Have you thought about how to use blogs to support your language lessons? Try this activity.
OK, when you run out of ideas, have a look at some of the blogs below. All of them are blogs about teaching and lerning languages.
A class blog, developed by Sarah Guth at the University of Padua for advanced learners of English, with the aim of improving their language skills and information literacy skills through the use of blogs and other Web 2.0 tools. Activities are posted to the class blog, students complete their activities using a personal blog. Interestingly, the personal blog is graded on content and relevancy rather than linguistic accuracy, which encourages students to focus on process, reflection and vocabulary, rather than being inhibited by potentially inaccurate use of grammar.
CALL Lessons 2005-2007
Award-winning tutor blog, developed by Teresa Almeida d’Eça, a teacher of English in Portugal. The blog, written in English with the odd Portuguese translation for difficult words or expressions, is a record of CALL lesson plans, activities and reports. As with the blog above, the striking thing is just how important regular teacher input is in the maintenance of a successful blog.
Rate My Mates
Students of French and German post their own recordings and must make comments on the materials created by the rest of the class.
TGS MFL Resource and Homework
Teacher blog with activities for students of French and German.
Blog run by Isabel Jones, teacher of French and German and Head of Moden Languages at The Radclyffe School, Oldham. It’s a blog about resources, research, news and views about language teaching in UK.
This is a blog run by the University of Leon, Spain, and the College of the Holy Cross, USA, and it works as a space of work for students of Spanish as a Second Language. The aim of the blog is to practice reading and writing skills.
This site can be described as a “net of blogs”. Each blog is dedicated to a particular subject: culture, current affairs, cinema, literature, environment and Soeciety. In each blog the tutors propose tasks for the students to complete. Usually the tasks involve reading a text (newspapers articles, for example, or news; paragraphs from books; cine reviews; official documents, etc.) or watching a video; to this, the students must write their impressions and give their opinios. They are also encouraged to make comments on their peers’ pieces of work.
En mi bolsillo (in my pocket)
A class blog developed by a group of advanced Spanish students. They are encouraged to talk about everyday objects that have a special significance to them.
OK, what do you think? Is this what you expected from language teachers’ blogs?
Could you think of other possible uses?