How to integrate blogging in EFL teaching (by Christina Markoulaki)

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  1. Barbara Barbara says:

    Thanks, Christina! I love your students’ page, and really appreciate your sharing the insights you’ve gained by using blogging as part of your own teaching.

    I look forward to trying out some of the suggestions with my own students, and I’m already excited to read your next installment!

  2. Excellent primer… I’m just about to start my second year of student blogging, and my use with classes has definitely been informed by my professional development blogging. Part of building an online PLN for teacher learning is the fact you get a more thorough, long-term understanding of how social networks and technology tools actually work before you take them to your learners.

  3. Thank you Barbara for allowing me to unfold my thoughts on your blog! As I’ve written, there are the basics one needs to know if they are about to employ blogging in their teaching, but you can find some interspersed suggestions which demand a somewhat better understanding of this technology.

    I completely agree with you Darren. Only by building their own awareness brick by brick will teachers ever manage to inspire their students to use it and to do so safely.

  4. Neil Barker says:

    I’m planning on using student blogging once I move to freelance teaching in a few weeks. I like the idea of blogging, and want to use it with adult business English students. I think the idea of visual learning will definitely help maintain motivation. Thanks.

  5. Tara Benwell says:

    This is an excellent post! There are so many great ideas here for teachers who have yet to blog with their students. Any teachers who want a space like this to challenge English students are invited to join MyEC. This English teaching and learning community is free to join and offers many of the tools Christina mentioned. You can upload videos, recordings, photos to go along with your blog . It would be so great to have more teachers sharing their blogs on MyEC. The thousands of English learners there are thirsty for your challenges! Thanks for the great links Christina!

  6. Christina Markoulaki Christina Markoulaki says:

    @Neil: You should definitely use blogging with adult learners both by creating a blog for them to practice the business jargon and by urging them to set up their own accounts (it seems easier to students who have just taken up blogging to use the ones offered in http://www.blogger.com rather than http://www.wordpress.com because of the relative complexity of the latter’s features)

    @Tara: Your kind words are much appreciated! Thanks for letting me know about MyEC, I will surely visit it to update my knowledge.

  7. Smaragda says:

    An excellent introdution to blogging for teachers. You ‘ve done an amazing job using blogs in your classroom.

  8. Your comment, Smaragda, means a lot to me! Let me tell you that your blog has inspired me in various ways!

    By the way, I should inform you that a new Facebook group has been created named: Teachers of English in Greece DO blog!

    This page is an attempt to gather teachers-bloggers and get them to share useful information. The idea was born during some heated online discussions between Smaragda and me.

    So, if you are a fan of blogs as valuable educational tools, then become a fan of this page, too, and let us know about your blogs and the way you use them in class!

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Teachers-of-English-in-Greece-DO-blog/279272313402?v=app_2309869772&ref=ts#!/pages/Teachers-of-English-in-Greece-DO-blog/279272313402?v=wall&ref=ts

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