What is the spark that lights the fire of learning between learner and
teacher? The approach to reflecting on this question is holistic and
cross-disciplinary, the subject matter is second-language learning, the
setting is often tertiary or continuing education, and the focus is on
encounters. The metaphor that guides the reflections is dancing in an
attempt to capture the complexity of the adult learning situation.
This study uses action research and action learning to deepen the author's
understanding and praxis. 'Vignettes', recollections of previous
experience, are the author's windows on more than twenty-five years as an
adult learner of languages and as an English teacher for non-native adults,
primarily academics. The vignettes validate ordinary pedagogical acts and
introduce spiritual and physical dimensions to language learning that are
commonly overlooked. The process of reflection leads to an emerging
awareness of «crisscross scholars» - the increasingly common breed of
academic who is multilingual, multicultural, and multidisciplinary.
Encounters - Second-Language Learning - Adult Language Learning - Deep
Learning - Common European Framework of Reference - Linguistic Security -
Lifelong Learning - Guided Self-Study - Peer Tandem - Vignettes - Action
Research - Action Learning - Love Migrant - Crisscross Scholar - Peer
Mentoring - Dissertation Writing Process.