In my point of view, blog is a new way to attract students to communicate through their reading and writing. According to Richardson (2004) language teachers can subscribe to their students linguistic abilities especially in writing and reading by using the web log.
The huge majority of students preferred English writing the weblog to the more traditional ways. Most of them believed that weblog can improve specialized English and a few of them said that they would definitely continue using weblog. The findings seem to confirm that despite generally having no prior experience of web design, most of the students enjoyed the assignment, believed that it was helping the improvement of their specialized English and that it assisted them in producing good work.
Weblog not only provides teachers with an exciting new way to approach communicative language learning, it also, despite facing challenges, gives the students a new reason to enjoy reading and writing.
The “blog” is a contraction of “weblog” suggests that a blog
(a) Must be on the web and
(b) Must in some sense “log” something.
Blogs are often aimed at a broader readership than the blogger’s own friends and family because they communicate with the diverse blogging community as a whole (Barret 1999).
The comments feature, for instance, that allows the reader to write onto the weblog either directly or following approval from the author
The weblog is usually motivated solely by the need for self-expression, and often communicates something about the personality, or adopted persona, behind the blog, through the style of writing and the choice of topics. Indeed, continually updating a weblog, like regularly writing in a journal, may help writing students to appreciate that writing is an ongoing process.
Another advantage that the weblog provides is the ability to communicate without the inhibitions and preconceptions that accompany most face-to-face interactions. Writing weblog is less formal and less threatening, thus students can write without self-consciousness or inhibition ( Roed 2003).She investigates this factor in her article, and explains how, people behave differently when communicating online compared to a face-to-face situation. Research has shown that when communicating online, people show fewer inhibitions, display less social anxiety, and reduce their public self-awareness”.
Writing blogs helps the students to read blogs and vice versa because through writing, the writer becomes more aware of the notion of readers; and through reading, they become more familiar with the corresponding idea of purpose. The new Internet technology Weblogs is redefining the way students and teachers use the Internet, turning them from mere readers into writers to the Web as well, and making it easier to filter and track the ever-growing number of resources coming online each day. These are skills which can then be used outside of the blogosphere and in the world of study.
These are the blogs that i enjoy read.
Yellow Lane - A personal blog that is beautifully designed, outlines the daily activities of Joshwa, who posts updates of anything from his vacation photos to his newly bought second-hand car.
Politics 1 - A political blog, it offers a fascinating examination into the insights of a pro-conservative blogger. This blog is filled with daily updates and commentaries of the political right in American politics. According to the WebTrends traffic report (for the period ending June 25, 2005), Politics1 is recording over 288,000 unique user sessions, 520,000 page views, and 6.6 million hits per month. The power of blogging certainly reaches into the corners of politics.
The House of Blog - A literary blog, the author of the site warns that booklovers should not buy a book until they have completed their pre-purchase intelligence gathering. Web del Sol's blog is designed with the smart reader in mind, filled with not only interesting analysis into the latest book reviews, but also useful links to other litblogs and literary webpages.
Interactive Media Seminar (CTIN 511) - This educational blog is but one of the many courses Justin Hall teaches at the University of South California. Known to some as one of the people who started blogging in January 1994 while he was a student at Swarthmore College, Hall helped revolutionalize the way online users communicated on the web. Now a professor of Interactive Media at USC, Hall continues to use technology to reshape the way education is operated, using blogs as a way to post syllabuses, communicate with students, as well as posting the most up-to-date information concerning the course as well as his field of research.