The Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) cesl.uky.edu
Moise Djigbenou came to Kentucky from the Ivory Coast in December of 2000. At the University of Kentucky, he studied electrical engineering with a specialty in electronics, mechanical engineering, technological engineering, and math. He now works at Big Ass Fans in application engineering.
Helen Bukulmez talks about her experiences in CESL.
New media and technology present us with an overwhelming bounty of tools for connection, creativity, collaboration, and knowledge creation - a true "Age of Whatever" where anything seems possible. But any enthusiasm about these remarkable possibilities is immediately tempered by that other "Age of Whatever" - an age in which people feel increasingly disconnected, disempowered, tuned out, and alienated. Such problems are especially prevalent in education, where the Internet often enters our classrooms as a distraction device rather than a tool for learning.
What is needed more than ever is to inspire our students to wonder, to nurture their appetite for curiosity, exploration, and contemplation. It is our responsibility to help them attain an insatiable appetite and pursue big, authentic, and relevant questions so that they can harness and leverage the bounty of possibility, rediscover the "end" or purpose of wonder, and stave off the historical end of wonder.