Thank you for coming to my last Monday’s presentation on blogging. It was great to share with you my experience with blogs and discuss together whether it could be useful for us to use this application.
Thank you also to the tutors that came to the workshop on Friday and learnt how to start a blog for the first time. I hope you didn’t find it too scary or too complicated. We didn’t have too much time to see many of the possibilities that a blog offers, but I hope that you will discover them very soon (if you continue working with them in your lessons!!).
I will continue updating this blog with relevant information for any language teacher interested in blogging.
Well, thanks again and I hope you enjoyed the two sessions.
Here you can see some of the tutors that came to the workshop working hard at the computer.
Amigos para siempre
María Teresa blogging about Mallorca
Not really impressed
Very keen students
And, of course, here is the profedeucl, with a very professional look, at the computer, pretending he is working.
We can identify three potential uses for the blog in the language classroom:
- The tutor blog: daily reading practice for learners, online verbal exchange using comments, class information, resource for self-study.
- The learner blog: student get writing practice, develop a sense of ownership, and whatever they write can instantly be read by anyone else and, due to the comment features of the software, further exchange of ideas is promoted.
- The class blog: Students can create a free-form bulletin board, interact in an international classroom language exchange, or a project-based language learning exercise, where students can develop writing and research skills by creating an online resource.
There are blogs about any topic you can imagine: cinema, football, knitting, losing wait, pet food, journalism, economics, music, chess, and many, many more…
Can you think of how blogs might be used by (language) teachers? Think about it… any ideas?
Think of the levels you teach; the aims of your courses; the type of student you teach; the content and the skills you want your students to develop.
Any suggestions regarding how you could use blogs to support your lessons?
First things first: do you know what a blog is?
For those less familiar with blogs, we are going to identify the main elements and structure of a blog, and, to do so, we´ll carry out the following tasks:
- Have a look at (at least) two of the blogs below.
- Think which are their main elements and structure; what you think makes a blog what it is.
- Leave a comment with your answers.
Sei italiano se
Made in italy
One way to sweeden
Il blog di Beppe Grillo
All blogs are websites.
However, blogs are a particular kind of website and our task is to distinguish clearly between blogs an other types of sites available online.
Visit the following 2 sites and identify which one is a typical website and which one is a blog. What’s the difference?
Have a look at some popular blogs out there on the net.
You can start here
As you can see, there are blogs about any topic you can imagine: cinema, football, knitting, losing wait, pet food, journalism, economics, music, chess, and many, many more…
Before continuing reading, can you think of how blogs might be used by (language) teachers? Think about it… any ideas?
- Think of the levels you teach; the aims of your courses; the type of student you teach; the content and the skills you want your students to develop…
- Make a comment with any suggestions regarding how you could use blogs to support your lessons.