Tuesday, December 27, 2011

From Monologues to Dialogues

Hi there,
It has been a long time since the last time I published something on my blog. It's a long story but I'm back. I started writing for this blog because I sometimes feel lonely and just need to share my experiences. I consider my blog as my imaginary friend, her name is Sophia if you must know ^_^. She certainly kept me going for the last two years we have been together but I also owe a lot to my comrades who go through the same or similar experiences with me in my program. That's why I decided to ask them if they would be interested in writing something for this blog and share their experiences with me and others. After all, we are all in the same boat. Besides it pains me that what we learn about being a graduate student or academic gets lost in time. I wanted to document this fleeing knowledge, a knowledge perhaps different in kind and degree but important knowledge nevertheless.
Another inspiration for this idea was my recent reading of literacy narratives of some scholars, Casanave and Vandrick's (2003) Writing for Scholarly Publications: Behind the Scenes in Language Education, Belcher and Connor's (2001) Reflections on Multiliterate Lives, and Casanave's Writing Games: Multicultural Case Studies of Academic Literacy Practices in Higher Education in addition to some articles. I have to say among all these articles and chapters I read Canagarajah and Pavlenko's chapters are the ones that inspired me the most. I hope you read their stories too but now it is time for me to leave the stage to my friends and colleagues. I asked a couple of them and some of them kindly accepted to write. I just want to express my sincerest gratitude for their generosity. I hope you will find their stories engaging and helpful.
PS. If you are interested in sharing your stories, please contact me at btezelle@purdue.edu

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