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“Write 4 Change”: Cultivating Autonomous, Global EFL Learners through Blogging

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The process approach to L2 writing has gained momentum over the past two decades, as this approach encourages autonomy, reflection, collaboration, creativity, and exploration, and enables learners to become more engaged in the writing process. Technology has also grown in popularity in ELT, and blogging for L2 writing has been recommended to promote critical reflection and collaborative interaction within socially mediated online learning platforms. The purpose of this poster presentation is to explore how the application of a collective class blog, titled “Write 4 Change” http://write4change.edublogs.org/, facilitated the L2 writing process, promoted co-construction of L2 knowledge through social interaction, and cultivated autonomy, critical thinking, and global awareness in EFL learners via writing for social change. The tech tools which were incorporated within the blog will also be introduced and demoed. For example, Popplet, a mind-mapping tool used for the planning phase, will be introduced. The use of Google Docs and Draftback for online collaborative writing and e-peer feedback, will be discussed as well.

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“Write 4 Change”: Cultivating Autonomous, Global EFL Learners through Blogging

  1. 1. Process Approach to L2 Writing The process approach to L2 writing has gained momentum over the past two decades, as this approach encourages autonomy, reflection, collaboration, creativity, and exploration, and enables learners to become more engaged in the writing process (Oliveira & Silva, 2013). Writing for Social Change “Write 4 Change”: Cultivating Autonomous, Global EFL Learners through BloggingINDEPENDENT LEARNING Parisa Mehran Technology has also grown in popularity in ELT, and been recommended to promote critical reflection and collaborative interaction within socially mediated online learning platforms (Edwards & Jun Liu, 2018). •Facilitates the L2 writing process •Promotes co-construction of L2 knowledge through social interaction •Cultivates autonomy, critical thinking, and global awareness Tech Tools Draftback References L2 Writing in Secondary Classrooms: Student Experiences, Academic Issues, and Teacher Education by Luciana C. de Oliveira & Tony Silva (2013) Peer Response in Second Language Writing Classrooms by Jette Hansen Edwards & Jun Liu (2018) Resources cultofpedagogy.com equityliteracy.org edspeakers.com educolor.org pushingtheedge.org tolerance.org teachingforchange.org larryferlazzo.edublogs.org All About Me EVE: Equal Voices in ELT MovementsIsupport

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