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a) the amount of time it would consume.

b) the amount of energy it would consume.

c) the amount of money it would consume.

d) the sheer amount of reading involved (i mean people can tell you but until you actually get into it, you have no idea and the mind boggles).

e) how difficult (like nailing butter to a tree) and frustrating coming to grips with qualitative research philosophy can be. (But ultimately, how interesting it all is.)

f) about TIRF (The International Research Foundation for English Language Education); an amazing NGO (non-governmental organization) that provides online resources and which has some funding for doctoral researchers working in the area of TESOL.  TIRF is now accepting applications for the 2010 Doctoral Dissertation Grant Competition. Full instructions for DDG applications can be found here. Applications for the 2010 DDG competition are due May 15, 2010.

g) about the loneliness of the long-distance student.

h) about how in the era of Web 2.0 the technology still fails us when we try to attend a seminar in Perth via the internet.

i) that the Uni doesn’t post podcasts of the, apparently, popular public lecture series which i would love to attend as more than once the topic covered has captured my interest but being 12000 km away it’s a long way to go for a lunch hour presentation.  (Please post them on iTunes or youtube!).

j. about how much i’d be learning… being a doctoral student i had a small level of conceit that i knew quite a bit of stuff about my supposed area of expertise.  Ha, bloody, ha: was i in for a surprise!  i’ve been living and learning at an intense level for the past year and expect it will only continue as the research and writing continue.  (As Matthew Cuthbert says in Anne of Green Gables, “You’re never safe from surprises ’til you’re dead!”  (Harron, 1965).

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  1. Dear Frothquaffer – I was very pleased to read on your blog that you find TIRF’s resources to be helpful. As the Executive Assistant to the Foundation, maintaining those resources is one of my responsibilities. So I was delighted to know that you have publicized those resources to the readers of your blog.

    Each month, TIRF publishes a two-page e-newsletter about the Foundation’s work and research-oriented activities in our field (i.e., conferences, scholarship opportunities, etc.). If you would like to see the archived examples of our newsletter, please visit http://www.tirfonline.org/about-us/newsletters/. We would be happy to include your name and email address on the mailing list. And just for your information, TIRF does not share its mailing list nor sell it to other organizations.

    I was particularly struck by the enthusiasm in this quote from your blog:

    “…about TIRF (The International Research Foundation for English Language Education); an amazing NGO (non-governmental organization) that provides online resources and which has some funding for doctoral researchers working in the area of TESOL. TIRF is now accepting applications for the 2010 Doctoral Dissertation Grant Competition.”

    I shared this quote with Dr. Kathi Bailey, President of TIRF, and she suggested that I ask you if we could use this quote in a future issue of our newsletter. In order to do so, of course, we would need to use your real name.

    By the way, what is the topic of your doctorate at the University of Perth?

    Thanks again for your kind words. Best wishes for completing your doctorate!

    All the best,
    Ryan Damerow


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