About blogs

What is a blog?

Viewing blogs

Deciding what kind of blog you want to create?

Starting a blog

Using blogging tools to create your own blog

Slideshow with ideas on using Weblogs in the EFL Classroom

Using Weblogs in the EFL Class
Christina Markoulaki

Links to articles on using blogs in ESL/EFL

Weblogs for Use with ESL Classes
Aaron Campbell

Blogging for ELT
Graham Stanley

Creating a Writing Course Using Class and Student Blogs
Andrew Johnson

Create Your Own ESL/EFL Blogs

Sandy Peters

A blogger

What kind of blog do you want to create?

Planning 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.

 

You might want to use a blog to create links to relevant sites on the Internet.

  • If 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.

  • You 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.

  • If 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.

You 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...

  • What kinds of information and links will you provide for your students, and what blog-based learning tasks will you ask them to do?

  • Will you focus on one particular skill such as reading or writing? or, on one particular area such as drama, culture, or the arts?

  • How exactly would you like to involve your students? Will this be an interactive site, involving input from both you and your students, or will it basically be a teacher weblog to guide students?

  • Will it serve as a kind of online class bulletin board on which you post the syllabus, assignments, announcements, and other relevant classroom activities?

  • Would you like to document a class project on a blog?

  • Do you want to showcase good examples of student writing?

  • You 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.

  • Why 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 blog about...

  • your classroom teaching experiences, reflecting on what has worked in your classes and what hasn't (the learning process going on in your classroom)

  • your ideas on approaches to teaching

  • your teaching and cultural experiences in another country

  • teacher-training experiences

  • what you have learned from colleagues


You could use a blog to share ideas and techniques with ESL/EFL colleagues, blogging about...

  • your favorite teaching techniques

  • tips for using technology in language learning

  • a description of a specific teaching unit

  • ways to teach vocabulary or pronunciation

  • ideas for using poetry in the classroom

  • techniques for using drama in the classroom

  • some of your own (original) ice breaker activities or language learning games

You can create a shared blog for collaborative work with colleagues or have your students create shared blogs...

  • Teachers 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.

  • Small groups of students could create group blogs to publish the products of a project they worked on together.

  • ESL 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.

What 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 one.


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.

 

To create your blog, go to Using blogging tools to create your own blog  

 
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