Posted on 11 January by Sherry Blok The year was a golden year, with TESOL celebrating its 50th anniversary and educators across the globe making a difference in their classrooms and communities. It has been a honor for me to share some of their stories with you and highlight their unwavering commitment to the field.
This article takes a look at blogging, which is becoming increasingly popular as a language learning tool. It gives an overview of blogging websites, suggests why you might want to use them, and gives some practical advice on setting up blogs for use with your own classes. What is a blog?
Types of blogs used in language teaching Why blog? Tips for managing learner blog settings Keeping students interested Pitfalls to watch out for Advanced feature What is a blog? A blog short for weblog is a frequently updated website that often resembles an online journal.
It's so easy to create and update a blog - it requires only basic access to the Internet, and a minimum of technical know-how. Because of this, it is one of the easiest ways to publish student writing on the WWW. It's almost as easy as sending an email.
Nowadays, blogs can also display photos and some people are using them with audio and even video, but this article will concentrate on the basics, showing how a simple text-based blog can be used to great effect with your English language learners.
Types of blogs used in language teaching Aaron Campbell has outlined three types of blogs for use with language classes: The Tutor Blog is run by the teacher of a class. The content of this type of blog can be limited to syllabus, course information, homework, assignments, etc. Or the teacher may choose to write about his or her life, sharing reflections about the local culture, target culture and language to stimulate online and in-class discussion.
In this type of blog, students are normally restricted to being able to write comments to the teacher's posts. It is best used as a collaborative discussion space, an extra-curricular extension of the classroom. Students can be encouraged to reflect in more depth, in writing, on themes touched upon in class.
Students are given a greater sense of freedom and involvement than with the tutor blog. A very good example of what has been done with this type of blog is Barbara Dieu's 'Bee Online' http: It involves giving each student an individual blog. The benefit of this is that this becomes the student's own personal online space.
Students can be encouraged to write frequently about what interests them, and can post comments on other students' blogs.
For examples, see the links to learner blogs from the class blog and tutor blog examples above. Of course, teachers who decide to use blogs often use a combination of Tutor or Class blog and Learner blogs, with hyperlinks connecting them.
So, why should you blog with your students? There are many reasons why you may choose to use weblogs with students. One of the best reasons is to provide a real audience for student writing.
Usually, the teacher is the only person who reads student writing, and the focus of this reading is usually on form, not content.
With weblogs, students can find themselves writing for a real audience that, apart from the teacher, may include their peers, students from other classes, or even other countries, their parents, and potentially anyone with access to the Internet.
Here are some other reasons for using blogs: To provide extra reading practice for students. This reading can be produced by the teacher, other students in the same class, or, in the case of comments posted to a blog, by people from all over the world.British Council @AsiaELT Asia ELT is a network for teachers and teacher trainers in Asia, to enable resource and idea sharing and to encourage discussions on ELT topics.
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