Friday, June 25, 2010

Week 1: A Framework For Using Blogs

Before doing my MA that deals with improving writing by using the task-based learning model, I didn’t like writing. Now I admire it. Do you know … Why? May be because I perceive it well: its definition, purposes, nature, types, approaches of teaching … etc.
Thus, all the time I search for new ways of teaching writing. One of these ways of teaching writing is the use of web 2.0 tools, such as blogs, wiki, … etc. To be frank, I like blogs more. I’ve read many books about “How to use them in EFL classrooms.” One of these books which I admire is: Blogs: Web Journals in Language Education by Camilleri, Ford, Leja & Sollars (2007). For more details, you can download it from the following link:

http://sites.google.com/site/webskillssu2010/shared-photos/Blogs.pdf?attredirects=0. If this link doesn't work, here is another link: http://www.ecml.at/mtp2/publications/D1_Blogs_E_internet.pdf or you can google the book title, you will find it the second result.

One of the articles that I’ve read in this book is: A feature set for an educational blogging platform by Camilleri. He suggests a wonderful workflow model for using blogs. Actually it is very applicable in the EFL classrooms. You can see it on p. 40. This model involves a drafting cycle. This cycle allows students to create a post and revise it many times before publishing. Also there is a moderation feature that the teachers could use or not as they like.

Any way to be successful, we should find specific frameworks or models that can help in framing our way of teaching.


Resources Used:
  • Camilleri, M.; Ford, P.; Leja, H.; & Sollars, V. (2007). Blogs: Web Journals in Language Education. Austria: Council of Europe Publishing.

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