Summary of the article: “Weblogs for Use with ESL Classes”.
Aaron Patric Campbell, Ryukoku University (Seta, Japan)
As the article begins, under the heading “What is a Weblog?” we find a very good definition of what a blog or Weblog is, its main features and the content the user can publish on the internet.
It stresses the fact that anyone can “create and maintain” a weblog, as no knowledge of HTML or FTP is primarily required, although the user can improve the blog appearance if they can use the HTML.
The basic functions and use of blogs are also stated in relation to the software chosen.
The history of weblogs dates back to the beginning of the world wide web (Winer, 2002), although their free and commercial use seem to have started in July 1999 (Blood, 2000).
One can learn that there are three types of weblogs that we can use in the ESL classroom: the tutor blog, the learner blog and the class blog.
As far as Weblog software, it can be classified into two main categories:
As a conclusion two main ideas are highlighted:
- The potential of weblogs in the ESL classrooms.
- Their ease to be started and maintained.
In the “Appendix section”, the author provides information related to different companies offering blogging software and hosting.
To finish the article, the author lists the references used and invites the reader to visit his blog called “The New Tanuki” at: