Creating a film-blog in class
|A weblog (or 'blog') is an online journal or diary that is updated frequently. Individuals use it to share their personal ideas, thoughts and experience with the public. The activity of keeping a blog is called "blogging" and someone who keeps a blog is a "blogger."
|You can learn how to use blogs for:
developing foreign language competences;
practising written competence;
practising lexical competence,;/li>
practising collaborative writing;
expressing opinions, impressions, comments;
implementing collaborative strategies;
developing critical spirit.
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|Students create a blog
which will be updated over several weeks. The topic of the classblog is 'films'.
1. Writing texts for the blog.
Students should work in pairs and prepare a contribution for the blog by a fixed date which is set by the teacher. Every week, a different team has to prepare a contribution for 'the film of the week'.
For the contribution, students should be prepared to:
provide a short summary of the plot of a film they have seen recently (on TV or at the cinema)
write a short review in which they express their personal opinion and impressions about the film
describe some of the actors
add some details about the film/the cast/the director/the making of ..
They may add their own photos, drawings, links to other websites or sound files to the text they have prepared. In this case, be careful with copyright. In almost all countries it is forbidden to publish material that can be found on the Internet!
2. Writing comments to existing entries. -->
The class is split into 2 groups - group A and group B.
Group should read the contributions that are published during weeks 1/3/5/7 and comment in writing on one aspect that they found particularly interesting.
Group B should read the contributions that are published during weeks 2/4/6/8 and comment in writing on one aspect that they found particularly interesting.
|Weblogs can be used inside the classroom, as a collaborative tool. Campbell (2003) distinguishes three types of weblogs: Tutor blogs, which are run by the teacher, learner blogs, which are maintained by individual students or small groups of students and class blogs, which are run by the whole class.