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Weblogs for ESL

  1. 1. Weblogs: a tool for EFL interaction, expression,LOGO and self-evaluation Claudia Trajtemberg Androula Yiakoumetti
  2. 2. Back Ground In the last decade, L2 learning with computer has shiftedIndividual Interaction Student-centered Work among Learners pedagogy Blogs can potentially promote collaboration & interaction among L2 participants Experimental studies regarding the interaction strategies are not enough
  3. 3. Aim of ArticleTo identify the interaction strategies  Teacher-initiated  Student-initiatedTo examine whether blog technologypromotes  Interaction  Self-expression  Self-evaluation  A sense of language progress
  4. 4. Blogs & Language Learning Blogs are inherently interactive Posting (writing), bloggers’ self- reflection, other bloggers’ reaction Bloggers actively engage with each other’s writing activities Less knowledge learners can learn from advanced learners
  5. 5. Project (At Univ. of Chile)Elective course aimed to developstudents’ low-level EnglishFocused on general EnglishRequired to carry out 13 tasks ontheir blogs16 students, Age 20-22native Spanish speaker1 teacher, native English speaker
  6. 6. Teacher-Initiated Interaction1. Questions in comments  Triggered responses from most students2. Witty & humorous comment  Students are motivated to respond in a relaxed & joking manner3. Giving examples from personal interests  Triggered a sense of belonging that motivate students to leave comments
  7. 7. Student-Initiated Interaction1. Encouraging comments on friend’s blog2. Comments including own opinions  Product of atmosphere of collaborative learning  Considerable learner’s autonomy
  8. 8. Self-ExpressionAt the beginning the blog is a course requirementBy the end enjoyed writing the blogEnglish became both the medium &object of expression
  9. 9. Self-Evaluation & Sense of Language Progress By looking at their writing week after week  Realized own achievements By doing tasks with a clear communicative purpose  Developed a sense of progress & self- evaluation Anyone can read students’ writings  Motivation to improve their English
  10. 10. The Efficacy of BlogsTransformed activities of reading &writing into more engaging tools forlearnersWriting in L2 was less threateningWriting English became a realcommunicative purposeStudents’ desire to learn wasreignited
  11. 11. ConclusionBlogs are useful in EFL assist in motivating learners…  To use language for a real communicative purpose  To write in English in a new style  Because of its interactivity promote …  Self-expression  Self-evaluation  A sense of language progress

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