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Fostering Reflective Writing and Interactive Exchange through Blogging Lina Lee University of New Hampshire firstname.lastname@example.org American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA November 20, 2010
What is a ? Weblog (website) – online diary/journal Single or multiple authors Postings in a reverse chronological order Read postings and make comments Link to other sources Instant publishing Social networking
Why ? Learner autonomy Decision-making; transparency; accountability Reflective thinking Personal and social space Collaborative interaction Collective intelligence through exchange Immediate feedback Responses and comments
Types? Native speakers’ blogs – reading skills and cultural perspectives Voice blogs – listening and speaking skills Group/class blogs – collaborative writing Exchange blogs – intercultural learning Personal blogs – reflective writing and interactive exchange
Reflective Writing Personal blogs over a 14 week period Spanish 631 (fifth semester Spanish) Participants – 17 undergraduate students A four-skill integrated approach – Teacher-assigned and free topics – Two 150-200 word entries per week Web 2.0 technology – Blogger, Podcasting, iMovie
Four-Skill-Integrated Approach Assigned readings from Revista textbook Free topics Listening to podcasts – Notes in Spanish http://www.notesinspanish.com – Cody’s Cuentos http://www.codyscuentos.com/ Speaking practice – 3-4 minute oral recordings for “Tertulia”
Topics for Each Type of Task Assigned Readings “Another circle” “Four scientific formulas for happiness” “ TV garbage” “I was my own path” “Ten minutes” Free Topics Women’s rights Red Sox in Boston Country music Swine influenza A (H1N1) in Mexico Listening to Podcasts Energy saving Facebook Eating out and fast food Adoption Smuggling iMovie: Oral Recordings Ideal personality Use of imagination Immigration Euthanasia Globalization
Reflective Thinking: Facebook “Your point was interesting. I have never thought about the parents. My mom has a facebook but She only uses it to post family pictures. I agree that facebook is a wonderful tool for us to connect with people. However, I think people spend too much time online. Also there is not much privacy. I actually prefer email.” (translated to English - podcasting)
Affective Support: Energy Saving “I really enjoyed reading your entry about having New York City go dark after Earth Hour. I did not know about this and I think it is a great idea to shut off the lights to save energy. I wish people would turn off the light when they leave the room. We wasted too much energy in this country. Well done!! Matt.” (translated from Spanish - free topic)
Comments on Readings “Most people made similar observations about the readings and some of comments were repetitive. I did not find this assignment engaging and useful.”
Comments on iMovie #1 “Making voice recordings was time consuming because it took a lot of time to upload a video to Blogger.” #2 “I did not feel comfortable making voice recordings in the language lab and the quality of the recordings was not very good. ”
Linguistic Improvement (Week 3) El año pasado mi familia hizo un viaje a europa. Este fue mi primer viaje afuera de los estados unidos y mi primera vez en un avión. *Estuve muy emocionada y *tuve mucho miedo también. Cuando llegamos a Barcelona, *fueron casi las once de la tarde. Nos quedamos en Barcelona tres días y … Al final, *era muy contenta con la experiencia.
Linguistic Improvement (Week 8) Me gustaban mucho estos podcasts. Empecé mirar la tele española y a veces, es muy dificíl comprender. La historia que Mariana y Ben hablaron [era] muy interesante. Un hombre [robó] muchos bancos y la policía no [pudo] cogerlo por 15 años. El hombre [llevaba] una peluca y [tenía] armas. La policía descubrió que robó casi 600,000 euros y mató dos guardias civiles.
Goals of Blog Projects Four-skill approach to task-based instruction Less-structured controlled tasks Meaning-oriented interaction Focus-on-form reflection Community building Teacher role in critical thinking process
For more information Lee, L. (2010). Fostering reflective writing and interactive exchange through blogging in an advanced language course. ReCALL, 22(2), 212-227. PowerPoint: Look for ACTFL2010 http://lleeunh.wordpress.com/my-blogs/ http://lleeunh.wordpress.com/my-blogs/