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 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 and the Executive Secretary-Treasurer are appointed positions, officers are elected to three year terms. The Executive Secretary-Treasurer is responsible for the day to day operation of the Association. All serve without compensation.
The Association's activities have included the publication of a Bulletin with research articles, news of field development, reports of meetings and conferences, book reviews and communications from members. 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. 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.