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U SING WEB - LOGS IN THE EFL CLASS Presented by Christina Markoulaki, an EFL teacher, yet always a student markakischool.blogspot.com 7/3/2009 1 BLOGS.

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1 U SING WEB - LOGS IN THE EFL CLASS Presented by Christina Markoulaki, an EFL teacher, yet always a student markakischool.blogspot.com 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

2 A N OUTLINE OF THE PRESENTATION What is a web-log Why use it in the EFL class How teachers can use it (ideas and examples) How students can use it (ideas and examples) How to create your own web-log The web-log elements 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

3 S OME POSITIVE THINKING You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. By Zig ZiglarZig Ziglar 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

4 INTRODUCTION Modern computer technology has made possible a new and rich learning experience. The development of viable software for communication and online publishing as well as improved networking speeds has made possible a variety of activities within a traditional class setting that extend the walls of the classroom. by Julie LindsayJulie Lindsay 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

5 S AMPLES OF STUDENTS BLOGS Take a look at these pages. xouakina.blogspot.com vasilis-panagiotis.blogspot.com These are students creations, which have also been awarded a prize in kseblogare Greek blog competition. This is a sample of the vast potential blogs as innovative teaching tools offer.kseblogare 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

6 W HAT IS A BLOG ANYWAY ? A blog (a contraction of the term weblog ) is a website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.contractionwebsite (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog)en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

7 W HAT IS A BLOG ? (2) Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs.online diariesWeb pages (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog)en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

8 W HY BLOG ? (1) This is exactly one reason why I want my kids to blog; and just as importantly, to read the blogs of others. Blogs are doors to the rest of the world. This is a powerful explanation of what we try to do. We invite other people to know our lives, you read others blogs and discover their lives in other places. This is why I am adamant that my kids link to, read, and comment on the blogs of people who live in other parts of the globe. I want them to hear from Australiankids, from Brazilian kids. From kids who live in major urban centres, and from those who live in small towns just like they do. They need to learn about their differences, see their similarities, and understand about how, on this ever - shrinking globe, they are a generation of people who will have many problems to solve when they inherit what we are leaving behind.Australiankids Brazilian kids Clarence Fisher from Remote AccessRemote Access 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

9 W HY BLOG ? (2) 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

10 W HAT A TEACHER CAN DO WITH A BLOG post photographs, texts or videos relevant to classroom activities, then assign a task to students (i.e. ask them to write a comment or a post on their blog) Examples: bullying c class Rwanda Mr Fisher1 & 2Mr Fisher1 2 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

11 W HAT A TEACHER CAN DO WITH A BLOG 2 include useful links (link lists about all language areas) encourage self study Example: Mr Fishers blogMr Fishers blog Markaki school blog 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

12 W HAT A TEACHER CAN DO WITH A BLOG 3 publish homework or other teaching notes (e.g. in pps format) by embedding them an e-class markakischool.blogspot.com/2008/11/ u2-lyrics-one-lyrics.html markakischool.blogspot.com/2008/11/ u2-lyrics-one-lyrics.html 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

13 W HAT A TEACHER CAN DO WITH A BLOG 4 provide reading practice have a professional write about their job Ss read and ask questions the writer replies Mary Hilliss post about a Mary Hilliss wedding cakes designer 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

14 W HAT A TEACHER CAN DO WITH A BLOG 5 publish students scanned work create an on-line magazine markaki-students.blogspot.com 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

15 W HAT A TEACHER CAN DO WITH A BLOG 6 promote multiculturalism eTwinning project: Are we really different? (Portugal, Italy, Poland) 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

16 S OME FOOD FOR THOUGHT : If you had just completed a unit on the Past Perfect Simple with your C Class (A2) level students, what kind of follow-up task would you choose to include in your blog? 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

17 PUT THE PREVIOUS IDEAS INTO PRACTICE T writes the rule, Ss provide the funniest examples possible in comment form: By the time the teacher started talking again, all the students had slept. Ss take turns to narrate a story: Alice had a really bad day yesterday. First, she woke up in the morning. After she had woken up, she stumbled on her way to the bathroom. After she had stumbled…, she… embed YouTube videos before and after Hurricane Hugo hit Ss describe the scenes by leaving a comment, e.g. Before the hurricane hit, there hadnt been any damage. After it had hit, the weakest buildings were toppled down.beforeafter links to grammar quizzes 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

18 W HAT A STUDENT CAN DO WITH A BLOG ( INDIVIDUALLY OR IN A TEAM ) publish work done in class essays, poems, book reviews, news articles a digital portfoliodigital portfolio Examples: Adel: opinion on important issues, folktales, news articlesAdel class blog by Spanish students: entry about 2 nd conditionalclass blog 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

