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ERIC Number: EJ923380
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1533-242X
Effectiveness of Blogging to Practice Reading at a Freshman EFL Program
Leiva de Izquierdo, Bertha; Esteves Reyes, Leticia
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, v9 n2 p100-117 Sep 2009
The main objective of this action research is to explore the effectiveness of blogs to promote frequent extra reading practice in a freshman EFL science and technology reading program at a public university. Sociocultural theory and the revival of Vygostky's constructivism have made us rethink how to approach the learning-teaching process in the twenty-first century. Are we really helping our students acquire skills that will be crucial in their future? Are we using learning resources that will make them connect socioculturally and learn from the interactions among themselves and others? Many of the low proficiency students in this program do not have regular access to a computer and have not worked with blogs before. There is not only a perceived socioeconomic divide but differences in skills and knowledge about computers are also quite noticeable. The materials and activities of three class blogs used during the 2007-2008 academic year will be presented, as well as the interactions that went on among students. Results show that these online social environments are very well perceived by most students and that they are quite effective when new ways of learning outside the traditional classroom are explored. (Contains 6 figures and 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Venezuela