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Developing Writing Abilities of EFL Students through Blogging
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Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education Volume 15, Number 4, ISSN 1302-6488

Abstract

Due to a rapid development and expansion of technology and, as a result, Web 2.0 technologies are providing both teachers and learners with new solutions to the limitations of traditional method in the field of language teaching and learning. The research compared students' writing ability before and after they were taught through blog, a new medium or tool for written communication and interaction in many different languages around the world. The research design is a kind of one group pretest posttest. Participants were 35 first-year students. They were divided into eight groups. Four or five students in each group created a blog, www.blogger.com, and they worked together for twelve weeks to produce six pieces of writing assignments. Each member in the group worked through providing comments, editing and revising on the blog until the group got a final writing and submitted that to the teacher for grading. The instruments used in this study were: (1) two writing tests; (2) a questionnaire surveying students' attitude toward learning through blogs; and (3) postings on blogs to reflect their learning experiences. The results revealed that after the students worked together on weblogs, their English writing mean score of the posttest was higher than that of the pretest, and they had positive attitudes towards using weblogs in learning. Regarding cooperative learning experiences through using weblogs, most students thought that it was interesting, a new experience to work with their friends on the weblogs.

Citation

Kitchakarn, O. (2014). Developing Writing Abilities of EFL Students through Blogging. Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 15(4), 34-47. Retrieved April 23, 2019 from .

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