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.