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ERIC Number: EJ898423
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0958-8221
Using an L2 Blog to Enhance Learners' Participation and Sense of Community
Miceli, Tiziana; Murray, Sara Visocnik; Kennedy, Claire
Computer Assisted Language Learning, v23 n4 p321-341 Oct 2010
This article describes the experience of integrating a class blog into an advanced Italian course, in order to provide an out-of-class forum for language practice and for sharing course-related ideas and information. It also reports on an evaluation of the blog's effectiveness, drawing on an analysis of the students' blog contributions and their responses to questionnaires. We argue that blogs can play a significant role in promoting learners' interaction and nurturing a sense of class community. For this to happen, however, careful attention to two key aspects is required: the way in which the use of the blog is integrated into the course content and structure, and the teachers' role in moderating and facilitating blog interaction. (Contains 6 tables, 2 figures and 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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