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ERIC Number: EJ1042244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0951-0893
Blogging a Journal: Changing Students' Writing Skills and Perceptions
Lin, Ming Huei; Li, Ji-Jhen; Hung, Po Yi; Huang, Hui-Wen
ELT Journal, v68 n4 p422-431 Oct 2014
This article investigates the effects of blogging as an approach to journal writing in the EFL writing classroom by means of a 16-week comparative experiment involving two groups of EFL college students. The experimental group (EG) was required to blog daily while the control group (CG) was asked to do so using traditional pen-and-paper methods. The writing performance and general attitudes to and perceptions of journal writing in both groups were evaluated through a writing test and a semi-structured survey. The research results show that blogging a journal helped the students to achieve a greater improvement in their writing than did the regular pen-and-paper treatment. Additionally, although both groups developed similar learning attitudes in general, the EG experienced significantly less anxiety in writing than did the CG. This suggests that the blogging approach is an effective approach for students in developing both writing skills and learning attitudes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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