Education is not merely acquiring knowledge, gathering and correlating facts; it is to see the significance of life as whole…Education should help us to discover lasting values so that we do not merely cling to formulas or repeat slogans. These are not our ideas but the ideas of Jiddu Krishnamurti in Education and Significance of Life. Life is the collection of several experiences and facts. It is believed the experience is the real origin of theories, paradigms,methods and techniques. If we recap our past memories, every individual’s life is a complete film in itself. Some reveal their feeling which turns into the script and later turn into a screen as films. Some do not like to reveal their thoughts, which remain secret and unknown to this (virtual) world. This world is the world of sharing. It is often said that the more we share the more we receive feedback; the more feedback –the more ideas to strengthen our ideas. Drawing these thoughts, Chomsky in 1957 began the era of generative linguistics with a seminal publication of Syntactic Structures, known as 1957 model. Several scholars around the world criticized and provided the feedback and he revised the very theory and formulated the revised version of 1957 model in 1965 known as 1965 model. Here, we can draw the ideas that how a reflection and feedback plays a paramount role in one’s life. No matter whether we travel the different parts of this world or not, but our writing or reflections obviously travels the world. The ideas of sharing help us to share our thoughts, re-learn, re-reflect and revisit or re-formulate the new ideas.
This issue has also become an issue of reflection and sharing of interdisciplinary fields: Grammar, research, teacher development and e-technology.Madhu Neupane shares her ideas on Vocabulary and Grammar: Why? How? and believes that vocabulary and grammar are two interdependent aspects in language learning. They are required while using different skills of language (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Drawing her own experiences and the context of Nepal, She believes that the instruction on vocabulary and grammar does not seem to have been integrated with language skills but are essential to explore learners’ language development. Likewise, Ashok Sapkota’s article on Exploring Issues and Problems in Preparing a Research Proposal focuses on the several ideas in which a thesis student needs to take into consideration while preparing a research proposal. Based on his experience and research, he presents a self-analysis rubric where the students can self-assess their thesis proposal on their own rather than depending upon the supervisor. Relating the hunches and ups and downs of a novice teacher, Kiran Thapa recaps her past teaching days of that of novice teacher to the today’s position as an experienced teacher who takes challenges and problems as component of self-monitoring in teacher professional development in her article, Growing as professionals: A Need for Today in TeacherDevelopment. In the same way, Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto in her article High Tech Ideas for Low Tech Classrooms relates her experiences with the techno experiences from Japanese context. She draws her experiences of handling and sharing of technological challenges in teaching environment in home and abroad, and presents three simple ways in which we use technology to enhance our teaching. The closing article of this issue, Some Internet Resources Useful to Language Learners and Researchers by Terry Doyle from United States presents several internet resources where the learners and researchers can explore for their professional development sharing his experiences from NNEST of the Month blog and TESOL’s EVOs (Electronic Village Online).
Let us share and travel with these scholars. As, this month is also a month of most celebrated festivals of Nepal: Dashain, Deepawali, Chhat and Nepal Sammat. Wish you all,
& HAPPY CELEBRATION!