Category Archives: Marlen’s Random Thoughts

A Writing Identity?

SO I think I have a pretty good idea as to who I am as an instructor, such that I would definitely say I’ve developed an instructor identity. While the majority of my research evolves around linguistic and sexual identities, … Continue reading

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Sapir-Whorf and Perceptions of English Language

Part 1, English Freedom It’s another presentation at a Saturday conference and this time we’re sitting in a circle discussing the negotiation of second language identities. I mention to the participants and fellow presenters that my dissertation will examine perceptions … Continue reading

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Give Mary Gods a Quid, Ya’All

“You sound like the operator,” I say through a large grin. “What?” “Like the operator…the woman in the phone!” My mother looks at me for a moment and then asks, “Whadduya mean?” “When you talk on the phone, you sound … Continue reading

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Good Teaching

  What is good teaching?   Good teaching – oh the word “good” just doesn’t mean anything, now does it – effective teaching is….And what about “effective”? How is THAT defined?   George Mitchell challenged me, pushed me, and he … Continue reading

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Why Does Writing Really Matter?

“Why does writing really matter?” he asked me. I thought about it for only a brief moment as the answer plainly introduced itself, “Because there are things that one cannot say.” “How true,” I thought after speaking those words. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Research Questions of the Week

How does writing for blogs or online journals differ from approaching the same topic in other formats? If a student completes homework on his own blog rather than as a more traditional report for the teacher, how does the concept … Continue reading

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Transformation, Revisited

  Transformation – that’s my word for this fall. Sitting in a classroom, the stage comes to life, the word echoes – transformation. Funny how once I’ve noticed a thing it seems to suddenly be everywhere I look. I’ve been … Continue reading

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