Blogging: A way to foster  EFL Writing

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1. Findings and Conclusions

1.1. Modern language teachers need to understand the nature of electronic writing media, the impact it has in sudents' literacy processes, and the ways s/he can best employ them in the teaching of writing.

1.2. One of the most important insights in regards to writing in EFL is the creation of a community of people who share similar interests  and writing objectives.

1.3. As pointed out by the followers of Vygotsy's principles, learning always if/when happens in community... who help him/her to scaffold in his/her learning process.

1.4. The creation of writing evinroments that encourage and motivate students to write. Blogs are powerful tools that can act as an alternative writing environments in which technology is the mediator to facilitate the creation of spaces.

1.5. The role of feedback  provided by Canadian peers and by the teacher was to help students to create better quality texts along the process.

2. Writing

2.1. Learning to write in either a first,second or foreign  language is one of the most difficult tasks a learner can encounter.

2.2. The proceces of moving from concepts, thoughs and ideas to written texts is complex (Richards 1990)

2.3. Teachers should respond or give feedback to students' writing in a supportive and helpful way rather than judge - red ink corrections.

2.4. Writing is not a linear process it is rather circular, the writer can go backwards and  fowards in the process.

3. The Project

3.1. It was developed to gain insights about the development of writing in EFL and to explore to what extend feedback from the teacher and from peers shape students' writing.

3.2. Setting: Two groups of students, one from Colombia public university and the other from Canada. Who interacted by means of using blogs. Ss were provided with three different spaces: 1.A personal blog. 2. A group of blog. 3. A blog for debate.

3.3. Research questions: What insights about writing in EFL can we gain from a blog writing experiences?                                                                 How does feedback, provided in the blog writing experience shape Colombian students' writing in EFL?

4. The Blog or Weblog

4.1. It is a new web tool that has spread all over the world during the last years. But only since 2003 has been used by language teachers.

4.2. What is a weblog? 1. Ward (2004) is a website  2. A personal webspace where learners can post any kind of information they want.  3. For language teachers a new tool to fulfill needs for the teaching of writing.

4.3. Advantages of using blogs: Allow poeple to have a voice and self-expression (ss-write in a free way).                                                                Develope collaborative work by using technology and to create mutual cultural understanding (crosscultural environment)

5. Contributions of Technology to the language classroom

5.1. Internet and technology can support writing: Students can have different kinds of peers. Students can write for other audiences rather than the teacher. It motivates ss to write.

5.2. Communication in these virtual environments can change some of the dynamics of peer feedback sessions found in traditional classrooms.

5.3. Weblogs are easy to integrate into the traditional classes affording students' freedom, creativity, own voice and self-learning.

6. Community of practice

6.1. The family is the first community children belong to and as they grow up, the communities are also expanded but in all of them the individuals are engaged in learning.

6.2. By using blogs students can create groups that share similar interests and that looks for similar learning objectives of the members. These groups are recognized as communities of practice.

6.3. Technology and ICTs offer a variety of resources that have faciliated the creation of groups of people around the world.