Blogs in ELT (Final Asssignment for the E-learning and Digital Cultures Course)


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This is my final assignment for the E-learning and Digital Cultures course organized by the University of Edinburgh on in February 2013. The assignment consists of two files. The first file includes a PowerPoint presentation dedicated to the use of blogs and blogging activities in the system of teaching English as a second/foreign language. The second file contains some theoretical materials related to the use of blogs in English language teaching, as well as my meditations and reflections on the use of blogging activities in my actual teaching practice. So both files are related to the same topic - the use of blogs as a form of online writing in the system of teaching English as a second/foreign language. So these materials refer to some extent to several important and up-to-date aspects discussed in the given course as "Communication technologies", "Open (and Opening) Education" and "The Meanings of Learning".

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Blogs in ELT (Final Asssignment for the E-learning and Digital Cultures Course)

  1. 1. Blogs in English Language Teaching
  2. 2. Online Writing for Students and Teachers Use of Blogs at English Language Lessons E-learning and Digital Cultures Massive Open Online Course (EDCMOOC), University of Edinburgh Olga Muranova (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) February 2013
  3. 3. What Does the Word ‘Blog’ Mean?• a frequently updated website that often resembles an online journal;• enables people to publish their writing onto a website and allows a wider audience to interact with it if the writer wishes it.
  4. 4. Types of blogs:• The Tutor Blog (run by teachers);• The Class Blog (shared between students and their teacher);• The Learner Blog (individual for every student);• The Photoblog (implies using photos and pictures).
  5. 5. LiveJournal ( )
  6. 6. Examples of the Activities Based on Using Blogs• writing student • freewriting activities; comments on the • role-plays; topic discussed; • making dialogues;• reacting to the • whole-class and comments of other group discussions; students or blog • creating student e- writers; portfolios;• language exercises; • organizing school links projects.
  7. 7. The Most Common Topics for Student Blog Discussions• Traveling and trips;• Students’ favorite musical band and singers;• Different films and TV programs;• Students’ favorite personages of some popular books and films.
  8. 8. Other Popular Topics of Student Blogs• Students’ hobbies;• Students’ favorite football or some other sport teams;• Ways of spending holidays;• Participation in different university events (including student KVN, sport competitions, etc.);• National celebrations.
  9. 9. Some Possible Criteria for Assessing Student Blogs• blog posts on the whole;• participation in different preparatory and post-writing language and communicative tasks;• writing commentaries on others’ blogs;• replying to the blogs of some other students;• managing blogs, etc.
  10. 10. Advantages of Using Blogs in ELT• an effective means of developing • a good way of finding pen- student writing, reading and friends all over the world; partially speaking or listening • a useful tool applied for skills; creating student e-portfolios;• improving student knowledge of • a productive means of the grammar and vocabulary; direct and indirect assessment• developing student creative of student progress; critical or logical thinking and • a good base for organizing imagination; school links projects, etc.;• enlarging student cultural • possibility to use blogs for outlook; home task;• a free tool for introducing a wide • developing student IT and spectrum of video, audio, digital skills; pictures, texts, PowerPoint • require only basic access to presentations, etc. the Internet and a minimum of technical know-how.
  11. 11. Disadvantages of Using Blogs in ELT• involving and motivating • necessity to spend the students for creating their teacher’s precious time own and reacting to on preparing students to others’ blogs can be time- writing their own blogs, consuming; providing them with good• difficult to use blogs with initial examples of blog elementary and pre- posts and reading or intermediate students; reacting to students’• necessity to find only posts; appropriate blogs which • possibility of cyber-bulling won’t “spoil” or distract attacks; students’ attention; • can be not well-applicable for reserved and timid students.
  12. 12. Popular Sites for Setting New Blogs• Blogger to use blogging tool that allows users to create a blog in three steps);• Edublogs focused blogging tool to create personal and class blogs);• 21 classes to create class blogs with privacy features).
  13. 13. Blogs Related to English Language Teaching or Education on the Wholeday -• Larry Ferlazzos websites of the ;• Madness in the Method - ;• Teaching Journal - ;• Grammar Guy - ;• Learning technology teacher development blog - ;• Mr C’s Class Blog - ;• Daily English activities - ;• British Council Italy - ;• Don Ledingham’s Learning Blog - .
  14. 14. Thank you for attention!