I’m writing this post to share two exciting things with you!
First, and most exciting, I am very pleased to announce that I have officially received approval to use this blog as the basis for my master’s thesis research!!!
Since the fact that you’re reading this indicates that you have some sort of interest in my blog, I want to explain a bit of it to you and comment on the implications. I’ve written about it in my revised “About” page, but essentially, I will be examining the potential for blog interaction to help bridge the gap between theory and practice in language education. The tone of posts here will be very similar to what it has been, with research presented in compact ways and consideration given to practical application. As always, these blog posts are in part a reflection of the iterative process of the writers’ learning and processing of information.
For those reading the blog, nothing is required of you. You are free to simply read, or if you wish, I welcome and invite you to contribute to the research by adding your voice and knowledge to the discussions by commenting on blog posts. The anonymity of any comments you make will be preserved in my thesis, and you will see a reminder about commenting at the bottom of every post.
Two key goals of this research project are:
- to provide language teacher readers with language education research that is concisely presented in readily applicable ways, and
- to encourage graduate student researchers who will contribute some of the posts to give due consideration to practical applications of the theoretical work they encounter.
If you would like to hear more about the research that supports these goals, please feel free to send me an e-mail at email@example.com.
As these two goals are addressed, we will also all have opportunities to engage in discussion in the comments. Who knows? Our collective knowledge-building might even lead us to innovative ideas that lead to theoretical and practical improvements in language education!
The second bit of news stems from my reflection of the roots of this blog; last week I had the opportunity to deliver a workshop on translanguaging at TESL Canada’s national conference in Niagara Falls! Since Ramblings of a Linguaphile is where I first began hashing out my thoughts on translanguaging research, I want to thank you for your part; thank you for reading my posts, and thanks a million to those who have taken the time to share their own thoughts and ideas throughout the process. I’m very excited for the next steps of the blog, and I hope that you will consider adding your voice in this exciting project and spreading the word about the blog to your language educator friends!
Memo: Are you a language teacher? Your feedback is needed! Please consider aiding this research by filling out a short (10-15 min.) anonymous survey about your experience on Ramblings of a Linguaphile. Click here to begin the survey. For more information about the research, click here. Thank you for your participation!
Please note that the Ramblings of a Linguaphile site is currently being used for thesis research. Between June 14, 2017, and November 30, 2017, any comments made on posts to this site may be used for research purposes. The identity of the person who posted the comment will be kept anonymous. For more information about the study, please see the About page. By commenting, you consent to participate.