Program
University of Pennsylvania
AATT would like to share this document with Turkish
language instructors across the nation. We hope that its
content will be of great use and help to those who are transitioning to online
language teaching during these challenging and unprecedented times.
Contact us at: AATTsecretariat@gmail.com