Computer Assisted Language Learning and Teaching
Department of English
National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Student Blogs & Wikis
Please read "What's a blog?" (a quick tour provided by Blogger.com) to get basic information about how a blog works.
Please create a blog for your group now. You can create a blog quickly and easily using tools provided by a free blog host such as:
- Blogger (http: http://www.blogger.com/start)
- Blog-City (http://www.blog-city.com/bc/)
- Tripod Blog Builder (http://blog.tripod.lycos.com/)
- Free ESL Blogs (http://184.108.40.206/free%2Desl%2Dblogs.com/)
- WebCrimizon (http://www.crimsonzine.com/)
- Upsaid (http://www.upsaid.com/)
- Pitas (http://www.pitas.com)
Once you create a blog, you and your group members can start using it to record your learning journals, exchange ideas and opinions, raise questions, or write anything you want. You can also add pictures and audio files to your blog.
You can also read
1) "Weblogs for Use with ESL Classes" by Aaron Patric Campbell, from The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. IX, No. 2, February 2003. You can get an overview of how blogs can be used in learning and teaching English.
for ELT" by Graham Stanley, British Council,
Barcelona. This article takes a look at blogging, an
increasingly popular language learning tool, and
gives an overview of blogging websites, suggests why
language teachers and students might want to use
them, and gives some practical advice on setting up
blogs for use.
There are hundreds of blogs specifically created for English learning and teaching purposes. Check out the following two websites. They list many blogs about English learning and teaching. See if you can hunt for some treasure!
- TESL: Weblogs (http://iteslj.org/links/TESL/Weblogs/)
- Blogs for learning English + teaching English (http://www.eslgo.net/)
What is a wiki?
- A wiki is web software designed for collaboration. Unlike a traditional website where pages can only be read, in a wiki everyone can edit, update and append pages with new information and without knowing HTML.
- Wikis are great for all types of collaboration, from writing documents and managing projects to creating intranets or extranets.
- Wikis can also be used as e-portfolios.
You can start making a wiki using the following free wiki host sites.