Tuesday, August 2, 2011

BENEFITS OF STUDENT BLOGGING

A series of conclusions and interrelated examples follow, based on the school's latest decision to incorporate student blogging into the curriculum. Will this form of students' self-expression eventually be used as a means of assessing their progress, as contemplated in a previous post? Only the future will show!

In the computer room of the school.


  • Demonstration of class work, resulting in getting a sense of achievement: The FCE (B2- level) students have been blogging since last year, having an array of written work to exhibit on their class blog and feeling very satisfied with the great number of visitors! An adept mother-blogger also copies her written assignments on her e-portfolio.

  • Creativity, combination of different kinds of media: B1-level students are proud to present videos of their favorite horror films and songs which have been embedded in their blog and combined with written comments. 

  • Additional help provided at home and possibilities for self-correction: This excellent blogger has corrected his piece of writing on his own, following the advice offered by his teacher in the comment section. What is more, the CPE learners create their vocabulary calendars exclusively online and receive feedback in a respective way.


  • Written communication with readers, learning how to respond politely to comments: The aforementioned girls interact with their followers with ease, leaving written comments under each post.

  • Collection of all helpful links in one place easily accessible by the student: The future IELTS candidates of the school link webpages containing tips, strategies and downloadable material to a blog destined to fulfill that purpose.

  • Students continue practicing English even after completing the desired course, a case of lifelong learning: George, a former student and a professional seaman, keeps updating his blog by publishing videos and texts about his travels.

See also our wiki page with tips for teacher and student bloggers.
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