Friday, October 08, 2004

History of CESL Today

CESL Today is the student newsletter here, and I've begun to be more conscious of its history as it is going through another historic change: going online, becoming mostly online, with its paper version nice but perhaps less important.

When it started about ten years ago, I actually envisioned it as being an almost-daily, functioning newspaper, really serving to tell people what was happening at any given day. I realize that the weblogs can be doing this, and doing it effectively, if we get people using them regularly. That would mean freely contributing as well as opening it up and actually reading it once in a while. Our purpose is, and always has been, to get our students reading and writing a lot about their daily lives, in English, as a community.

I will keep posting about this history. The biggest points in its history are as follows: 1) when it was switched from and AE2 project to an AE1 project; 2) when the first issues were put online; 3) when Adam Abdulkadir Alamin received recognition for his poem; and 4) this month, when it has become a program-wide project, with contributions from all levels, based on the weblogs that are for the most part connected out of here.

I will "keep you posted."


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