is a blog?
what kind of blog you want to
blogging tools to create your own
Slideshow with ideas on using Weblogs in the EFL Classroom
Using Weblogs in the EFL Class
Links to articles
on using blogs in ESL/EFL
for Use with ESL Classes
Blogging for ELT
a Writing Course Using Class and Student
Your Own ESL/EFL Blogs
of blog do you want to
how to use a blog is the most important part of
the process. A teacher can do many things with a blog to enhance the teaching/learning process.
To help you decide what kind of blog
you want to create, here are some ideas to help you get started.
might want to use a blog to create links to
relevant sites on the Internet.
you have created a list of favorite web sites
that you often use, you might like to use your
blog as a kind of storage space that allows you
to access them quickly and easily.
can provide links to useful online learning
resources for your students such as links to
interactive grammar quizzes, vocabulary
activities, listening sites, and readings
related to what they are learning in class.
you are teaching a content-based, or
theme-based, English class, you can make links
to useful content sites that are pertinent to
what the students are learning.
could create a blog for a class you are currently
teaching and make it an integral part of that
class. When creating a class blog, consider
questions such as...
kinds of information and links will you provide
for your students, and what blog-based
learning tasks will you ask them to do?
you focus on one particular skill such as
reading or writing? or, on one particular area
such as drama, culture, or the arts?
exactly would you like to involve your
this be an interactive site, involving input
from both you and your students, or will it
basically be a teacher weblog to guide
it serve as a kind of online class bulletin
board on which you post the syllabus,
assignments, announcements, and other relevant
you like to document a class project on a
you want to showcase good examples of student
might consider showing your students how to set
up their own student blogs and having them use
these blogs to react to readings, complete
writing assignments, journal over time, or
create online portfolios of their work.
not make use of the commenting feature to have
students express their ideas and opinions about
topics discussed in class?
You might want to create a reflective blog to
classroom teaching experiences, reflecting on
what has worked in your classes and what hasn't
(the learning process going on in your
ideas on approaches to teaching
teaching and cultural experiences in another
you have learned from colleagues
could use a blog to share ideas and techniques with
ESL/EFL colleagues, blogging about...
favorite teaching techniques
for using technology in language learning
description of a specific teaching unit
to teach vocabulary or pronunciation
for using poetry in the classroom
for using drama in the classroom
of your own (original) ice breaker activities or
language learning games
can create a shared blog for collaborative work
with colleagues or have your students create shared
from two different classes within the same
school or program or from two different schools
or programs in different locations could jointly
carry out a project and publish what their
students create on a shared weblog.
groups of students could create group blogs to
publish the products of a project they worked on
programs or teams of ESL programs could create
shared literature circles or book clubs.
You can also use your blog to showcase technology to create dynamic learning sites for your students.
- Embed slide shows of photos, videos, talking avatars, comic strips, polls, timelines, podcasts, and much more.
will be the purpose of your blog?
Take time to think about the kind of blog you
want to create. It's important to plan a blog
carefully before you begin the process of creating
Name that blog!
You should also have a good name in mind for
your blog before you start creating
it because the blogging software will ask you to name
your blog on the spot! Make sure the name reflects
the purpose of your blog and is not too long.
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