Which conference session would you go to, and why?

I was reading an article attempting to debunk common [mis]perceptions about study abroad, but I got sidetracked by the very first paragraph. It made me want to ask any and all willing to share: which is more interesting to you at this point in your career… conference sessions that “orient participants into the accepted language and landscape of a shared profession” or that “thoroughly rip apart the rhetoric and deconstruct a field’s founding myth”? If you had to choose, which one would you attend, and why?

Doug Canfield has been running an "other-minded" language center down in the Tennessee Hills for about 8 years. A lapsed (recovering?) medievalist and French teacher, his passion now involves emerging research paradigms for exploring language instruction and learning, especially in virtual worlds. His goals include fostering the use of technology for instruction, communication, collaboration, and recreation. His alter ego sometimes blogs elsewhere.

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  1. Trip Kirkpatrick · February 20, 2009 Reply

    Right now, I would go to the former, because I’m still learning the rules. Once I’m confident of knowing them, I’ll be more confident in bending or breaking them. (I was raised to be a grow-where-you’re-planted kind of guy.)

  2. Mike Conner · March 5, 2009 Reply

    I’d also attend the former. Mostly for the same reasons as Trip, and partly because I tend to be pretty skeptical of anything that claims to be revolutionary.

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