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Blogs in ELT

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Fergus Fadden

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Blogs for ELT
by Fergus Fadden

Blogs
What is a blog?
How to set up a blog from your Gmail account
Do you know how to do it?

MY BLOG
A BLOG WHICH A GROUP
OF FCE STUDENTS PUT TOGETHER TO REVIEW A JOHN GRISHAM GRADED READER

Why Blog?
To provide extra reading practice for students.
As online student learner journals that can be read by their peers. As online student learner journals that can be read by their peers.
To guide students to online resources appropriate for their level.
To increase the sense of community in a class.
To encourage shy students to participate.
CPD
Writing a blog to reflect on your own teaching experience can:
Very rewarding as it will force you to look inwards on why what you do works or doesn't work. Also, how things could be better.
It will gain exposure for you and increase your profile as a teacher or potential published writer.
Following other blogs will help you challenge your ideas and progress
Different types of blogs:
Tutor blogs
Class blogs
Learner blogs
What might be the difference between the 3?
I SIMPLY ADDED ANOTHER BLOG TO MY PERSONAL ACCOUNT

YOU CAN HAVE AS MANY BLOGS AS YOU WANT
I INVITED THE
STUDENTS TO
PARTICIPATE
I started each class by sharing the traffic stats with the students. This proved to be very motivational for the students and as a result their writiing dramatically improved
The Students worked together to maintain the blog with minimal effort from me.
The list goes on...
There are many reasons
To stimulate out-of-class discussion.
To encourage a process-writing approach.
As an online portfolio of student written work.
To help build a closer relationship between students in large classes.
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