19 W HAT A STUDENT CAN DO WITH A BLOG 2 keep an on-line diary about their routine interests personal problems thoughts Examples Doras blog Dora Tonis blog : mixture of personal thoughts and class work Tonis blog 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

20 W HAT A STUDENT CAN DO WITH A BLOG 3 discuss with classmates or students in other countries and teacher about current issues Tonis blog about teenagersTonis blog GK-hall about Black History Month GK-hall 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

21 W HAT A STUDENT CAN DO WITH A BLOG 4 embed crossword puzzlescrossword puzzles embed glogsglogs to consolidate new vocabulary taught in class C class Halloween glog 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

22 W HAT A STUDENT CAN DO WITH A BLOG 5 create other activities for classmates to solve For example: gapped sentences riddles surveys 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

23 W HAT A STUDENT CAN DO WITH A BLOG 6 embed YouTube videos or their own ones and comment on them a vlogvlog Videos of: poetry reading in class interviews short dialogues book reviews See Christinas vlog on book reviewsChristina 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

24 S OME FOOD FOR THOUGHT (2) You have just had a discussion with your Proficiency students about studying/ working abroad. What kind of follow-up task would you assign them to do on their blogs? 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

25 S TUDENTS COULD DO THESE ACTIVITIES : Write a post about working conditions in London after having read relevant links Discuss through comments on a post (e.g. questionnaire about what facilities/ courses a university should offer) Record videos (e.g. interviews including roleplay: employer- applicant) and comment on them Make promotional videos about themselves demonstrating their qualifications: Jeffrey Hills blog, dailymail.co.ukJeffrey Hills blogdailymail.co.uk Make a crossword puzzle on new vocabulary 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

26 S OME FINAL CONCLUSIONS ABOUT BLOGS ideal for team activities in a computer lab can include tasks set as homework aid teachers, parents and students themselves to record, monitor and compare progress done help students become accustomed to new technology and modern ways of communication offer powerful motivation to students of all ages (surfing the net, sense of ownership, having an audience, choosing interesting topics) enable receiving immediate feedback on published tasks (esp. when teachers are followers of students blogs - new posts in the reading list) 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

27 H OW TO SET UP A BLOGGER ACCOUNT 1. Visit 2. Click on create a blog button 3. Fill in all the required fields you need to: a) give a valid address b) give a display or user name (like a signature) 4. Write a title and find an available URL address, which will also be relatively short and indicative of the purpose of the blog (e.g. Bclass.blogspot.com) 5. Choose a template (the overall design of your blog) 6. Start posting and customizing your blog! 7. Main fields: Posting (to edit texts), Settings (to perform all kinds of adjustments), Layout (to arrange or add blog elements), View Blog (to view changes) 8. To sign in again, visit 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

28 T HE ELEMENTS OF A BLOG a) Header = the title at the top of the page b) Posts = the texts in the main column c) Gadgets = anything that can be added in all columns of the blog, that is: Pictures, texts, profile box, blog archive Various lists, link lists, list of followers, blog list Polls, slideshows of your photographs Video bar, newsreel, labels of all posts HTML code so as any other gadget to be embedded, e.g. a clock, a daily renewed list of motivational quotes, a shelf with recommended books Spot all the above on this teachers blog: theenglishyouneedblog.blogspot.com theenglishyouneedblog.blogspot.com 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

29 BLOGGER HELP VIDEOS 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS How to create a blog How to insert a link How to add YouTube video How to add a blog list to the sidebar

30 M ORE INTERNET RESOURCES ABOUT THE USE OF WEB LOGS IN THE EFL CLASS How to involve students in blogging by Mary Hillis How to involve students in blogging Various teachers and students blogs A Wikispace on blogs by blogwalker A Wikispace on blogs eTwinning blogs Excellent classroom practices from Mr Fisher on The Cool Cat Teacher blog Excellent classroom practices from Mr Fisher Weblogs for Use with ESL Classes by A.P. CampbellWeblogs for Use with ESL Classes Creating a Writing Course Utilizing Class and Student Blogs by Andrew JohnsonCreating a Writing Course Utilizing Class and Student Blogs Weblogs links on The Internet TESL Journal EFL and ESL and web 2.0 on Teacher Dudes blog EFL and ESL and web 2.0 Blogging for educators on One Teachers Journey blog Blogging for educators The Edublogs magazine 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS

31 I F YOU FEEL IN A SIMILAR WAY, BE SURE THAT REAL WORK STARTS NOW ! 7/3/ BLOGS IN THE EFL CLASS


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