Here in the CSU system, we like to pretend we're immune to the corruption that seems to be all over the upper echelons of the University of California system. But...we're not.
This week I wrote a paper on the article "Cognitive and Sociocultural Perspectives: Two Parallel SLA Worlds?” from the 40th anniversary issue of TESOL Quarterly. Essentially my position was that the cognivists may have to split off and go hang out with neuroscientists if they want to keep being so sciency. Only in much more elloquent terms, I hope.
The HSU English department has graciously given me the funds to attend the 5th Annual Symposium on Second Language Writing at Purde University this summer. I'm looking forward to it. I'm also hoping to put together an ESL/SLA/AppLing grad student panel for HSU's fall English Studies conference. (I have kind of resigned myself to staying at HSU, which means taking a year's worth of non-AppLing classes. I don't think it will be so bad, but it's not my first choice, necessarily. As long as we can get out of here in mid-May.)