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History of ELLAK

History of The English Language and Literature Association of Korea (ELLAK)

Established in October 1954, the English Language and Literature Association of Korea (ELLAK) is an academic organization consisting of over 2000 members who have specialized in English linguistics, English education, English literature and culture, American literature and culture, and other literatures written in English. Members are holders of doctoral degrees from foreign institutions (over 80%) as well as Korean institutions of higher learning and teach at colleges and universities across Korea. Members are engaged in continuous research and take part in varied cultural and social activities in and out of their fields of specialization.

ELLAK has served as a bridge to Western literature and culture, and as the field of English Studies has grown to encompass interdisciplinary approaches to the historical, political, and economic study of a now global "English" culture, members have been active not only in research but also in establishing cultural links with Great Britain and the United States, as well as with Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and countries of the Caribbean and South East Asia. Not only are individual members purveyors of bilateral culture, the Association as a whole is proud to serve as an important working partner with cultural organizations and embassies representing many of these nations in Korea.

ELLAK celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2014. In the face of the rise of the global importance of English and English culture, the Association plans to build on its academic foundation to strengthen its role as the bridge between Korean culture and the global English culture in the 21st Century.