The untold story: A language teacher’s experience in a blog-assisted writing classroom

Ming Huei Lin

Abstract


Classroom blogging has been in use for more than a decade. A great number of research papers have been conducted to investigate its effects on student learning or students’ attitudes towards it. However, the understanding of teachers’ experience in a blog-supported classroom is rather limited. This paper is thus given the aim to expose teachers’ teaching experience in a blog-assisted teaching setting. The participant involved in this paper was a teacher-researcher who had one-year experience teaching English writing to ESL undergraduates using blogs for a year. The teacher-researcher’s weekly journal regarding this teaching approach throughout the year was collected for data analysis. The result show that teaching with the use of blog was rather time-consuming, which was mainly caused by technical issues rather than the teaching itself. More importantly, the teacher-researcher conceded that he failed to see his efforts being paid off by students’ learning output, which left him in great disappointment about blog use in class.


Keywords


classroom blogging, ESL writing, blog assisted language learning

Full Text:

PDF

References


Arslan, R. Ş., & Şahin-Kızıl, A. (2010). How can the use of blog software facilitate the writing process of English language learners? Computer Assisted Language Learning, 23(3), 183-197.

Challob, A. A. I., Bakar, N. A., & Latif, H. (2016). Collaborative Blended Learning Writing Environment: Effects on EFL Students’ Writing Apprehension and Writing Performance. English Language Teaching, 9(6), 229.

Chen, P. J. (2016). Learners' metalinguistic and affective performance in blogging to write. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 29(4), 790-814.

Chen, Y. L., Liu, E. Z. E., Shih, R. C., Wu, C. T., & Yuan, S. M. (2011). Use of peer feedback to enhance elementary students’ writing through blogging. British Journal of Educational Technology, 42, 1, E1-E4.

Churchill, D. (2009). Educational applications of Web 2.0: Using blogs to support teaching and learning. British journal of Educational Technology, 40(1), 179-183.

Fellner, T., & Apple, M. (2006). Developing writing fluency and lexical complexity with blogs. JALT CALL Journal, 2(1), 15-26.

Grami, G. M. A. (2012). Online collaborative writing for ESL learners using blogs and feedback checklists. English Language Teaching, 5(10), 43-48.

Hourigan, T., & Murray, L. (2010). Using blogs to help language students’ to develop reflective learning strategies: Towards a pedagogical framework. Australian Journal of Educational Technology, 26(2), 209-225.

Hsu, H. C. (2016). Voice blogging and L2 speaking performance. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 29(5), 968-983.

Hu, H., & Wu, H. (2012). Writing-research on vocational college English-teaching based on web-blog. Education and Educational Technology, 108, 715-718.

Hung, S. T. A., & Huang, H. T. D. (2016). Blogs as a learning and assessment instrument for English-speaking performance. Interactive Learning Environments, 24(8), 1881-1894.

Kang, I., Bonk, C. J., & Kim, M. (2011). A case study of blog-based learning in Korea: Technology becomes pedagogy. Internet and Higher Education, 14(4), 227-235.

Kuimova, M. V., & Zvekov, O. D. (2016). Blogs as a Means to Enhance Writing Skills in EFL Classes. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 11(4), 157-160.

Lai, H. M., & Chen, C. P. (2011). Factors influencing secondary school teachers’ adoption of teaching blogs. Computers & Education, 56(4), 948-960.

Levy, M. (2009). Technologies in use for second language learning. The Modern Language Journal, 93, Focus Issue, 769-782.

Lin, M. H. (2012). Blog assisted language learning inthe EFL writing classroom: An experimental study. Unpublished Doctoraldissertation. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

Lin, M. H. (2014). Effects of classroom blogging on ESL student writers: An Empirical reassessment. The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 23(3), 577-590.

Lin, M. H., Li, J. J., Hung, P. Y., & Huang, H. W. (2014). Blogging a journal: Changing students’ writing skills and perceptions. ELT journal, 68(4), 422-431.

Lin, M. H. (2015). Learner-centered blogging: A preliminary investigation of EFL student writers’ experience. Educational Technology & Society, 18(4), 446-458.

Lin, M. H., Lin, C. Y., & Hsu, P. Y. (2011). The unrealistic claims for the effects of classroom blogging on English as a second language, students’ writing performance. British Journal of Educational Technology, 42(6). E148-E151.

Miyazoe, T., & Anderson, T. (2012). Discuss, reflect, and collaborate: A qualitative analysis of forum, blog, and wiki use in an EFL blended learning course. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 34, 146-152.

Nguyen, P. T. (2012). Peer feedback on second language writing through blogs: The Case of a Vietnamese EFL classroom. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT), 2(1), 13–23.

Noytim, U. (2010). Weblogs enhancing EFL students’ English language learning. Procedia Social Behavioral Sciences, 2, 1127-1132.

Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful Web tools for classrooms (3rd ed). California: Corwin Press.

Sun, Y. C. (2010). Extensive writing in foreign-language classrooms: a blogging approach. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 47, 3, 327-339.

Sun, Y. C., & Chang, Y. J. (2012). Blogging to learn: Becoming EFL academic writers through collaborative dialogues. Language Learning & Technology, 16(1), 43-61.

Taki, S., & Fardafshari, E. (2012). Weblog-based collaborative learning: Iranian EFL learners’ writing skills and motivation. International Journal of Linguistics, 4(2), 412-429.

Trajtemberg, C., & Yiakoumetti, A. (2011). Weblogs: a tool for EFL interaction, expression, and self-evaluation. ELT Journal, 65(4), 437-445.

Vurdien, R. (2013). Enhancing writing skills through blogging in an advanced English as a Foreign Language class in Spain. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 26(2), 126-143.

Wu, W. S. (2008). Using blogs in an EFL writing class. In S. Priya (Ed.), Netlingo: The metamorphosis of language (pp. 86-99). Hyderabad, India: The Icfai University Press.

Yunus, M. M., Salehi, H., & Chenzi, C. (2012). Integrating social networking tools into ESL writing classroom: Strengths and weaknesses. English Language Teaching, 5(8), 42.


Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences

Print version:    1694-2620
Online version: 1694-2639