Setiap semester Fall, ada satu tradisi literasi keren yang diselenggarakan oleh Dept. of Comparative Literature, Penn State, yakni Reading Marathon. Dari namanya saja sudah bisa ditebak bahwa ini adalah kegiatan membaca secara beruntun, marathon. Uniknya, kegiatan membaca ini dilakukan secara marathon selama 24 jam. Acaranya sangat sederhana tapi sangat mendidik. Panitia memasang tenda besar di halaman Pattee-Paterno Library, didalmnya disediakan kursi-kursi bagi khalayak yang hadir menyimak materi yang dibacakan, serta satu buah podium lengkap dengan mini-sound system, tempat dimana orang akan membaca bahan bacaan.
My professors asked me to write a memo about researcher identity. This is one the weekly assignments in Introduction to Qualitative Research class. They asked the students to look back to their personal experiences and see how that experiences might influence their future endeavor in research. What prior experiences have the students had that are relevant to their topic or setting? What beliefs and assumptions about the students’ topic or setting have resulted from these experiences? What goals have emerged from these, or have otherwise become important for the students’ research? How have these experiences, assumptions, and goals shaped the students’ decision to choose the topic? So, here is my memo.
One of the required books for Applied Linguistics Class: Communication in Second Language Classroom that I take this semester is Neil Mercer’s Words & Mind, How We Use Language to Think Together. Last week, the professor asked the students to read first three chapters (72 pages) and write a 150 to 300 words reflective essay about it. So the first three chapters of the book highlight the use of language to think together. The chapters put detail explanation about how people use language in a conversational learning to think together, how they lay foundations for the conversation to make sure that everyone involved in it has the same common ground, and how to connect prior, current, and anticipated knowledge that blend together in the thinking together process. The chapters have reminded me of the thinking together, the conversational process that me and my wife have in the last eight months.