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Weblogs: a tool for EFL interaction, expression,LOGO and self-evaluation Claudia Trajtemberg Androula Yiakoumetti
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
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
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
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
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
Student-Initiated Interaction1. Encouraging comments on friend’s blog2. Comments including own opinions Product of atmosphere of collaborative learning Considerable learner’s autonomy
Self-ExpressionAt the beginning the blog is a course requirementBy the end enjoyed writing the blogEnglish became both the medium &object of expression
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
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
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