Welcome, and thank you for visiting this site! This blog was originally created as a research project for two classes in my master’s program in Second Language Education. The idea was to condense theoretical work in second language education into short, accessible pieces with discussion about its practical applications. As the project moved along, I began to find myself wondering about the value blogging could have in bridging the gap between theory and practice in this field. Could it be a viable way to make relevant research accessible to practicing language teachers, who might not have access to it or time for it otherwise? Could it help to promote ongoing professional development? I also began to wonder what kinds of innovations could be made through the collective thought processes of groups of language teachers interacting in a public forum.
Thus, my thesis research project was born. My work will focus on language teachers’ experience with this blog. Nothing is required of any readers who have not been approached about being a part of a focus group. Don’t worry; you are free to read as many posts as you wish without any obligation to the study!
With the help of contributors, I will continue to post material that attempts to integrate current advances in language education and acquisition theory with practical applications that could be made. Since the considerations and personal reflections of the different authors are part of our own development as language educators, I want to invite you, the readers, to join the conversation and share your reflections and insights. A portion of my analysis will involve examining public interactions on the blog. Your thoughts and comments–if you choose to share them–will contribute to a collective knowledge-building process that has potential to encourage the development of improved understandings and practices in language education!
If you choose to make a comment or fill out the questionnaire that I will share in October, you are making an important contribution to this study. Doing so is fully optional, and you are free and welcome to comment or not comment as you choose. At no point will your name be used in connection to the comments and responses you share, and if at any point you provide information or comments that you do not want used for this research, you may contact me at the e-mail address below with the content and date of the information, and it will not be considered.
For more information about the study, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com. Thank you for visiting Ramblings of a Linguaphile, and thank you for your interest in my research! I hope that you will find something helpful here, and I hope that you will consider sharing this site and sharing your valuable thoughts about posts in the comments!