عنوان
What is a blog? How can it be used in teaching/ learning in an ELT context?
نویسنده (گان)
Golsa Faghihi London Westminster University
چکیده مقاله
Some years ago, the only place teachers and learners could interact was in the classroom; but as time passed and with the technological development, learners can learn even when they are far away. Gradually, people used computer to absorb different learning materials from around the world but they could not communicate simultaneously. Before the big invention, some instructors believed that the pedagogy was becoming boring and repetitive so teachers needed to cooperate from around the world to bring out new methods. Tolisano (p: 1) says that “We still have a long way to go as we need to move forward from merely a one sided communication tool to an online learning space that encourages, fosters and supports students’ creativity and learning”. When the world is moving towards the digital age, the teachers and the class environment should be digital as well. Tolisano (ibid) also states that “Being able to read AND express yourself in a digital world is an important part of being literate in the 21st century”. It is hard to still teach the young generation with the old-fashioned method of teaching and teachers should try their best to be up-to-date. Some teachers in English Institutes believe that struggling with the internet, even not knowing about English can help to improve the foreign language. But still the basic knowledge and the means of interaction should be taught before using the internet. In this paper, one of the tools which ESL learners can use to improve their English is going to be discussed. The parts are: ► The definition of blog ► The use of this tool in teaching and learning in ELT ► Some activities which can be done with this tool ► The pros and cons of each activity

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