Blogging has never been my cup of tea.
Of all Web 2.0 tools, I've always more willingly deployed podcasting and wiki .
On the one hand, I don't like blog's navigation, or rather the lack of it, and the fixed hierarchy of always-on-top last entries. Next, my students are young learners of English with little or no computer literacy therefore unable to independently access and upload blog content. Paradoxically, only once did I decide to give it a try and use it as a platform for a digital learning object for a national competition project and my two colleagues and I were awarded the first prize. Sadly enough, the project had almost nothing to do with English language teaching since this subject is not very much appreciated among the competition's judges and stakeholders.
On the other hand, my thinking is: ''Who am I to write about what I think and do?'' when there are Jim Scrivener, Jeremy Harmer, Gavin Dudeney, Nick Peachey and the likes blogging regularly about the things I have yet to learn. It seems presumptuous, to say the least. I would always direct my trainees to their pieces of writing and consider it my fair share of contributing to ELT practices by using blogs.
Nevertheless, there are a number of reasons for using blog as a tool for enhancing teaching English to young learners. To begin with, it can be used as a kind of an organized repository, or a portal for students where multimedia materials and links to games and other interactive contents can easily be accessed from one place which is very important for this target group and the way they acquire language. It can also provide an excellent medium for curriculum and extra-curriculum extension. And last, but not least, blogs retain another motivating and significant feature and that is the ability to provide audience other than the teacher, i.e. other students, classes and teachers as well as potential collaborators and therefore turn the physical classroom into a virtual one.
So, here it is, my first personal and reflective blog entry ever. Who knows, the habit might start to grow on me once I begin doing it habitually. Blogging for this course makes perfect sense. First of all, there are people who will take an interest in what I have to say, at least our teachers and tutors, if no one else. Secondly, I have to write it and make the best of it in order to get a good grade. Finally, I hope someone will pick my blog to read and leave a comment. That would do for me, I'm motivated enough.