Blogging: Innovation in an EFL reading and writing class

Document Type : Original Article

Author

Khatam University, Tehran, Iran

10.22132/tel.2008.122656

Abstract

Computer-mediated learning tools have promised to be effective educational tools in language classes. This research focused on integrating tutor weblog and learner blogs into reading and writing English classes. This quasi-experimental study was conducted on 57 Iranian freshman high school students at Farzanegan Highschool. Data was obtained through a Likert scale attitude questionnaire and ten open-ended or yes-no questions regarding the effectiveness of Blog Assisted Language Learning (BALL). Data were analyzed using Chi-square test with SPSS. The results of data analysis
indicated that the vast majority of students found the task of using and creating blogs appealing. They preferred weblog writing to the more traditional ways. Most of them believed that weblogs can improve their reading and writing skills. The students perceived that the interaction and cooperative learning among peers increased due to the blog assignments. This study yielded some practical insights and implications which are presented in this article.

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Volume 2, Issue 1
Winter and Spring 2007
Pages 59-73
  • Receive Date: 01 February 2007
  • Revise Date: 17 February 2008
  • Accept Date: 17 February 2008