Major May update: My thesis is finished! This afternoon I caught the train to Alcalá de Henares to turn in the paper I began to flesh out in October. There were certainly days when I didn’t think I’d finish, nights when I wanted to bang my forehead against the keyboard, and sunny afternoons I would have preferred to spend outdoors instead of tied to my desk. But this exuberant sense of accomplishment was something I had not felt in quite a while. Today there was a spring in my step, and I was all smiles.
I know I haven’t talked much about this project, but my focus this year has been on incorporating authentic materials–materials designed for native speakers–into the second language classroom. The title of my paper is: “‘Pea Sprouts in Man’s Lung’: Incorporating Authentic Materials to Foster Creativity and Curiosity in the Foreign Language Classroom.” The funky title comes from an activity I created for my students, which is based on a newspaper article you can read here.
While there are still several weeks left to the school year, I aim to blog more consistently over the next few months. Now I understand why friends suddenly disappear when they enroll in a graduate program…
Thanks to everyone who was supportive and cheered me on during this process–it meant a ton!